ATHEX: Stocks give up most of last week’s growth

The benchmark of the Greek bourse came off last Friday's five-year highs on Monday as the market appeared to be keeping some cash aside for the upcoming 15-year Greek government bond issue. International pressure on stocks from the Chinese coronavirus played a part too, while the Greek economy's upgrade by Fitch had already been priced in last week.

Sectoral confidence starts year on high note

Confidence in Turkey's key sectors of services, construction, retail trade advanced on a monthly basis in January, the country's statistical authority announced on Jan. 27.

The construction sector confidence index posted the highest performance this month, rising 14 percent month-on-month, Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) data showed.

ATHEX: Banks feed another day of stock growth

The positive views on the Greek economy and its banks by various foreign firms, including rating agency DBRS Morningstar, continue to feed traders' buying interest, which is also trickling down to mid- and small-caps. This carried the benchmark through to another day of growth on Wednesday, on higher trading volume too thanks to a number of packages that changed hands.