The March contract on the FTSE 20 index was trading at -0.24 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange on Wednesday, with turnover a low 22.711 million euros. Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 4,580 contracts worth 17.220 million euros, with 32,092 short positions in the market.

Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 11,854 contracts, worth 5.491 million euros, with investment interest focusing on National Bank’s contracts (3,570), followed by Eurobank (740), MIG (1,295), OTE (1,018), Piraeus Bank (1,590), Alpha Bank (1,008), Marfin Popular Bank (894), Hellenic Postbank (315) and ATEbank (295).

Foreign Exchange rates - Thursday

Reference buying rates per euro released

by the European Central Bank:

U.S. dollar

1.361

Pound sterling

0.848

Danish kroner

7.516

Swedish kroner

8.802

Japanese yen

114.02

Swiss franc

1.317

Norwegian kroner

7.890

Canadian dollar

1.343

Australian dollar

1.361