The reserved optimism of Greek epidemiologists about the course of Covid-19 in Greece over the last three days was reflected in stock prices on Tuesday, as confidence in the quickly taken, firm measures and the fiscal easing decided across the European Union have led to some relief for battered bourses, including Athinon Avenue.
Monday's session at the Greek bourse was short and sour for stocks. The start was delayed by over four hours due to technical problems in data transmission, and the benchmark suffered major losses in the three-and-a-half hours of trade (an hour's extension was granted), with banks once again enduring most of the pressure.
The Greek stock market continued to reap the benefits from the European Central Bank's move to include Greece in its emergency bond-buying program for a second day on Friday, but unlike on Thursday, banks were participating in force. Oil companies led the way, while mid- and small-caps appeared more reserved. There was a marked improvement in turnover.
The decision by the European Central Bank to include Greece in an emergency bond-buying program gave Greek securities a much-needed boost on Thursday, with sovereign bond yields tumbling and stocks jumping at Athinon Avenue. Public Power Corporation closed almost at its limit-up, while banks struggled to keep up with the other blue chips.
The Greek stock market experienced another mixed session on Wednesday, with the majority of stocks heading south, led by banks, while several blue chips withstood the pressure to continue the rebound they had begun on Tuesday. The ban on short-selling until April 24 is set to contain the volatility recently observed at Athinon Avenue.
Another day, another sell-off on the Greek bourse, whose benchmark slipped below the 500-point level on Monday on reduced turnover.
The Athens Exchange (ATHEX) general index ended at 484.40 points, a new 49-month low, shedding 12.24 percent from Friday's 551.97 points. The large-cap FTSE 25 index slumped 13.89 percent to 1,194.86 points.
The European Central Bank's refusal to adjust interest rates to breathe new life into the coronavirus-battered European economy resulted in eurozone securities being subject to a fresh round of sell-offs on Thursday. The Greek stock market plunged to new lows while the benchmark 10-year bond yield soared 51 basis points to 2.08 percentage points.