Athens Exchange

ATHEX: Bourse reacts to four days of contraction

The Greek stock market reacted after four consecutive sessions of decline to post significant gains on Tuesday, and on notable trading volume too. Traders appear to have taken for granted that DBRS Morningstar will this Friday restore Greece's investment grade rating, and if that does not materialize the bourse will likely take a nosedive as of Monday.

Businesses eager to pay back loans

Since the beginning of 2021, Greece's four biggest banks - Alpha, Eurobank, National and Piraeus - have lent businesses some €70 billion, and businesses, in turn, have paid back €55 billion from these or earlier loan.

The net credit expansion of €15 billion is considered low and there are worries that it may drop further in coming years.