The Greek stock market succumbed to pressure early on Wednesday but eventually narrowed its morning losses almost down to zero by the close.
The Athens Exchange (ATHEX) general index ended at 656.92 points, down less than 0.01 percent from Tuesday's 656.96 points. The large-cap FTSE-25 index contracted 0.39 percent to 1,720.96 points, while the mid-cap index expanded 0.46 percent.
The pressure was back on stocks at Athinon Avenue on Tuesday, as market concern over Italy is intensifying and local banks remain an easy target for trader speculation.
The Athens Exchange (ATHEX) general index ended at 681.17 points, shedding 1.47 percent from Monday's 691.30 points. The large-cap FTSE-25 index contracted 1.19 percent to 1,796.06 points.
After the four-day weekend the Greek bourse reopened on Tuesday in pretty much the same fashion as it ended last week, with early losses contained in the closing auctions - propped up largely by bank stocks - while turnover dropped to holiday season levels at what was the start of a three-day trading week.