The European Commission announcements concerning grants and loans for member-states adding up to 750 million euros gave Greek stocks a major boost on Wednesday, in line with most other European bourses. The fourth consecutive day of gains on the highest turnover of the last two-and-a-half months took the benchmark over 8.5% higher compared to last Thursday's closing.
Despite the hour-long interruption to Tuesday's trading session due to a technical failure, bank stocks staged an impressive rebound of more than 12%, taking the benchmark at Athinon Avenue to fresh gains. The international climate continues to improve as hopes for a coronavirus vaccine keep growing, helping turnover in the local market to recover.
After six straight days of losses Greek stocks rebounded on Tuesday with non-banking blue chips showing the way for the rest of the market on rather satisfactory turnover. The rest of the week will reveal whether this was a mere reaction to the long period of decline or if the benchmark has bottomed out in terms of coronavirus worries.