The September contract on the FTSE 20 index was trading at a discount of 0.65 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange, with turnover remaining a low 33.981 million euros. Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 9,340 contracts worth 26.697 million euros, with 28,010 short positions in the market. Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 22,736 contracts worth 7.283 million euros, with investment interest focusing on National Bank’s contracts (6,811), followed by Eurobank (990), MIG (549), Piraeus Bank (4,124), Alpha Bank (2,703), Cyprus Bank (654), Hellenic Postbank (208) and ATEbank (5,318).

Foreign Exchange rates - Thursday

Reference buying rates per euro released
by the European Central Bank:
U.S. dollar     1.453
Pound sterling     0.908
Danish kroner      7.570
Swedish kroner     9.226
Japanese yen      117.77
Swiss franc      1.224
Norwegian kroner     7.883
Canadian dollar     1.404
Australian dollar     1.362