Slide in Greek shares weighs on European stock markets

jueves 5 de febrero de 2015 11:27 GYT

* Greek banking stocks drop on ECB move

* FTSEurofirst 300 index down 0.3 pct

* Swiss market falls as government warns of franc impact

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

By Blaise Robinson and Sudip Kar-Gupta

PARIS/LONDON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Greek shares dropped 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 stocks sank, with the Athens Stock Exchange FTSE Banks Index dropping 10.1 percent, driving Greece's broader ATG equity index down by 3.7 percent.

Shares in National Bank of Greece fell 13.9 percent, while Bank of Piraeus declined 13.1 percent.

Those two stocks were the worst performers, in percentage terms, on the broader, pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index , which fell 0.3 percent to 1,482.22 points.   Continuación...