MARKETS A.LATINA-Majority of currencies and stock exchanges fall back before coronavirus advance


SANTIAGO, Mar 19 (Reuters) – Latin American currencies and most stock markets fell on Thursday amid a global rise in the dollar and fears over the rise in the coronavirus, which has rocked world markets by uncertainty about a possible general recession.

* The dollar extended gains on Thursday, heading for its longest bullish streak against its peers since 1992, as demand for financing remained high despite the recent injection of liquidity approved by central banks around the world.

* The British pound was hovering at its lowest level since 1985 against its US pair, while the Australian dollar plummeted to a 17-year low and the New Zealander showed its biggest weakness in 11 years, as investors dumped risky assets.

* The dollar index that measures the greenback against a basket of six currencies showed an increase of 0.55%, while the euro lost just over 1% against the US currency.

* The Mexican peso was trading down 1.32%, at 24.0200 units per dollar, after earlier posting a record low of 24.6265 units and heading for its thirteenth consecutive day of losses.

* Likewise, on Thursday it was reported that those infected by the coronavirus epidemic in the world reached more than 212,000, while the fatalities exceeded 8,700.

* The benchmark S & P / BMV IPC index of the Mexican stock exchange lost nearly 4% in the first operations, its lowest level since October 2011.

* The Brazilian real fell 0.16% and the Bovespa stock index lost 3.59%.

* In Argentina, the peso fell 0.35% at the opening, to 63.55 units per dollar, while the Merval index of the Buenos Aires stock exchange rose 3.7% at the opening, driven by purchases of opportunity after accumulating a loss of 22.4% in the previous three sessions.

* The Chilean peso was down 0.07%, at 867.20 / 867.50, after falling at the opening to a record intraday low of 877.40 units. Meanwhile, the main index of the Santiago Stock Exchange, the IPSA, rose almost 6%.

* The Peruvian sol depreciated a marginal 0.08%, to 3,573 / 3,577 units per dollar, at a minimum of 18 years and the benchmark of the stock market fell 1.24%.

* In Colombia, the peso depreciated 0.83% and the stock’s COLCAP index rose 1.94%.

(Report by Froilán Romero. Additional report by María Cervantes in Lima, Jorge Otaola and Walter Bianchi in Buenos Aires, Nelson Bocanegra in Bogotá. Edited by Fabián Andrés Cambero)