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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-01-20

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  • [01] Greek bond market closing report
  • [02] Prinzhorn collection at Benaki
  • [03] Stocks end significantly higher 

  • [01] Greek bond market closing report

    (ANA-MPA) -- The yield spread between the 10-year Greek and German benchmark bonds fell to 818 basis points in the Greek electronic secondary bond market on Thursday, from 837 bps on Wednesday, with the Greek bond yielding 11.34 pct and the German Bund 3.16 pct. Turnover in the market was a low 34 million euros of which 18 million were sell orders and the remaining 16 million euros were buy orders. The five-year benchmark bond was the most heavily traded security with a turnover of 12 million euros.

    In interbank markets, interest rates were largely unchanged. The 12-month rate was 1.55 pct, the six-month 1.25 pct, the three-month rate 1.01 pct and the one-month rate 0.78 pct. (ANA-MPA)

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    [02] Prinzhorn collection at Benaki

    (ANA-MPA) -- President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias will inaugurate an exhibition of the Prinzhorn collection, entitled "Cause of Death: Euthanasia", on Thursday evening at the Benaki Museum Annex on Pireos Street in downtown Athens.

    The collection belongs to the University of Heidelberg psychiatric clinic and has toured several European cities before coming to Athens for the first time,through collaboration of the Greek Psychiatric Society, the Goethe Institute in Athens and the arts organisation "Aion".

    The exhibition features 96 works of art produced by 18 mental patients ultimately killed in the "euthanasia programme" of Nazi Germany in gas chambers, in the specially designed psychiatric wards of the 3rd Reich or through gradual starvation.

    Their works were collected by the psychiatrist and art historian Hans Prinzhorn, primarily on their artistic merits, after World War I.

    The exhibition will run at the Benaki Museum until February 13, 2011.

    Caption: A file photo dated 15 February 2010 shows Thomas Roeske, head of the Heidelberg Museum's Prinzhorn collection, presenting a sketch by Wilhelm Werner in Heidelberg, Germany. Sketches of Wilhlem Werner, who was forcibly sterilised and killed in 1940 by the Nazis, first went on display on 18 March 2010. ANA-MPA/EPA/RONALD WITTEK

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    [03] Stocks end significantly higher

    Stocks continued moving higher for the second consecutive session at the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday, pushed by strong buying interest for Greek bank shares, particularly by foreign portfolios.

    Market analysts said that despite official rejections, investors were increasingly discounting an agreement towards a lasting solution of the debt crisis plaguing Greece, Portugal, Ireland and possibly Spain.

    The composite index of the market jumped 2.62 pct to end at 1,546.93 points, with turnover a strong 148.721 million euros. Cyprus Bank (6.64 pct), PPC (4.83 pct), OTE (3.62 pct), National Bank (3.28 pct) and OPAP (3.04 pct) were to gainers among blue chip stocks, while Jumbo (2.33 pct) and Piraeus Bank (1.91 pct) were top losers.

    The Big Cap index rose 2.68 pct, the Mid Cap index ended 2.46 pct higher and the Small Cap index rose 1.58 pct. The Health (4.94 pct) and Utilities (4.72 pct) sectors scored the biggest percentage gains of the day, while the Personal Products (0.64 pct) suffered losses. Broadly, advancers led decliners by 118 to 46 with another 63 issues unchanged. Lazaridis (20 pct), Technical Publications (17.5 pct) and Varvaressos (14.29 pct) were top gainers, while Attica Publications (20 pct), Tsoukaridis (19.47 pct) and Tegopoulos (17.14 pct) were major losers.

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