Turkish lira surges after bold central bank action

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. 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 further stimulus reductions by the U.S. Federal Reserve.



Live Video

Market Data

Watch CBSN Live

Watch CBS News anytime, anywhere with the new 24/7 digital news network. Stream CBSN live or on demand for FREE on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Watch Now

Market News

Stock Watchlist