The benchmark of the Greek bourse continued its ascent for a fifth consecutive day on Wednesday in what proved to be a session of mixed fortunes as blue chips edged higher while the majority of stocks ended in the red. On the positive side, the daily turnover, having dipped recently to a record low, is also on the rise and approached the 50-million-euro mark.
The moderate gains recorded in the Greek bourse's last session of the year meant that the benchmark finished 2016 in the green, adding 1.95 percent to its value at the end of 2015. This meant that after two years of decline (2014 and 2015), the main index at Athinon Avenue has recorded a small recovery.
It seemed the minds of most investors were elsewhere on Thursday judging by the performance of Greek stocks, which drifted slightly higher while turnover was the lowest in the last 12 weeks.
The Athens Exchange (ATHEX) general index closed at 636.67 points, adding 0.15 percent to Wednesday's 635.74 points.
The Greek bourse was in a holiday mood on Friday, with trading action being particularly reduced and stocks having a mixed picture at the end of the session.
The Athens Exchange (ATHEX) general index closed at 630.28 points, shedding 0.25 percent from Thursday's 631.85 points. On a weekly basis it declined 1.46 percent.
Some investors cashed in Wednesday's gains on Thursday, but the benchmark remained above the 630-point mark.
The Athens Exchange (ATHEX) general index closed at 631.85 points, shedding 1.12 percent from Wednesday's 638.99 points. The large-cap FTSE 25 index contracted 0.99 percent to close at 1,695.79 points, while banks fell 3.85 percent and small-caps slumped 9.94 percent.