Turkish stocks rise more than 2 percent at close

By Gokhan Ergocun

ISTANBUL (AA) – Turkey's benchmark stock index jumped 2.02 percent to close at 96,657.42 points on Friday.

Borsa Istanbul's BIST 100 index ended the day with a 1,909.89-point increase from Thursday's close of 94,747.53 points, while it opened the day at 95,695.39 points, up 1 percent.

The USD/TRY exchange rate dropped to 5.9320 at Friday's close, down from 5.9930 at the previous close.

The euro/lira rate also fell to 6.8510, versus 6.9350 at Thursday's close, and the GBP/TRY exchange rate was 7.8240 while one British pound exchanged for 7.9370 Turkish liras at the previous close.

One ounce of gold was sold for $1,221 at Friday's close in Borsa Istanbul's Precious Metals and Diamond Markets, while the price was $1,202.60 at the previous close.

The price of Brent oil was $80.58 per barrel as of 6 p.m. local time (1500GMT), compared with $81.25 at Thursday's close.