The September contract on the FTSE 20 index was trading at a premium of 0.32 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange on Thursday, with turnover at 44.539 million euros. Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 12,457 contracts worth 32.807 million euros, with 29,705 short positions in the market. Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 32,431 contracts worth 11.731 million euros, with investment interest focusing on National Bank’s contracts (15,879), followed by Eurobank (4,263), Piraeus Bank (3,237), Alpha Bank (3,613), Hellenic Postbank (984), ATEbank (849), Marfin Popular Bank (399), Mytilineos (306) and Cyprus Bank (931).

Foreign Exchange rates – Friday
Reference buying rates per euro released by the European Central Bank:
U.S. dollar 1.443
Pound sterling  0.891
Danish kroner  7.566
Swedish kroner 9.237
Japanese yen  113.77
Swiss franc 1.186
Norwegian kroner 7.891
Canadian dollar  1.364
Australian dollar  1.344