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Greece: Blue chip stock index futures open down 15.2%

European stock markets rose at the start of trading on Monday, with London's benchmark FTSE 100 index gaining 0.43 per cent to 6,579.08 points.

[ATHENS] Greek blue-chip stock index futures opened sharply down on Monday ahead of the stock market's open, with the nearest contract expiring on August 21 down 18 per cent at 202 points, after falling 15.2 per cent on the first trade.

The stock market will open for trade at 0730 GMT on Monday after a five week shutdown.

Trading on the Athens bourse was suspended in late June as part of capital controls imposed to stem a debilitating outflow of euros that threatened to collapse Greece's banks and hurl the indebted country out of the euro zone.