ATHEX: Bourse shakes pressure off to eradicate early losses

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.

Prem Watsa: Make Greece business-friendly

In an interview with Kathimerini, Indo-Canadian billionaire Prem Watsa, head of Fairfax Financial Holdings, expresses optimism that Greece can achieve a strong economic recovery in the coming years.

Apart from Eurobank and Grivalia Properties REIC, a Greece-based real estate investment company, Watsa has also invested in the Eurolife ERB insurance group and other companies.

Eurobank to absorb Grivalia Properties

The planned merger between the Eurobank Group and Grivalia Properties that was announced on Monday is aimed at the full streamlining of Greece's third-largest lender through the drastic reduction of its portfolio of nonperforming exposures from 39 percent of all loans at end-September to 15 percent at end-2019 and below 10 percent in 2021.

Bond yields drop on Italy and local merger

Greek 10-year government bond yields on Monday saw their biggest one-day fall since September after a strong rally in Italian bonds helped boost support for peripheral assets.

Analysts also attributed the move to a boost for Eurobank, Greece's third-largest lender, on news it will acquire real estate company Grivalia Properties.

Greece's Eurobank to acquire Grivalia Properties, source says

Eurobank, Greece's third-largest lender, will acquire real estate company Grivalia Properties, a Eurobank official told Reuters on Sunday.

The deal will be a share-swap transaction and boost the lender's capital base by about 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion), the official said without giving the value of the deal.

Eurobank says to acquire Piraeus Bank Bulgaria

Greece's Eurobank said on Wednesday it had agreed to acquire Piraeus Bank Bulgaria for 75 million euros.

The completion of the transaction was subject to regulatory and supervisory approvals, the bank said, while the conclusion of the transaction was expected to take place during the first quarter next year. [Reuters]