The June contract on the FTSE 20 index was trading at a discount of 0.23 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange on Wednesday, with turnover remaining a low 38.814 million euros. Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 10,358 contracts worth 33.277 million euros, with 28,655 short positions in the market.

Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 16,854 contracts worth 5.536 million euros, with investment interest focusing on National Bank’s contracts (3,957), followed by Eurobank (1,002), OTE (785), PPC (416), Piraeus Bank (1,621), Alpha Bank (1,547), Marfin Popular Bank (482), Mytilineos (369), Hellenic Postbank (450) and ATEbank (671).

Sector indices ended as follows:
Insurance:   -1.72%
Industrials:  +2.85%
Commercial:  -0.03%
Construction:  +2.54%
Media:  -0.67%
Oil & Gas: -0.95%
Personal & Household: +1.96%
Raw Materials:  +0.87%
Travel & Leisure: -4.50%
Technology: -1.84%
Telecoms: -1.01%
Banks:  -4.58%
Food & Beverages: -4.03%
Health: -1.63%
Utilities: -0.35%
Chemicals: -2.99%
Financial Services: -4.36%

The stocks with the highest turnover were National Bank, Vivere, OPAP and Alpha Bank.

Selected shares from the FTSE/ASE-20 index closed in euros as follows:
Alpha Bank:  3.58
ATEbank:  0.45
Public Power Corp (PPC):  11.07
HBC Coca Cola:  18.30
Hellenic Petroleum:  7.20
National Bank of Greece:  5.24
EFG Eurobank Ergasias:  3.36
OPAP:  14.04
OTE: 7.84
Bank of Piraeus: 1.11
Titan: 17.70

Foreign Exchange rates - Thursday

Reference buying rates per euro released by the European Central Bank:
U.S. dollar  1.473
Pound sterling 0.9
Danish kroner 7.569
Swedish kroner 9.034
Japanese yen 121.93
Swiss franc 1.313
Norwegian kroner 7.906
Canadian dollar 1.401
Australian dollar 1.381