The March contract on the FTSE 20 index was trading at a discount of 0.81 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange on Tuesday, with turnover shrinking to a low 18.470 million euros. Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 3.513 contracts worth 13.121 million euros, with 25,346 short positions in the market.

Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 9,293 contracts worth 5.349 million euros, with investment interest focusing on National Bank’s contracts (1,857), followed by Eurobank (700), OTE (1,085), Piraeus Bank (1,698), Alpha Bank (1,104), Mytilineos (563) and Hellenic Postbank (350).

Foreign Exchange rates - Wednesday

Reference buying rates per euro released

by the European Central Bank:

U.S. dollar

1.432

Pound sterling

0.874

Danish kroner

7.516

Swedish kroner

9.003

Japanese yen

116.07

Swiss franc

1.294

Norwegian kroner

7.969

Canadian dollar

1.402

Australian dollar

1.415