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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-02-24

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  • [01] ADEX closing report
  • [02] Chinese evacuated from Libya arrive on Crete
  • [03] C-130s dispatched to Libya
  • [04] Stocks end 1.83% down ´╗┐

  • [01] ADEX closing report

    The March contract on the FTSE 20 index was trading at -0.29 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange on Thursday, with turnover at 55.469 million euros. Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 11,902 contracts, worth 45.034 million euros, with 29,104 short positions in the market. Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 21,953 contracts worth 10.435 million euros, with investment interest focusing on National BankÔs contracts (5,016), followed by Eurobank (1,372), MIG (1,250), OTE (1,227), Piraeus (3,572), Alpha Bank (3,429), Marfin Popular Bank (1,973), Mytilineos (684), Cyprus Bank (697), Hellenic Postbank (560) and ATEbank (366).

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    [02] Chinese evacuated from Libya arrive on Crete

    (ANA-MPA) -- The ship "Hellenic Spirit" arrived in the Cretan port of Irakleio on Thursday, carrying a very large group of Chinese nationals evacuated from strife-torn Libya. Greece has agreed to offer hospitality to Chinese evacuees arriving from Libya, who will stay on Crete until arrangements are made for their return to China.

    The first passengers disembarked from the vessel and were taken to hotels where they will be hosted.

    A second ship provided by the shipping firm ANEK Lines also arrived shortly before 3 p.m. with the remaining Chinese nationals that will be staying at hotels on the island.

    On the scene are Chinese ambassador to Greece Luo Linquan and the head of the Crete regional authority, who are coordinating the operation.

    In statements earlier, the ambassador praised Athens' prompt response and offer of assistance to China, saying that "it was a moment that would remain in the history of relations between the two peoples".

    Caption: ANA-MPA photo / S. RAPANIS

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    [03] C-130s dispatched to Libya

    (ANA-MPA) -- Three C-130 Airforce planes took off from a military base west of Athens on Thursday morning to evacuate more than 140 Greeks wishing to return from Libya, with Deputy FM Dimitris Dollis and officials from the foreign and national defence ministries on board to coordinate the operation.

    The planes are due to land shortly after noon at the airports in Tripoli and Sabah to pick up more than 100 and 40 Greeks, respectively, after receiving landing permission from Libyan authorities.

    Dollis outlined the difficulties of the operation in a statement just before takeoff from the Elefsina base, noting that there are approximately 300 Greeks in Libya. (ANA-MPA)

    He said the planes are due to return from Tripoli and Sabah by Thursday night, while the ministry is working on alternative solutions for the other Greeks, noting that the conditions were very difficult and that was why he was going personally to coordinate the evacuation effort. (ANA-MPA)

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    [04] Stocks end 1.83% down

    Stocks remained under pressure for another session at the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday, pushing the composite index of the market below the 1,600 level for the first time after 17 sessions. The index fell 1.83 pct to end at 1,599.97 points, with turnover a moderate 125.743 million euros.

    The Big Cap index dropped 2.34 pct, the Mid Cap index ended 2.23 pct down and the Small Cap index fell 2.25 pct. OPAP (2.11 pct), Coca-Cola 3E (0.56 pct) and Hellenic Petroleum (0.14 pct) were gainers among blue chip stocks, while Hellenic Postbank (6.10 pct), National Bank (5.14 pct), Mytilineos (5.05 pct) and Cyprus Bank (4.98 pct) were top losers.

    The Travel (1.81 pct) and Insurance (1.60 pct) sectors scored gains, while Chemicals (4.53 pct), Raw Materials (4.39 pct) and Health (4.03 pct) suffered losses. Broadly, decliners led advancers by 125 to 43 with another 39 issues unchanged. Nutriart (10 pct), Pairis (10 pct) and Galaxidi (7.89 pct) were top gainers, while Neorio (16.22 pct), Attikat (14.29 pct) and Vivere (10 pct) were top losers.

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