Arcelik, Bagfas, Yapi Kredi Sigorta: Turkish Equity Preview

The following stocks may be active in Turkey. Symbols are in parentheses and prices are from the last close.

Turkey’s benchmark ISE National 100 index rose 606.52, or 1 percent, to 61,367.34 on Feb. 25.

Arcelik AS (ARCLK TI): Turkey’s biggest maker of refrigerators and washing machines was cut to ‘hold’ from ‘buy’ at ING Groep NV, which lowered the price estimate to 8 liras from 8.65 liras, according to a report today. Arcelik gained 12 kurus, or 1.7 percent, to 7.32 liras.

Bagfas Bandirma Gubre Fabrikalari AS (BAGFS TI): The Turkish fertilizer producer swung to a profit of 47 million liras ($29 million) last year, exceeding the average estimate of 39.4 million liras in a Bloomberg survey of six analysts. Bagfas said it plans to distribute a 6.5774-lira gross dividend per share from May 18. Bagfas advanced 10.5 liras, or 6.4 percent, to 175 liras.

Yapi Kredi Sigorta AS (YKSGR TI): Turkey’s second biggest listed insurer by market value swung to 42.5 million liras profit in 2010 after a loss of 11.9 million liras a year earlier, according to a filing with the bourse after the close on Feb. 25. Profit was predicted at 34.4 million liras, according to a Bloomberg survey of 5 analysts. Yapi Kredi Sigorta rose 50 kurus, or 3.9 percent, to 13.45 liras.

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