The Budapest Stock Exchange's blue-chip BUX index closed Wednesday trade down 0.49% on a light turnover of HUF 9.29 billion as BSE investors continued to seek orientation amid uncertainty stemming from civil conflict in Libya, political turmoil in the Middle East and the nuclear crisis in Japan.
The BUX lost 110.67 points to 22,422.25, fluctuating in a 2.05% range between an intra-session high of 22,604.16 at 9:40 a.m. and an intra-session low of 22,140.84 at 3:05 p.m.
The mid-cap BUMIX index gained on Wednesday, advancing 10.49 points, or 0.55%, to 1,905.73.
BSE blue-chips stood as follows at Wednesday's closing bell: Oil and gas company MOL lost 1.06% to HUF 23,400 on a turnover of HUF 3.94 billion; Magyar Telekom declined 0.85% to HUF 585 on a turnover of HUF 495 million; OTP Bank lost 0.41% to HUF 5,393 on an exchange-high turnover of HUF 4.1 billion; Drug company Richter gained 0.41% to HUF 37,150 on a turnover of HUF 455 million.
The BSE Big Four generated 96.77% of the exchange's composite Wednesday turnover.
Other major central and eastern European blue-chip stock indices finished mixed on Wednesday, with Prague's PX-50 gaining 0.48% and Warsaw's WIG-20 losing 0.38%.