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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-06-26

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  • [01] Minister receives Patriarch of Alexandria
  • [02] Greek bond market closing report
  • [03] Papariga drug rehab clinic
  • [04] Stocks end slightly lower

  • [01] Minister receives Patriarch of Alexandria

    Tourism Development Minister Costas Markopoulos on Friday received the visiting Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa Theodoros II, followed by a meeting with Metropolitan of Zakynthos Chryssostomos.

    According to reports, religious pilgrimages to the North African nation, which hosts significant Greek Orthodox sites, was discussed.

    A conference under the ministry's auspices, focusing on religious tourism, is set for Zakynthos in November 2009

    [02] Greek bond market closing report

    Turnover in the Greek electronic secondary bond market was a low 870 million euros on Friday, of which 630 million euros were buy orders and the remaining 240 million were sell orders.

    The 10-year benchmark bond (July 19, 2019) was the most heavily traded security with a turnover of 357 million euros. The yield spread between the 10-year Greek and German benchmark bonds was unchanged at 178 basis points, with the Greek bond yielding 5.21 pct and the German Bund 3.43 pct.

    In interbank markets, interest rates were largely unchanged. The 12-month Euribor rate was 1.51 pct, the six-month rate 1.33 pct, the three-month rate 1.12 pct and the one-month rate 0.78 pct.

    [03] Papariga drug rehab clinic

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) General Secretary Aleka Papariga on Friday accused the government of abandoning the special drug rehabilitation centres while planning to allow private physicians to issue prescriptions for narcotics substitutes. Papariga made the comment during her visit to a drug abuse prevention centre in central Athens.

    [04] Stocks end slightly lower

    Greek stocks ended moderately lower at the Athens Stock Exchange on Friday. The composite index of the market eased 0.66 pct to end at 2,162.65 points, with turnover an improved 181.5 million euros, of which 5.3 million euros were block trades.

    Most sectors moved downwards, with the Travel (6.30 pct), Health (2.97 pct) and Telecommunications (1.76 pct) suffering the heaviest percentage losses of the day, while Personal/Home Products (3.14 pct), Oil (2.78 pct) and Chemicals (2.07 pct) scored gains.

    The FTSE 20 index eased 0.85 pct, the FTSE 40 index rose 0.76 pct and the FTSE 80 index ended 0.41 pct higher. Broadly, advancers slightly led decliners by 114 to 112 with another 42 issues unchanged.

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