Borsa Istanbul down at close

BIST 100 index falls 1.13 percent; USD/TRY and EUR/TRY exchange rates rise

By Tuba Sahin

Turkey’s benchmark stock index, BIST 100, was down 1,306.66 points, or 1.13 percent to close at 114,263.53 points on Thursday.

The trading volume was 5.9 billion Turkish liras ($1.55 billion) while the banking and holding sector indices decreased by 1.74 and 0.85 percent, respectively.

Among all sectors, the telecommunication sector index was the top performer with a 2.62 percent hike and the BIST mining index fell the most, going down by 4.74 percent.

Shares of Turkish conglomerate Bera Holding were the top gainer of the day -- with a 13.75 percent rise -- whereas investment trust Global Yatirim Holding, fell 8.65 percent -- the biggest drop on Thursday.

The day's most traded stocks were national flag carrier Turkish Airlines, private lenders Garanti and Akbank, iron/steel producer Kardemir and energy company Zorlu Enerji.

On Wednesday, BIST 100 increased 0.1 percent, to close at 115,570.19 with a total trading volume of 7.1 billion Turkish lira ($1.87 billion).

The US dollar/Turkish lira exchange rate climbed to 3.8060 as of 5 p.m. local time (1400GMT) on Thursday, from 3.7820 at the previous day's close.

The euro/lira exchange rate rose to 4.6770, compared with Wednesday's close of 4.6660.

The BIST Gold Exchange index went down 0.94 percent while a kilogram of gold traded at 160,500 Turkish liras ($42,168) as of 4.30 p.m. local time (1330GMT) Thursday, down from Wednesday's closing price of 161,500 Turkish liras ($42,708).

The price of Brent crude oil dropped to $65.30 per barrel as of 6.00 p.m. local time (1500GMT) Thursday, compared with the previous close of $65.51.

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