Slide in Greek shares weighs on European stock markets

jueves 5 de febrero de 2015 06:56 GYT

* Greek banking stocks plunge on ECB move

* Athens' ATG equity index down around 6 pct

* Swiss market falls as govt warns of impact of strong franc

* But Greek worries offset by ECB's new QE programme

By Blaise Robinson and Sudip Kar-Gupta

PARIS/LONDON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Greek shares fell sharply on Thursday, pegging back European stock markets, after the European Central Bank abruptly cancelled its acceptance of Greek bonds in return for funding.

Greek banking shares sank, with the Athens Stock Exchange FTSE Banks Index dropping 14 percent, driving Greece's broader ATG equity index down by 5.9 percent.

Shares in National Bank of Greece fell 15.4 percent, while Bank of Piraeus declined 15.2 percent.

Those two stocks were the worst performers, in percentage terms, on the broader, pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index , which fell 0.2 percent to 1,484.84 points.   Continuación...