Thursday, July 19th 2012 - 08:18 UTC

US dollar reaches new high in Argentina: 6.80 Pesos

The US dollar reached a new high in the Argentine informal market during Wednesday trading at 6.74 pesos, 25 cents more than on Tuesday while the gap with the official exchange rate jumped to 47.2%.

Holiday travellers after the greenback

According to a quick survey by the Buenos Aires media most of the demand came from small buyers with plans to travel abroad, but anyhow “operations were rather few since it is expected the greenback price will continue to climb the rest of the week”.

“This week also marked the beginning of winter holidays in Buenos Aires City schools and many families have plans to fly abroad and the sum available for travellers at the official rate is insufficient” said a money exchange house.

Meanwhile the official dollar at exchange houses and banks, with the many restrictions imposed on its trading, remained at 4.535 and 4.58 Pesos.

Market experts believe that although many travellers and others wanting to protect their savings will be exercising a strong demand on the greenback, the influx of dollars should begin to trickle at a faster pace as exporters begin to cash their hard currency from sales of grains and oil seeds.

This month the Argentine government taking advantage of the international bull prices liberated 15 million tons of maize for export.

“Even when the volume of dollars from exports is not exuberant , anyway it will be enough to supply the weak domestic demand and allow the Central bank to accumulate the necessary international reserves” to meet other commitments such as imports and sovereign debt payments.

So far this month the official dollar in Pesos has strengthened 0.99% and at the informal market, 13.7%.

Likewise the sovereign Boden 2012 and which the Argentine government has repeatedly promised to cancel when it matures next month has risen so far this month 5.83% and is selling at 687 Pesos, which means an implicit exchange rate of 6.87 Pesos to the greenback.

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1 yankeeboy (#) Jul 19th, 2012 - 01:25 pm Report abuse
Actually in mid-day trading it reached $6.90!!

Long distance buses on indefinite strike over a holiday weekend. The unions know exactly how to bug CFK.

Something is just about to give...soon we should see civil unrest... I just wonder when and where it will start?
2 jerry (#) Jul 19th, 2012 - 02:19 pm Report abuse
Not soon enough, I believe.
3 Captain Poppy (#) Jul 19th, 2012 - 05:25 pm Report abuse
About .02 a day, unless there are some spikes, could be awhile. Yankee are you in BA now? If those LT buses are striking my sister in law is not returning to Cordoba this weekend.
4 yankeeboy (#) Jul 19th, 2012 - 06:10 pm Report abuse
Nope not in BA and she's probably not getting home anytime soon. As I told someone earlier this week if you travel out side of BA leave a good amount of cushion because you may not get back in time to make your In'tl connection out.
What a mess.
5 Captain Poppy (#) Jul 19th, 2012 - 06:42 pm Report abuse
My wife, a portena is visiting BA now and not aware of a strike. But probably is, she just told me her sister is drive back.
6 LightThink (#) Jul 19th, 2012 - 07:05 pm Report abuse
your family live in Chubut ?
which country do you write these comments from ?
7 Captain Poppy (#) Jul 19th, 2012 - 07:12 pm Report abuse
I live in the wife is a Portena
8 LightThink (#) Jul 19th, 2012 - 08:31 pm Report abuse
in US.........which State ?
9 Captain Poppy (#) Jul 19th, 2012 - 09:01 pm Report abuse
Born in NYC the Moment in Massachusetts
10 British_Kirchnerist (#) Jul 20th, 2012 - 07:40 am Report abuse
#1 “Something is just about to give” As always, according to you!
11 Captain Poppy (#) Jul 20th, 2012 - 11:39 am Report abuse
His point is BK Argentina is in a consistent, downward spiral due from economic cluelessness. Again you've never answered me, how often and what is the longest you've been to your so called motherland, Argentina that you profess so much about?

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