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Tehran Stock Exchange index soars after nuclear deal raises hopes of easing sanctions

  • An Iranian shareholder monitors share prices on his laptop computer at the Tehran Stock Exchange in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, April 5, 2015. The Tehran Stock Exchange has rallied after world powers clinched a nuclear framework agreement with Tehran, reflecting hopes that some crippling international sanctions could soon be lifted. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

    An Iranian shareholder monitors share prices on his laptop computer at the Tehran Stock Exchange in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, April 5, 2015. The Tehran Stock Exchange has rallied after world powers clinched a nuclear framework agreement with Tehran, reflecting hopes that some crippling international sanctions could soon be lifted. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Iranian shareholders monitor share prices on screens at the Tehran Stock Exchange in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, April 5, 2015. The Tehran Stock Exchange has rallied after world powers clinched a nuclear framework agreement with Tehran, reflecting hopes that some crippling international sanctions could soon be lifted. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

    Iranian shareholders monitor share prices on screens at the Tehran Stock Exchange in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, April 5, 2015. The Tehran Stock Exchange has rallied after world powers clinched a nuclear framework agreement with Tehran, reflecting hopes that some crippling international sanctions could soon be lifted. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Iranian stockbrokers monitor share prices at the Tehran Stock Exchange in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, April 5, 2015. The Tehran Stock Exchange has rallied after world powers clinched a nuclear framework agreement with Tehran, reflecting hopes that some crippling international sanctions could soon be lifted. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

    Iranian stockbrokers monitor share prices at the Tehran Stock Exchange in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, April 5, 2015. The Tehran Stock Exchange has rallied after world powers clinched a nuclear framework agreement with Tehran, reflecting hopes that some crippling international sanctions could soon be lifted. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)  (The Associated Press)

The Tehran Stock Exchange has rallied after world powers clinched a nuclear framework agreement with Tehran, reflecting hopes that some crippling international sanctions could soon be lifted.

The official IRNA news agency says the Tehran Stock Exchange index rose 6.9 percent over two days. The agency says the index improved by 4,535 points to 70,261 on Sunday — the second working day of Iran's new year. It was the highest level in at least 18 months.

The framework deal announced Thursday envisions a final agreement that would pare back Iran's nuclear program for at least a decade in return for sanctions relief. Iran and six world powers, including the United States, hope to reach a final agreement by June 30.