The results of the first round of the French presidential election led all eurozone exchanges to gains on Monday, and Athens's was no exception. Hitting its third highest daily turnover in 2017, the Greek market moved closer to the 700-point mark, helped also by Eurostat's confirmation of the 2016 primary surplus data, which bode well for the future.
Bank stocks saw Wednesday's gains evaporate on Thursday, leading to losses for the benchmark and most stocks on the Greek bourse.
The Athens Exchange (ATHEX) general index closed at 674.40 points, shedding 0.67 percent from Wednesday's 678.96 points. The large-cap FTSE 25 index contracted 0.54 percent to 1,803.95 points.
Apparently still in holiday mode, the Greek stock market had a mixed performance on Wednesday, with very thin trading, minor gains for the benchmark, robust growth for banks and a high number of losers - almost on a par with gainers. Traders appear reserved ahead of decisions on Greece expected from the International Monetary Fund.
Despite bank stocks' notable slide on Thursday, the benchmark of the Greek bourse only posted a small drop as most other stocks ended the day in positive territory after another session of very thin trading.
The Athens Exchange (ATHEX) general index closed at 683.57 points, shedding 0.24 percent from Wednesday's 685.19 points. It ended the week up 0.37 percent.
Trading on the Greek stock market has already slowed down ahead of Easter, with the benchmark closing just above the 680-point mark after a small decline on Tuesday, although the majority of stocks ended with gains. The picture is unikely to change much over the next few days barring any significant news.