Greek blue chip stock index futures open down 15.2 percent

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Posted: Aug 03, 2015 3:25 AM

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek blue-chip stock index futures opened sharply down on Monday ahead of the stock market's open, with the nearest contract <ATFQ5> expiring on August 21 down 18 percent at 202 points, after falling 15.2 percent on the first trade.

The stock market will open for trade at 0730 GMT (3:30 a.m. EDT) 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.

(Reporting by George Georgiopoulos)