UPDATE – Turkish stocks rise more than 2 percent at close

UPDATES WITH MORE DAILY FIGURES

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 benchmark index hovered between 93,389.22 points and 97,168.78 points, while 79 stocks were on the rise, 16 on the decline, and five flat compared to the previous close.

The total market value of listed shares on the BIST 100 was 633.18 billion liras ($105.8 billion) at close, while the banking and holding sectors indices increased 2.20 percent and 1.56 percent, respectively.

Among all sectors, the transportation sector index was the best performer, up 5.45 percent, while the sports sector index only saw a decline, down 2.46 percent.

The stocks of supermarket chain Sok Marketler climbed the most, up 8.05 percent, while stocks of casting producer Cemas Dokum suffered the worst, falling 20 percent.

The BIST 100's most traded listed companies were state lender Halkbank, private lender Garanti, national flag carrier Turkish Airlines, defense company Aselsan and another private lender Akbank.

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

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