The March contract on the FTSE 20 index was trading at -0.40 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange on Tuesday, with turnover rising to 73.774 million euros. Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 14,104 contracts worth 53.735 million euros, with 35,995 short positions in the market.

Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 55,421 contracts worth 20.021 million euros, with investment interest focusing on Marfin Popular Bank’s contracts, followed by Eurobank (2,523), OTE (2,178), Piraeus Bank (6,784), National Bank (11,050), Alpha Bank (2,566), Intracom (1,232), Intralot (1,122), Mytilineos (1,104), Cyprus Bank (1,145) and Hellenic Postbank (923).

Foreign Exchange rates - Wednesday

Reference buying rates per euro released

by the European Central Bank:

U.S. dollar

1.386

Pound sterling

0.860

Danish kroner

7.514

Swedish kroner

8.875

Japanese yen

113.09

Swiss franc

1.305

Norwegian kroner

7.945

Canadian dollar

1.382

Australian dollar

1.375