ISTANBUL 

Turkey’s benchmark stock index opened the last transaction day of the year at 1,481.24 points on Thursday, up slightly by 0.09% or 1.33 points from the previous close.

Borsa Istanbul’s BIST 100 index increased 1.39% and closed at 1,479.91 points — an all-time high close — on Wednesday, with a daily trading volume of 35.5 billion Turkish liras ($4.83 billion).

The US dollar/Turkish lira exchange rate rose slightly to 7.3800 as of 9.30 a.m. local time (0630GMT), up from 7.3680 at the previous close.

The euro/Turkish lira exchange rate also increased to 9.0700 from 9.0440, while one British pound traded for 10.0600 Turkish liras, up from 10.0450.

One barrel of Brent crude oil sold for around $51.60 as of 10 a.m. local time (0700GMT).

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