The Argentine Peso plummeted to a new low on Monday despite government attempts to curb losses in recent weeks by hiking interest rates and shedding billions in foreign reserves. The Peso fell sharply on opening Monday and closed down 6.2%, trading at 25.52 against the dollar, having lost close to 33% so far this year.
Argentina sold US$ 9 billion in a three-part dollar bond issuance that was oversubscribed on Thursday, covering nearly a third of its expected financing needs for 2018 early in the year. Latin America’s third largest economy sold US$1.75 billion in five-year bonds at a yield of 4.625%, US$ 4.25 billion of 10-year bonds at 6% and US$3 billion in 30-year bonds at 7%, the ministry said. It said the yields were the lowest in Argentina’s history.
The US Supreme Court agreed on Friday to consider a dispute over subpoenas in a case stemming from long-running litigation over Argentina's obligations to bond investors in the wake of its default on 100 billion dollars in sovereign debt in 2002.
Argentina will offer 500 million dollars in sovereign bonds to resolve disputes with corporations at a World Bank arbitration panel, a financial daily newspaper reported on Thursday.
Moody's lowered on Thursday Argentina's foreign-currency bond ceiling to b3 from b2 in line with bonds in local currency on growing concerns of market access for the private sector and local governments.
A hedge fund owner of defaulted Argentine debt can try to seize government assets held in Britain as it seeks to recover the full face value of the bonds, Britain's Supreme Court said in a ruling on Wednesday.
Argentina suffered a setback over its US$100 billion debt default in 2002 when New York's highest court said the country should keep paying interest on some bonds even after they mature or investors demand their principal back early.
Argentina’s attempts to return to global credit markets nine years after its 2001/02 default received this week mixed results. New York Federal Judge Thomas Griesa has issued a ruling urging Argentina to pay 54.33 million Euros (US$75.1 million) to the Capital Ventures International Fund.
Concern that Argentina’s government is reporting unreliable economic data is keeping Moody’s Investors Service from boosting the nation’s credit rating, said Patrick Esteruelas, an analyst with the company.
Argentina’s most populous province is preparing a return to international bond markets to benefit from the lowest borrowing costs in two years. Buenos Aires province hired Bank of America and Deutsche Bank AG to arrange investor meetings in Europe and the US as it plans to sell 500 million US dollars in debt.