Argentina's financial markets traded higher on Monday after opposition and pro market candidate Mauricio Macri's surprisingly strong showing in presidential elections forced as second vote on 22 November.
The US dollar in Argentina ended trading on Monday at 9.51 Pesos in banks and foreign exchange agencies while the parallel exchange rate or 'blue' continued to grow and ended 17 cents higher at 16.11 Pesos in underground houses, hitting a new record high.
Brazil's currency fell to its weakest level ever as investors cast a wary eye on negotiations over spending bills that could further complicate the country's tenuous fiscal position. The currency, like others across Latin America, was also hammered by a global rise in the dollar sparked by increased expectations that the US Federal Reserve is still on track to raise interest rates this year.
Argentina's foreign exchange market was quite active on Friday and the so called 'blue' or 'parallel' dollar hit the highest mark in the year at 15.10 Pesos. Meanwhile the official US dollar ended half a cent higher at 9.255 Pesos in banks and foreign exchange agencies.
The US dollar kept climbing in Argentina and ended trading on Tuesday above the 15 Pesos threshold after having advanced 30 cents on Monday and 54 cents today. Sunday's electoral result in the City of Buenos Aires where the pro-business PRO party just managed to scrape by with victory, has triggered growing nervousness and speculation among savers and traders.
The US 'blue' or informal dollar plunged 35 cents at the end of trading on Monday in Argentina to 14.95 Pesos after dropping another 20 cents last Friday, amid uncertainty about the new Central bank authorities policies and what is anticipated will be tighter controls on 'illegal' trading.
The informal of “blue” dollar in Argentina fell back 15 cents to 15.55 Pesos after it skyrocketed 75 cents last week and scraping 16 Pesos. The formal US dollar meantime advanced three cents to 8.49 Pesos at the end of trading in Buenos Aires City banks and foreign exchange offices. The gap between the two rates dropped to 83.9%.
The informal rate of the US dollar hit a new historic peek on Wednesday in Argentina, breaking the 15 pesos barrier and closing at 15.10 pesos, pushed by rate speculation, and following yesterday’s sharp 25-cents climb. Economy minister Axel Kicillof blamed the 'holdouts' and the US embassy for the latest surge.
The US dollar in the informal market reached a new record high against the Argentine Peso at the end of trading on Tuesday. Earlier in the day the Central bank reported the biggest one-day drop in its international reserves since July 30.
A former chairman of Argentina's central bank board, Aldo Pignanelli considered neighboring Uruguay could be a “trustworthy” option for Argentina to issue sovereign bonds and pay creditors. Uruguay has an outstanding international reputations regarding abiding by contracts and ensuring legal security, added the Argentine banker.