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Anadolu Sigorta, Aygaz, Bank Asya: Turkey Equity Market 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 1,182.18, or 1.9 percent, to 62,483.83 yesterday.

Anadolu Anonim Turk Sigorta Sirketi (ANSGR TI): Turkey’s largest non-life insurer said unconsolidated profit fell to 37.5 million liras last year from 48.2 million liras in 2009, according to a statement to the Istanbul Stock Exchange after the market closed yesterday. Net income exceeded an average estimate of 25.9 million liras in a Bloomberg survey of nine analysts. The insurer plans to distribute 10 million liras of dividends from 2010 profit, it said in a separate statement yesterday. Anadolu Sigorta gained 3 kurus, of 2.7 percent, to 1.14 liras.

Asya Katilim Bankasi AS (ASYAB TI): Qatar Islamic Bank wants to buy a 25 percent stake in Bank Asya, Haberturk newspaper reported today, without saying where it got the information. Bank Asya was raised to “neutral” from “underperform” at FinansInvest with a 12-month price estimate of 3.20 liras, according to an emailed report today. Bank Asya surged 24 kurus, or 9.2 percent, to 2.86 liras.

Aygaz AS (AYGAZ TI): The Turkish distributor of liquefied propane gas said profit last year fell to 239.5 million liras from 314.6 million liras in 2009, according to a filing with the bourse after the market closed yesterday. Net income missed an average estimate of 250.8 million liras in a Bloomberg survey of 13 analysts. The company plans to distribute 125 million liras of dividends, it said yesterday. Aygaz was unchanged at 8.60 liras.

Turkiye Vakiflar Bankasi TAO (VAKBN TI): The Turkish state-owned bank will apply to regulators to sell 1.5 billion liras of bonds in the domestic market and $500 million to $1 billion of eurobonds with at least five-year maturity, it said in statements to the bourse after the market closed yesterday. Vakifbank gained 12 kurus, or 3.2 percent, to 3.86 liras.

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