The March contract on the FTSE 20 index was trading at -0.34 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange on Wednesday, with turnover remaining a low 43.109 million euros. Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 9,026 contracts worth 31.918 million euros, with 29,750 short positions in the market.

Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 28,989 contracts worth 11.191 million euros, with investment interest focusing on GEK’s contracts (6,137), followed by Eurobank (789), MIG (895), OTE (651), PPC (1,062), Piraeus Bank (4,006), National Bank (5,852), Alpha Bank (1,787), Marfin Popular Bank (4,500), Cyprus Bank (1,294) and ATEbank (335).

Foreign Exchange rates - Thursday

Reference buying rates per euro released

by the European Central Bank:

U.S. dollar

1.403

Pound sterling

0.865

Danish kroner

7.517

Swedish kroner

8.875

Japanese yen

116.06

Swiss franc

1.302

Norwegian kroner

7.813

Canadian dollar

1.358

Australian dollar

1.386