Turkey: Turkey – Factors to Watch on June 28

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ISTANBUL, June 28 (Reuters) – Here are news, reports and events that may affect Turkish financial markets on Wednesday.

The lira stood at 3.5200 against the U.S. dollar at 0540 GMT, firming from 3.5261 at Tuesday’s close.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year bond was at 10.37 percent in spot trade on Friday before a public holiday to mark the end of Ramadan and rose to 10.42 percent in Wednesday-dated trade.

The main BIST 100 share index fell 0.43 percent to 99,638.65 points on Friday before the public holiday.

GLOBAL MARKETS

Asian shares slumped on Wednesday after Wall Street was knocked hard in the wake of a delay to a U.S. healthcare reform vote, while the euro rallied after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi hinted that the ECB could trim its stimulus this year. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.4 percent, pulling further away from more than two-year highs probed earlier this week. On Monday, it touched its highest level since May 2015.

U.S., TURKISH DEFENCE MINISTERS

Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik will meet U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Brussels. Developments in Syria are likely to top the agenda as an operation to capture the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa continues.

CLASH IN NORTHERN SYRIA

Turkish forces retaliated with artillery fire overnight and destroyed Kurdish YPG militia targets after YPG fighters opened fire on Turkey-backed forces in northern Syria, the Turkish military said on Wednesday.

CYPRUS

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will attend Cyprus talks in Switzerland. Foreign ministers from the Mediterranean islands two other guarantor powers – Britain and Greece – are due to stay this week to take part in security discussions, alongside the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci.

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



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