The March contract on the FTSE 20 index was trading at a discount of 1.22 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange on Thursday, with turnover remaining a low 34.211 million euros. Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 7,491 contracts, worth 26.401 million euros, with 25,872 short positions in the market.

Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 20,191 contracts worth 7.810 million euros, with investment interest focusing on Piraeus Bank’s contracts (8,277), followed by Eurobank (676), MIG (602), OTE (1,568), OPAP (775), GEK (878), National Bank (3,012), Alpha Bank (1,464), Mytilineos (967), Hellenic Postbank (477) and ATEbank (418).

Foreign Exchange rates - Friday

Reference buying rates per euro released

by the European Central Bank:

U.S. dollar

1.432

Pound sterling

0.890

Danish kroner

7.516

Swedish kroner

9.004

Japanese yen

118.55

Swiss franc

1.310

Norwegian kroner

7.895

Canadian dollar

1.389

Australian dollar

1.384