The September contract on the FTSE 20 index was trading at a discount of 0.38 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange on Wednesday, with turnover shrinking to 28.141 million euros. Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 7,444 contracts worth 20.113 million euros, with 29,816 short positions in the market. Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 23,034 contracts, worth 8.028 million euros, with investment interest focusing on National Bank’s contracts (6,041), followed by Eurobank (1,972), PPC (822), Piraeus Bank (3,762), Alpha Bank (2,297), Cyprus Bank (1,291), ATEbank (3,030), Mytilineos (461) and OTE (367).

Foreign Exchange rates – Thursday
Reference buying rates per euro released by the European Central Bank:
U.S. dollar 1.466
Pound sterling  0.896
Danish kroner 7.564
Swedish kroner 9.199
Japanese yen 114.15
Swiss franc 1.176
Norwegian kroner 7.877
Canadian dollar 1.382
Australian dollar 1.328