Turkey: Turkey – Factors to Watch on June 16

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ISTANBUL, June 16 (Reuters) – Here are news, reports and events that may affect Turkish financial markets on Friday.

The lira stood at 3.5270 against the U.S. dollar at 0529 GMT, weakening from 3.5150 at Thursday’s close.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year bond was at 10.51 percent in spot trade on Thursday and was at 10.52 percent in Friday-dated trade.

The main BIST 100 share index fell 0.90 percent to 98,737.01 points on Thursday.

GLOBAL MARKETS

Asian stocks were little changed on Friday, as investors searched for catalysts in the wake of a resumption of the U.S. technology rout overnight. The Japanese yen remained near a two-week low against the dollar after the Bank of Japan left monetary policy unchanged as expected even as its U.S. counterpart signaled further tightening.

QATAR

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called on Saudi Arabia‘s King Salman to resolve the rift with Qatar before the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to an interview with Portuguese state broadcaster RTP on Thursday.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is due to visit Saudi Arabia on Friday in an attempt to help solve the crisis.

ERDOGAN SECURITY CHARGED IN U.S.

U.S. prosecutors have charged a dozen Turkish security and police officers with assault after an attack on protesters in Washington during Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to the U.S. capital last month, officials said on Thursday.

Turkey‘s foreign ministry summoned the U.S. ambassador to Ankara and condemned the decision in a statement, saying it was “wrong, biased and lacks legal basis”.

“JUSTICE MARCH”

The main opposition CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu will begin the second day of a protest, dubbed a “justice march”, from Ankara to Istanbul, to demonstrate against a 25-year prison sentence handed down to an opposition lawmaker over spying charges. Several thousand people took part in the first day of the March on Thursday.

ERDOGAN AGENDA

President Erdogan will meet the Cuban foreign minister in Istanbul (1345 GMT).

YILDIRIM IN DIYARBAKIR

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim will visit the mainly Kurdish southeast’s largest city Diyarbakir.

HDP NEWS CONFERENCE

The pro-Kurdish HDP party will hold a news conference in Istanbul.

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Istanbul National-100 stock index, interbank lira trading, lira bond trading (Writing by Daren Butler)



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