Borsa Istanbul down at close

By Tuba Sahin

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey's benchmark stock index closed Monday down 1.69 percent at 91,698.34 points with a trading volume of around 5.2 billion Turkish liras ($800 million).

Borsa Istanbul's BIST 100 index ended the day with a 1.575,81-point decrease from Friday's close of 93,274.15 points, while it opened the day at 93.532,90 points, up 0.28 percent.

The USD/TRY exchange rate rose to 6.4620 as of 5 p.m. local time (1400GMT) Monday, compared with 6.4500 at Friday's close.

The euro/lira exchange rate also increased to 7.5010 by market close, versus 7.4690 at the previous close, while the British pound/lira exchange rate reached 8.4160 Turkish liras, compared with 8.3620 at Friday's close.

In Borsa Istanbul's Precious Metals and Diamond Markets, one ounce of gold traded for $1,193.80 as of 5.30 p.m. local time (1430GMT) Monday, compared with $1,195.00 at the previous close.

As of 6 p.m. local time (1500GMT), the price of Brent oil rose to $77.28 per barrel, compared with $76.83 at the previous close.