An employee of the Stock Exchange sits at the entrance of the building in Athens on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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Greek stocks fell in volatile trade Monday after anti-austerity party Syriza swept Sunday's vote, while other European equities kept rising on the promise of European Central Bank bond-buying.Athens's ATG index fell 3.2 percent, led lower by a slump in banks such as Piraeus Bank, down 17.6 percent, and Alpha Bank, down 11.6 percent, as investors fretted about a possible standoff with Greece's EU/IMF lenders and possible implications for liquidity and depositor confidence in the sector.Greek shares briefly turned positive in volatile trade before turning lower again, after left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras struck a deal to form a government with a right-wing party that also opposes the terms of Greece's 240 million euro bailout.The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 0.6 percent at 1,488.03 points, to set a fresh seven-year closing high, with German and French benchmarks up 1.4 percent and 0.7 percent.
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