These 10 global stock markets are surging the most as US-Iran tensions settle — headlined by huge gains in Turkey

Murad Sezer/ReutersTraders work at their desks on the floor of the Borsa Istanbul in Istanbul, Turkey October 13, 2017.
  • World stock markets surged on Thursday in the wake of waning US-Iran tensions.
  • Turkey’s Borsa Istanbul index led the pack with a 4.7% gain, its biggest single-day jump in more than four years.
  • Major indexes fell after news of a US airstrike killing top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, and remained near 2020 lows after Iran retaliated with missile strikes on bases housing US troops.
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World stock markets rallied in the wake of easing US-Iran tensions, with Turkey’s main index leading the way and posting its biggest gain in more than four years.

Iran “appears to be standing down” after launching missiles at two Iraqi bases housing US troops, President Trump said in a Wednesday statement. Rather than retaliate against Iran with military action, the White House plans to impose new sanctions against the country, Trump said.

Global stocks tumbled January 2 after a US airstrike on December killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. The assassination ratcheted up tensions between the two countries and fuelled fear of large-scale conflict in the Gulf region. Equities fell again on Wednesday following reports of the Iranian missile strikes before paring losses.

Trump’s comments marked a deescalation between the two nations, and global markets soared in Thursday trading. Turkey’s index posted the biggest gains of the day, as falling oil prices and waning threats of war boosted stocks on its domestic exchange. The Borsa Istanbul’s 4.7% surge marked the biggest leap for the index since November 2015.

Here are the 10 major indexes that rose the most as US-Iran stresses cooled, ranked in ascending order. Data is as of 3:15 p.m. ET Thursday.

10. US’s S&P 500

Intraday gain: as much as 0.7%

9. Indonesia’s JCI

Intraday gain: as much as 0.8%

7. Italy’s FTSE

Intraday gain: as much as 1.1%

7. China’s CSI 300

Intraday gain: as much as 1.3%

6. Germany’s DAX

Intraday gain: as much as 1.5%

5. South Korea’s KOSPI

Intraday gain: as much as 1.6%

4. India’s SENSEX

Intraday gain: as much as 1.6%

3. Japan’s Nikkei

Intraday gain: as much as 2.3%

2. Saudi Arabia’s TASI


Intraday gain: as much as 2.7%

1. Turkey’s BIST 100


Intraday gain: as much as 4.7%

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