The June contract on the FTSE 20 index was trading at a discount of 1.30 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange on Tuesday, with turnover shrinking to a low 23.477 million euros. Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 5,489 contracts worth 18.533 million euros, with 26,016 short positions in the market.

Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 9,442 contracts worth 4.944 million euros, with investment interest focusing on National Bank’s contracts (3,220), followed by Eurobank (422), OTE (826), PPC (460), OPAP (402), Piraeus Bank (1,214), Alpha Bank (861), Marfin Popular Bank (531), Ellaktor (223) and Hellenic Postbank (478).

Foreign Exchange rates – Wednesday

Reference buying rates per euro released by the European Central Bank:

U.S. dollar

1.427

Pound sterling

0.879

Danish kroner

7.517

Swedish kroner

9.061

Japanese yen

120.36

Swiss franc

1.319

Norwegian kroner

7.853

Canadian dollar

1.378

Australian dollar

1.384