Turkish assets weaken after manufacturing index drops to 5-year low

ISTANBUL Fri Aug 1, 2014 4:13am EDT

ISTANBUL Aug 1 (Reuters) - Turkish assets slipped on Friday after a survey showed a contraction in the country's manufacturing sector in July, with the index at its lowest in more than five years.

The HSBC Turkey purchasing managers' index for manufacturing, which accounts for about a quarter of the country's gross domestic product, fell to 48.5 in July from 48.8 in June, the lowest since April 2009.

Markets were also assessing data which showed Turkish exports in July were unchanged year-on-year, with an export increase to European Union countries offset by a 46 percent slump in exports to conflict-ridden Iraq.

The benchmark 10-year government bond yield rose to 9.18 percent by 0800 GMT from 9.08 percent at Thursday's close.

The Turkish lira slipped slightly to 2.1451 against the dollar from 2.1440 late on Thursday.

The main Istanbul share index fell 0.53 percent to 81,745.57 points, slightly outpacing the broader emerging markets index, which was up 0.68 percent.

Shares in Turkcell were up 0.36 percent after Cukurova Holding said it paid Russia's Alfa Group $1.6 billion to recover a disputed stake in the mobile phone operator, taking a major step towards regaining control of the company. (Reporting by Dasha Afanasieva; Editing by Daren Butler and Louise Ireland)

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