Turkish stock market fluctuates amid political uncertainty, financial struggles


(MENAFN) The Turkish stock market experienced fluctuations on Monday following a volatile start characterized by significant gains, a response to the opposition's notable success over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) in local elections. Despite initial optimism in trading, Turkish stocks ultimately faced a downturn as the day progressed, with analysts attributing this shift to various factors including a staggering inflation rate nearing 70 percent, a slowdown in economic growth, and a robust monetary tightening campaign that led to heightened borrowing costs. These challenges contributed to a less favorable outcome for the AKP in Sunday's elections.

Initially, the benchmark BIST 100 index saw an increase of over one percent at the opening of trading, with the banking stock index rising by 1.7 percent. However, by 9:30 GMT, the main index had declined by 1.70 percent, indicating a reversal of the earlier gains. Concurrently, the Turkish lira experienced notable fluctuations, briefly touching the 33-level against the US dollar during overnight trading amidst exceptionally low liquidity following the announcement of election results. By 9:30 GMT, the lira had reached a price of 32.44, slightly below the closing level observed on Friday.

The mixed performance of the Turkish stock market and the currency reflects the uncertainty and volatility surrounding the political and economic landscape in Turkey, particularly in the wake of significant electoral outcomes. While initial market reactions may have been buoyed by opposition victories, underlying economic challenges and concerns regarding monetary policy continue to exert pressure, leading to fluctuations in market indices and currency values. These developments underscore the intricate interplay between political events, economic fundamentals, and investor sentiment in shaping Turkey's financial markets.

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