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Turkish lira surges after rate hike

Ankara, Turkey - The surprisingly big interest rate rise by Turkey's central bank has paid dividends, at least in the short-term, as the country's currency surged on foreign exchange markets.

In morning trading Wednesday, the Turkish lira was up 1.8 percent against the dollar at 2.2116 Turkish lira.

Turkish lira banknotes are seen in this picture illustration taken in Istanbul in this file picture. Credit: Reuters

Meanwhile, the main stock exchange was up 0.6 percent at 63,899.

The moves come in the wake of the decision overnight by the central bank to increase its main overnight lending rate to 12 percent from 7.75 percent.

The increase was far more than expected and followed a sustained drop in the Turkish lira, which has been battered by concerns over a global growth slowdown and the potential impact of the withdrawal of the US Federal Reserve. - Sapa-AP

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