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UPDATE 1-Turkish shares at highest since May 2013, lira stronger
July 23, 2014 / 8:57 AM / in 3 years

UPDATE 1-Turkish shares at highest since May 2013, lira stronger

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ISTANBUL, July 23 (Reuters) - Turkish shares rose to their highest since May 2013 on Wednesday and the lira hit its strongest since mid-June as risk aversion eased and after the economy minister forecast Turkey’s current deficit would fall by more than expected this year.

At 0848 GMT, the lira stood at 2.0942 against the U.S. currency, just off a high for the morning of 2.0933, its strongest since June 11. It stood at 2.1055 late on Tuesday.

“Global risk sentiment continued to strengthen, with slightly lower U.S. core CPI strengthening expectations that the Fed will not hurry to raise rates,” TEB BNP Paribas strategist Erkin Isik said in a morning note.

“The market will be looking for clues on the (Turkish)central bank’s next action from Governor (Erdem) Basci’s presentation.”

Basci was addressing parliament’s planning and budget commission in a closed door meeting on Wednesday.

The main Istanbul share index rose 0.6 percent to 83,027 points, slightly outperforming the emerging markets index which rose 0.44 percent.

Gedik Investment said the stronger lira and growing risk appetite was driving the stock market higher, forecasting trade in a range of 84,000-85,000 after the break above 83,000.

The benchmark 10-year government bond yield dipped to 8.87 percent from a close of 8.92 percent on Tuesday.

Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci’s comments late on Tuesday about the current account deficit - seen as the economy’s main weakness - were likely to boost optimism about the economic outlook. He said deficit will end the year below $50 billion at around 5.5 percent of gross domestic product if growth in exports, output and employment continues.

Among stocks in focus was Akbank, up 0.6 percent, which was expected to announce second-quarter results later. Leading mobile phone operator Turkcell, unchanged at 13.2 lira, is also due to announce results after the close. (Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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