Turkish stocks down over 2 pct at close


By Jeyhun Aliyev

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey's benchmark stock index went down 2.31 percent to close at 94,939.63 points with a trading volume of around 15.5 billion Turkish liras ($2.4 billion) on Friday.

On the last transaction day of the week, Borsa Istanbul's BIST 100 index ended the day with a 2,245.50-point loss from Thursday's close of 97,185.13 points, while it started the day at 95,603.35 points.

One U.S. dollar traded for 6.5190 Turkish liras as of 5 p.m. local time (1400GMT), up from 5.4660 at Thursday's close.

The euro/lira exchange rate was 7.4530 by market close, versus 6.3420 at the previous close, and one British pound traded for 8.3280 Turkish liras, while the GBP/TRY rate was 7.0550 at Thursday's close.

In Borsa Istanbul's Precious Metals and Diamond Markets, one ounce of gold traded for $1,210 as of 4.30 p.m. local time (1330GMT) Friday, down from $1,214 at the previous close.

As of 6 p.m. local time (1500GMT), the price of Brent oil stood at $73.05 per barrel — hovering between $71.41 and $73.14 during the day — climbing from around $66 at the beginning of 2018.