The March contract on the FTSE 20 index was trading at a discount of 0.46 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange on Thursday, with turnover remaining a low 32.952 million euros.

Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 7,021 contracts, worth 26.045 million euros, with 25,856 short positions in the market.

Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 10,829 contracts worth 6.907 million euros, with investment interest focusing on National Bank’s contracts (2,197), followed by Eurobank (878), MIG (799), Piraeus Bank (1,005), Alpha Bank (1,530), Marfin Popular Bank (1,076), Mytilineos (998) and GEK (424).

Foreign Exchange rates - Friday

Reference buying rates per euro released by the European Central Bank:
U.S. dollar 1.424
Pound sterling  0.881
Danish kroner  7.516
Swedish kroner  9.017
Japanese yen  115.25
Swiss franc  1.292
Norwegian kroner  7.946
Canadian dollar  1.392
Australian dollar  1.399