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Thursday, September 11th 2014 - 04:30 UTC

Despite all the negative economic data, Argentina's stock market has almost doubled this year

Much of the money flowing into Argentina's Merval this year has come from wealthy Latin American investors

Despite all the negative news on government restrictions imposed on the Argentine economy and the shortage of hard currency, the country's Merval Index has skyrocketed almost 100% this year, the highest of any stock market in the world. It includes many of the largest companies in the country such as Telecom Argentina and Energy Petrobras, along with banks and a steel maker.

Tuesday, September 9th 2014 - 04:46 UTC

Uruguay opens second pulp mill with annual production capacity of 1.45 million tons

Mujica during the opening of the pulp mill that is the single largest investment in the country's history

Uruguay officially inaugurated on Monday a second pulp mill, Montes del Plata, on the River Plate, belonging to Chile's Arauco and Swedish-Finnish Stora Enso, which is considered the largest single investment in the country and will have an annual production of 1.3 million tons.

Friday, September 5th 2014 - 07:47 UTC

Argentine Senate approves bill changing debt payment jurisdiction; next step Lower House

“Sometimes there are court decisions that cannot be followed,” said Miguel Angel Pichetto, head of the government's coalition in the Senate.

Argentina's Senate on Thursday passed a bill aimed at circumventing U.S. court decisions regarding its defaulted debt by changing payment jurisdiction, sending the proposal to the lower house Chamber of Deputies for final approval. The chamber, like the Senate, is controlled by government allies who are expected to vote the bill into law.

Friday, September 5th 2014 - 07:33 UTC

NML Capital subpoenaed 18 banks in search of embezzled Argentine funds

Lead attorney for NML, Robert Cohen of Dechert, said  that the list of banks all have at least a presence in the United States

NML Capital Ltd, a creditor suing Argentina in the U.S. courts for full payment on defaulted debt, subpoenaed 18 banks last week in an effort to track down 65 million dollars in what it says is embezzled Argentine money laundered through the United States.

Friday, September 5th 2014 - 02:19 UTC

Bank of England leaves interest rate on hold at 0.5%; eyes set on minutes to be released 09/17

Bank governor Mark Carney has made clear that any rate rises would be small and gradual.

The Bank of England has held UK interest rates at a record low of 0.5% for another month. The size of the Bank's economic stimulus program - quantitative easing - was also unchanged at £375bn.

Friday, September 5th 2014 - 02:17 UTC

ECB cuts rates to record low and negative for overnight deposits; Euro/dollar slumps below 1.3

“The newly decided measures...will have a sizable impact on our balance sheet,” anticipated ECB President Mario Draghi

The European Central Bank cut interest rates to new record lows on Thursday, unexpectedly lowering borrowing costs to try to lift inflation from rock-bottom levels (deflation) and support the stagnating euro zone economy. The ECB cut its main refinancing rate to 0.05% from 0.15%.

Friday, September 5th 2014 - 02:14 UTC

Brazil leaves basic interest rate unchanged at 11%, given 'inflation prospects'

“Assessing the evolution of macroeconomic scenario and the inflation prospects”, Copom unanimously decided to maintain the Selic rate at 11%

With Brazil battling recession and inflation a month away from the presidential election, the Central bank kept its key interest rate on hold at 11%. Traders and analysts had forecast no change and the central bank's monetary policy commission (Copom) duly decided to leave all quiet following its monthly two-day meeting.

Thursday, September 4th 2014 - 05:20 UTC

Argentina's dispute with holdouts “will not affect” Chinese investments, says Beijing

The Argentine delegation with their counterparts signing the documents to fund the nuclear power plant Atucha III

The current legal dispute between Argentina and holdouts (“vulture funds”) suing the country over its defaulted bonds “will not affect” planned Chinese investments, since Argentina and China have a 'strategic association', the head of the National Commission of Development and Reform (CNDR) of China Xu Shaoshi, warned on Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 3rd 2014 - 22:05 UTC

Soros signals Argentina’s shale is biggest place to be

Soros’ move suggests he is not focusing on the short-term problems facing Argentina, but believes that the geological fundamentals are more important.

One of the world’s legendary investors is upping his bet on Argentina’s shale oil and gas industry in a show of confidence for shale production in South America’s largest unconventional prize —and a big boost for both super-majors and smaller players making big waves in the heart of new discovery areas.

Wednesday, September 3rd 2014 - 06:37 UTC

Kicillof in China to confirm loans and a much needed swap dollars

YPF CEO Galuccio, the powerful Economy minister Kicillof and Minster De Vido

Credit strapped Argentina is wooing Beijing and with this purpose Economy Minister Axel Kicillof, Planning Minister Julio De Vido and YPF oil company CEO Miguel Galuccio are currently on an official trip to China, aimed at gathering funding for public works including two dams and one nuclear power plant.

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