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Montevideo, May 25th 2018 - 01:31 UTC

Argentine stock market climbs 6% and the exchange market operates cautiously

Friday, May 11th 2018 - 06:29 UTC
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Finance Minister Luis Caputo said the IMF deal would guarantee financing through the end of President Macri's first term in December 2019 Finance Minister Luis Caputo said the IMF deal would guarantee financing through the end of President Macri's first term in December 2019
Argentina's Congress passed a capital markets reform bill, seeking to boost the economy by reducing the power of market regulators and loosening restrictions Argentina's Congress passed a capital markets reform bill, seeking to boost the economy by reducing the power of market regulators and loosening restrictions
Benchmark Merval index climbed around 6% on Thursday, after rising a similar amount on Wednesday. That followed a 12% rout over the previous 12 sessions Benchmark Merval index climbed around 6% on Thursday, after rising a similar amount on Wednesday. That followed a 12% rout over the previous 12 sessions

Argentine equities rallied on Thursday, while the country's peso currency was stable, as the central bank sold foreign currency reserves in the spot market for the first time since the country announced it was seeking financing from the IMF.

 Across the region, other major markets such as Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Peru also saw their equities and currencies markets jump, supported by a solid day on Wall Street, oil prices that remain high in the face of fresh U.S. sanctions on Iran, and a slew of positive corporate earnings reports.

Argentine Finance Minister Luis Caputo said the IMF deal would guarantee financing through the end of President Mauricio Macri's first term in December 2019 at a “very good” interest rate of around 4%.

On Wednesday, Argentina's Congress passed a capital markets reform bill, seeking to boost the economy by reducing the power of market regulators and loosening restrictions on some funds investing in the country.

“After the announcement to request financial help from the IMF ... local stocks were able to take a breather after the recent downturn and rebounded, taking advantage of the approval of the capital markets law,” said Gustavo Ber, partner at Buenos Aires consultancy Estudio Ber.

Argentina's benchmark Merval index climbed around 6% on Thursday, after rising a similar amount on Wednesday. That followed a 12% rout over the previous 12 sessions.
Energy stocks in particular helped support the index, after crude oil prices rose, triggered by potential disruption to oil flows from major exporter Iran in the face of U.S. sanctions.

In Brazil, where the Bovespa index gained 1.74%, shares in state-controlled oil company Petrobras jumped 3.91% after Bank of America elevated its rating on the stock to “buy” from “neutral.”

 

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  • Enrique Massot

    A short-lived truce, MP. Not worth a story.

    Here's the story one day after, May 11.

    The announcement of negotiations with the IMF, which revised Argentina's growth predictions to a modest 2 per cent for 2018 (half a point lower than last October) the dollar continued to climb on Friday.

    After reaching as much as 25 pesos en some banks, it closed at 23.79 pesos, cumulating a 7 per cent hike for the week.

    Meanwhile, the Central Bank needs to renew US$ 30 billion on Tuesday, May 15. If it does not succeed, the Cronista Comercial reported JP Morgan said, the peso could face “a disorder.”

    Not a good situation for most Argentines.

    https://www.cronista.com/finanzasmercados/Advertencia-del-JP-Morgan-sobre-el-vencimiento-de-Lebac-del-martes-20180510-0093.html

    May 12th, 2018 - 03:53 am -1
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