The March contract on the FTSE 20 index was trading at -0.48 pct in the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday, with turnover a low 37.406 million euros. Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 8,113 contracts worth 29.781 million euros, with 30,571 short positions in the market.

Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 14,529 contracts worth 7.624 million euros, with investment interest focusing on National Bank’s contracts (3,737), followed by Eurobank (979), MIG (606), OTE (1,131), Piraeus Bank (713), Alpha Bank (2,168), Marfin Popular Bank (1,284), Cyprus Bank (1,001) and Hellenic Postbank (504).

Foreign Exchange rates - Friday

Reference buying rates per euro released

by the European Central Bank:

U.S. dollar

1.396

Pound sterling

0.858

Danish kroner

7.516

Swedish kroner

8.827

Japanese yen

114.34

Swiss franc

1.294

Norwegian kroner

7.776

Canadian dollar

1.357

Australian dollar

1.371