Greek Morning News 21/03/2012


The General Index closed at 781.88 posting profits of 0.66%, completing six upward consecutive sessions, in a turnover of €58.34mn.

Greece raised €1.3bn in 13-week T- bills auction at an interest rate of 4.25%, lower than the 4.61% during a similar sale in February (PDMA).

The government said that Greece΄s public deficit for 2011 is expected to close at 9.2% (Dow Jones Newswires).

Pacific Investment Management Co. said that it is avoiding the debt of Greece, Ireland and Portugal and sees a significant risk the former will leave the 17-nation euro-region (Bloomberg).

The current account deficit shrank 46% y-o-y in January, helped by a smaller trade gap (BoG).

Corporate Releases

  • 03/21: OPAP – FY’11 results
  • 03/22: OTE – EGM

Corporate Impacts

  • Greek Banks: Fitch affirmed NBG, Alpha Bank, Eurobank and Piraeus Bank long-term Issuer Default at ‘B-‘ and removed them from Rating Watch Negative (RWN). The outlook is stable. ATEbank’s long-term IDR of B- has been maintained on RWN to reflect uncertainties about its viability.
  • Hellenic Petroleum: The deadline is extended by a week till March 29, reportedly due to the large volume of inquiries over the procedure and the higher than expected interest on the privatization.
  • Ellaktor: It signed a motorway that connects Sofia with the Greek borders project in Bulgaria for €28.6mn. The construction of the project will start on April 5 and will last 23 months.
  • Elval: It acquired 1.8mn shares of ETEM (6% of its share capital) yesterday and after this action, it holds 21.24mn shares (70.78% of its share capital).
  • BoC: It increased its core tier 1 capital by €594mn through a rights issue (€160mn) and a convertible securities exchange (€434mn). The bank had initially planned a rights issue of up to €393m and up to €600mn worth of convertible securities.


  • FTSE 20 June future:
    Support levels: 304-296-290. Resistance levels: 320-330-336.


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