The March contract on the FTSE 20 index was trading at a premium of 0.42 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange on Thursday, with turnover a low 48.507 million euros. Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 9,392 contracts worth 36.061 million euros, with 32,307 short positions in the market.

Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 28,306 contracts worth 12.446 million euros, with investment interest focusing on National Bank’s contracts (5,294), followed by Eurobank (2,507), MIG (4,826), OTE (1,447), PPC (1,166), Piraeus Bank (3,544), GEK (422), Alpha Bank (2,823), Marfin Popular Bank (1,973), Mytilineos (863), Hellenic Postbank (1,087) and ATEbank (600).

Foreign Exchange rates - Friday

Reference buying rates per euro released

by the European Central Bank:

U.S. dollar

1.366

Pound sterling

0.847

Danish kroner

7.515

Swedish kroner

8.812

Japanese yen

114.3

Swiss franc

1.307

Norwegian kroner

7.87

Canadian dollar

1.343

Australian dollar

1.360