The March contract on the FTSE 20 index was trading at a discount of 1.68 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange on Tuesday, with turnover remaining a low 39.188 million euros. Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 8,795 contracts worth 32.126 million euros, with 26,301 short positions in the market.

Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 13,475 contracts worth 7.062 million euros, with investment interest focusing on National Bank’s contracts (3,847), followed by Eurobank (916), OTE (741), PPC (515), Piraeus Bank (2,320), Alpha Bank (1,838), Mytilineos (307), Cyprus Bank (634), Hellenic Postbank (463) and ATEbank (442).

Foreign Exchange rates – Wednesday

Reference buying rates per euro released

by the European Central Bank:

U.S. dollar

1.417

Pound sterling

0.888

Danish kroner

7.517

Swedish kroner

9.056

Japanese yen

116.52

Swiss franc

1.306

Norwegian kroner

7.967

Canadian dollar

1.384

Australian dollar

1.386