The March contract on the FTSE 20 index was trading at a premium of 1.57 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange on Friday, with turnover rising slightly to 56.306 million euros. Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 9,140 contracts worth 35.957 million euros, with 32,542 short positions in the market.

Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 63,147 contracts worth 20.349 million euros, with investment interest focusing on Marfin Popular Bank (19,740), followed by Eurobank (7,428), MIG (2,785), OTE (2,193), Piraeus Bank (11,759), National Bank (3,952), Alpha Bank (3,144), Cyprus Bank (2,640), Hellenic Postbank (4,148), ATEbank (1,144) and Mytilineos (732).

Foreign Exchange rates - Saturday/Monday

Reference buying rates per euro released

by the European Central Bank:

U.S. dollar

1.373

Pound sterling

0.846

Danish kroner

7.514

Swedish kroner

8.802

Japanese yen

114.53

Swiss franc

1.307

Norwegian kroner

7.817

Canadian dollar

1.350

Australian dollar

1.358