Argentine stocks rose, the peso strengthened more than 3% and credit default swaps fell on Monday after the mid-term legislative primary election was seen as favoring business-friendly President Mauricio Macri's reform effort.
The index of the leading shares of the Buenos Aires stock market returned to adjust results in 3.51% and accumulated thus four rounds of losses for a total drop of 9,25% sice Monday. The Merval started the week with 17,257.56 points and dropped Friday to 15,659.74 points, with significant decreases except for Tenaris, which managed to stay away from the trend of US-based businesses thanks to a positive balancesheet produced last week.
British Trade and Investment Minister, Lord Price said that Argentina and the UK are at the beginning of a new era in bilateral relations and in an excellent position to turn common interests into concrete business interests. Lord Price together with a mission of UK top business leaders ended on Friday a two-day visit to Argentina, the first in ten years.
Argentina's state-run energy company YPF said this week it will fight a legal claim seek more than US$500 million in damages for rescinding natural gas export contracts in 2009. YPF shall use all its legal resources to defend its interests and those of its shareholders, the company said in a filing with the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange.
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.
Another Argentine province, Formosa announced that it would be repaying in Pesos its dollar-denominated bonds (FORM3) issued under local law, at an exchange rate of 4.81 Pesos per dollar.
Henrique Capriles, the runner-up in Venezuela’s recent presidential elections, commented on comparisons between Argentina’s and Venezuela’s governments in an article published on Sunday in an Argentine provincial newspaper.
The Argentine central bank confirmed on Wednesday that there is no money exchange restrictions for the federal government or provinces to purchase US dollars to honour public debt issued offshore.
The foreign exchange clamp in Argentina is reaching the provinces, one of which at least was unable to honor maturing bonds in dollars and made the payment in Argentine Pesos.
While addressing the nation from the Buenos Aires stock exchange floor, Argentine President Cristina Fernández strongly defended the policy of drastically cutting debts, which guarantees “greater independence”, and of stimulating the economy because only with resources can debts be paid, “the dead don’t pay debts”.