The March contract on the FTSE 20 index was trading at -0.42 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange, with turnover shrinking further to 24.505 million euros. Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 5,743 contracts worth 21.030 million euros, with 28,849 short positions in the market.

Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 8,491 contracts worth 3.474 million euros with investment interest focusing on Marfin Popular Bank’s contracts (1,993), followed by Eurobank (551), MIG (204), OTE (200), PPC (244), Piraeus Bank (939), National Bank (1,697), Alpha Bank (771), GEK (390), Mytilineos (416) and Hellenic Postbank (307).

Foreign Exchange rates - Saturday/Monday

Reference buying rates per euro released

by the European Central Bank:

U.S. dollar

1.406

Pound sterling

0.864

Danish kroner

7.516

Swedish kroner

8.905

Japanese yen

116.56

Swiss franc

1.310

Norwegian kroner

7.842

Canadian dollar

1.368

Australian dollar

1.390