The March contract on the FTSE 20 index was trading at a discount of 0.69 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange on Thursday, with turnover rising slightly to 52.504 million euros. Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 10,682 contracts worth 37.593 million euros, with 29,750 short positions in the market.

Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 32,610 contracts worth 14.911 million euros, with investment interest focusing on National Bank’s contracts (5,170), followed by Eurobank (814), MIG (3,879), OTE (3,783), PPC (3,259), Piraeus Bank (2,446), Hellenic Exchanges (4,184), GEK (4,197), Alpha Bank (2,649), Marfin Popular Bank (3,508) and Mytilineos (606).

Foreign Exchange rates - Friday

Reference buying rates per euro released

by the European Central Bank:

U.S. dollar

1.392

Pound sterling

0.863

Danish kroner

7.517

Swedish kroner

8.882

Japanese yen

115.7

Swiss franc

1.301

Norwegian kroner

7.844

Canadian dollar

1.352

Australian dollar

1.389