The March contract on the FTSE 20 index was trading at -0.88 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange on Friday, with turnover at 50.683 million euros. Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 9,526 contracts worth 37.430 million euros, with 34,222 short positions in the market.

Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 30,733 contracts, worth 13.253 million euros, with investment interest focusing on Marfin Popular Bank’s contracts (8,534), followed by Eurobank (1,468), PPC (1,307), Piraeus Bank (3,771), National Bank (5,799), Alpha Bank (2,792), Hellenic Postbank (1,284), Hellenic Petroleum (897), OTE (981) and Cyprus Bank (624).

Foreign Exchange rates - Saturday/Monday

Reference buying rates per euro released

by the European Central Bank:

U.S. dollar

1.374

Pound sterling

0.853

Danish kroner

7.514

Swedish kroner

8.889

Japanese yen

112.31

Swiss franc

1.305

Norwegian kroner

7.87

Canadian dollar

1.355

Australian dollar

1.351