Currencies close disparate to the caution of investors; bags give way


LIMA, Jul 9 (Reuters) – Latin American currencies closed disparate on Thursday, following economic data from the United States and amid caution over the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic, in a session in which the region’s stock markets They gave ground.

* Last week’s jobless claims in the United States stood at 1.31 million, below the consensus of 1.37 million requests.

* For its part, the global index of the dollar advanced 0.31% against a basket of reference currencies.

* “Investors still choose to see the glass as half full, as global authorities continue to promote the reopening of business at a time when questions about the future behavior of the virus continue to linger,” said Ricardo Evangelista, a senior analyst at ActivTrades in a note.

* The Brazilian real closed stable and the Bovespa stock index fell 0.56%, reversing a rise in the first minutes of the day that led it to exceed 100,000 points for the first time since the beginning of March.

* The Mexican peso was up almost 0.13% at the close, but the benchmark S & P / BMV IPC stock index fell 1.84%, the fourth consecutive negative day.

* The Colombian peso appreciated 0.48% at 3,623.45 units per dollar. In contrast, the COLCAP share index slipped 0.91% to 1,143.10 points.

* The Chilean peso reversed its first hour uptrend and closed operations with a 0.37% drop, to 787.90 / 788.20 units per dollar, in a day of high volatility.

* The main index of the Santiago Stock Exchange, the IPSA, plummeted 3.67% to 4,032.15 points.

* In Peru, the sol appreciated for the third consecutive day 0.51%, to 3,500 / 3,505 units; while the benchmark for the Lima stock market fell 0.97%.

* In Argentina, markets remained closed for the holiday commemorating Independence Day.

(Additional report by María Cervantes and Marco Aquino in Lima, Nelson Bocanegra in Bogotá, Froilán Romero in Santiago. Edited by Marion Giraldo and Rodrigo Charme)