The March contract on the FTSE 20 index was trading at -1.46 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange on Wednesday, with turnover a low 39.956 million euros. Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 8,800 contracts worth 32.419 million euros, with 25,549 short positions in the market.

Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 14,647 contracts worth 7.537 million euros, with investment interest focusing on National Bank’s contracts (3,522), followed by Eurobank (889), MIG (2,667), OTE (1,760), Piraeus Bank (940), Alpha Bank (2,615), Mytilineos (712) and Hellenic Postbank (369).

Foreign Exchange rates - Thursday

Reference buying rates per euro released

by the European Central Bank:

U.S. dollar

1.424

Pound sterling

0.876

Danish kroner

7.517

Swedish kroner

9.002

Japanese yen

115.34

Swiss franc

1.284

Norwegian kroner

7.954

Canadian dollar

1.400

Australian dollar

1.411