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South American stock markets suffer heavy losses on Thursday

Friday, March 13th 2020 - 08:47 UTC
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An arrival gate in Argentina with people using masks against the Covid-19 pandemic. An arrival gate in Argentina with people using masks against the Covid-19 pandemic.
In Argentina, banks and financial institutions were the worst affected companies as the Supervielle bank lost 20.7%, BBVA Argentina dropped 19.1% and Banco Macro went down 14.1% In Argentina, banks and financial institutions were the worst affected companies as the Supervielle bank lost 20.7%, BBVA Argentina dropped 19.1% and Banco Macro went down 14.1%

Argentina's main stock exchange crashed by nearly 10% on Thursday as markets continued to panic over the coronavirus pandemic. The fall wasn't as bad as Monday's that reached almost 14% but it continued the week's general downward spiral across the region.

Colombia's stock exchange lost more than 9% on Thursday while the Santiago exchange in Chile fell by over 6%.

The Sao Paulo exchange in Brazil suffered the seventh worst day in its history by losing almost 15%.

In Argentina, banks and financial institutions were the worst affected companies as the Supervielle bank lost 20.7%, BBVA Argentina dropped 19.1% and Banco Macro went down 14.1%. Of the main shares, 132 fell and only seven rose in value.

After “Black Monday,” the Marvel index had recovered slightly on Tuesday, gaining eight percent before losing another 4.3% on Wednesday.

As well as the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, Argentina is struggling with a massive debt. Its foreign debt is over 300 billion dollars, more that 90% of GDP, with some repayments due in the next two months.

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