A money changer counts Turkish lira banknotes at a currency exchange office in Istanbul. Reuters
The Turkish lira weakened more than 1 per cent against the dollar early on Tuesday after the United States halted delivery of equipment related to the F-35 fighter aircraft to Turkey.
The Turkish lira eased to 5.62 against the dollar early on Wednesday, remaining under pressure after weakening a day earlier as the United States halted delivery of equipment related to a Turkish order of F-35 fighter planes.
The Sharjah Airport on Thursday received Turkish Airlines’ inaugural flight from Istanbul. Starting in April, the airline will operate a daily flight to Sharjah from Istanbul’s new airport. The aircraft was welcomed with a traditional water salute, and a reception was held for the airline’s officials in the presence of Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority,
Turkey’s Treasury ministry is working on legislation to transfer the central bank’s 40 billion lira ($6.6 billion) in legal reserves to the government’s budget to shore it up, three economic officials told Reuters. The budget deficit is deeper than expected, said the sources,
The benchmark Nikkei 225 index gave up 0.39 percent or 88.21 points to 22,329.94, but made a weekly gain of 2.86 percent, driven up by robust US shares.The broader Topix index lost 0.20 percent or 3.14 points to 1,546.74, but advanced 3.39 percent over the week.
The blue-chip FTSE 100 was down 0.1%, The mid-cap FTSE 250 dipped 0.3%, with losses in industrial, energy and tech-related stocks.
US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures slipped 17 cents, or 0.41%, to $41.78 a barrel by 0651 GMT, while Brent crude fell 17 cents, or 0.38%, to $44.92. Both contracts had traded higher earlier in the day.
Global equity markets slipped and bond yields fell on Thursday as investors awaited an agreement on a US aid package to mitigate the fallout from the coronavirus crisis, with poor corporate earnings reports also weighing on European shares.