The prospect of Greece reopening its 10-year bond issued in March appeared to have seized the attention of most traders on the Greek stock market on Monday, with observers getting the distinct impression they were saving their cash for the reissue that is expected to fetch 1.5 billion euros on Tuesday.
The main index of the Greek stock market continued to slide for a fourth consecutive day on Thursday, though not as dramatically as Wednesday's 3 percent drop. The morning's brief reaction to three days of losses gave way to another selling spree later in the day, leading the benchmark close to the 820-point mark.
Stocks continued to decline on Tuesday at Athinon Avenue, as pressure grew, mainly on bank stocks, before easing during the closing auctions.
The Athens Exchange (ATHEX) general index ended at 861.50 points, shedding 0.80 percent from Monday's 868.42 points. The large-cap FTSE 25 index contracted 0.79 percent to 2,139.95 points, while small-caps increased 0.22 percent.
September ended with marginal monthly gains (0.04 percent) for the benchmark of the Greek stock market, which eased on Monday due to pressures mainly on non-bank blue chips. Following the conclusion of the publication of listed firms' first-half results, it has become evident that the improvement has only been moderate, despite investors' enthusiasm after late May.
The benchmark at Athinon Avenue again shied away from the 900-point level on Wednesday, only this time the pressure came from abroad, namely the increasing political uncertainty in Washington and London. Losses were significantly contained in the closing auctions, while Public Power Corporation made an outstanding comeback.