July 15, 2018 / 1:43 PM / a month ago

Turkish financial watchdog cancels stock market abuse decision

ISTANBUL, July 15 (Reuters) - Turkey’s capital markets regulator decided on Sunday to cancel a partial suspension of a directive related to insider trading, saying “speculation and negative perceptions” of the move would have prevented the decision having its desired effect.

The Capital Markets Board said on Friday that until the end of August Borsa Istanbul share purchases by people party to a company’s internal information, or by those close to them, would not be subject to a stock market abuse directive.

It did not give a reason for the move in Friday’s statement but the board said on Sunday the decision was taken in response to market demand and was aimed at supporting companies’ share buyback programmes and investors.

“The decision was taken to cancel this ruling... given the speculation and negative perceptions which arose after it was announced,” the statement said after a board meeting on Sunday.

“It was assessed that this would prevent the emergence of the desired benefits to the market of the decision,” it added.

Sunday’s statement said the decision only referred to transactions that were not a crime. Insider trading is a crime under Turkey’s capital markets law and the decision does not amount to any change in this, it added. (Reporting by Daren Butler Editing by Gareth Jones)

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