By Aysu Bicer
ANKARA (AA) - Turkey's benchmark stock index was up 0.52%, or 558.75 points, to start Thursday at 108,260.07 points.
On Wednesday's close, Borsa Istanbul's BIST 100 index was up 0.85% to 107,701.32 points with a daily trading volume of 8.5 billion Turkish liras (some $1.4 billion).
The U.S. dollar/Turkish lira exchange rate rose to 5.7480 as of 9.30 a.m. local time (0630GMT) on Thursday, compared to 5.7410 at Wednesday's close.
The euro/Turkish lira exchange rate stood at 6.3770, versus 6.3780, and one British pound traded for 7.5540 Turkish liras, while it was 7.5330 at the previous close.
One barrel of Brent crude oil sold for around $62.80 as of 10 a.m. local time (0700GMT) on Thursday.