The March contract on the FTSE 20 index was trading at a premium of 0.42 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange on Monday, with turnover rising to 140.527 million euros. Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 26,061 contracts worth 100.243 million euros with 32,957 short positions in the market.

Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 85,702 contracts worth 40.283 million euros, with investment interest focusing on Marfin Popular Bank’s contracts (12,836), followed by Eurobank (3,800), MIG (5,801), OTE (11,341), PPC (2,329), Piraeus Bank (7,062), National Bank (12,705), Alpha Bank (12,541), GEK (1,373), Mytilineos (3,515), Cyprus Bank (3,466), Hellenic Postbank (2,570) and ATEbank (2,120).

Foreign Exchange rates - Tuesday

Reference buying rates per euro released

by the European Central Bank:

U.S. dollar

1.406

Pound sterling

0.872

Danish kroner

7.518

Swedish kroner

8.911

Japanese yen

115.07

Swiss franc

1.304

Norwegian kroner

7.891

Canadian dollar

1.370

Australian dollar

1.395