ISTANBUL

Turkey’s benchmark stock index rose 0.21%, or 246.59 points, on Friday to start the last transaction day of the week at 120,096.24 points.

At Thursday’s close, Borsa Istanbul’s BIST 100 index was up 0.13% at 119,849.65 points, with a daily trading volume of 11.1 billion Turkish liras (nearly $1.8 billion).

The U.S. dollar/Turkish lira exchange rate stood at 5.9860 as of 9.30 a.m. local time (0630GMT) on Friday, versus 5.9800 at the previous close.

The euro/Turkish lira exchange rate also was unchanged at 6.6000, versus 6.5990, and one British pound traded for 7.8580 Turkish liras. It was 7.8420 at

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