The June contract on the FTSE 20 index was trading at a discount of 1.01 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange on Wednesday, with turnover improving slightly to 45.630 million euros. Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 11,544 contracts worth 39.287 million euros, with 26,860 short positions in the market.

Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 19,330 contracts worth 6.343 million euros, with investment interest focusing on Piraeus Bank’s contracts (3,808), followed by Eurobank (1,219), OTE (1,832), PPC (497), OPAP (665), National Bank (3,739), Alpha Bank (1,821), Marfin Popular Bank (701), Mytilineos (611), Hellenic Postbank (865) and ATEbank (2,226).

Foreign Exchange rates - Thursday

Reference buying rates per euro released

by the European Central Bank:

U.S. dollar

1.441

Pound sterling

0.884

Danish kroner

7.516

Swedish kroner

9.084

Japanese yen

122.79

Swiss franc

1.320

Norwegian kroner

7.847

Canadian dollar

1.382

Australian dollar

1.387