The June contract on the FTSE 20 index was trading at a discount of 1.17 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange on Thursday, with turnover remaining a low 39.046 million euros. Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 9,661 contracts worth 32.776 million euros, with 28,214 short positions in the market.

Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 12,438 contracts worth 6.270 million euros, with investment interest focusing on National Bank’s contracts (4,261), followed by Eurobank (769), OTE (700), Piraeus Bank (1,909), Alpha Bank (1,399), Marfin Popular Bank (474), PPC (452), OPAP (458), Cyprus Bank (374) and ATEbank (306).

Foreign Exchange rates - Friday

Reference buying rates per euro released

by the European Central Bank:

U.S. dollar

1.451

Pound sterling

0.889

Danish kroner

7.518

Swedish kroner

9.101

Japanese yen

120.81

Swiss franc

1.298

Norwegian kroner

7.920

Canadian dollar

1.401

Australian dollar

1.382