Colombian peso drops on recession concern

Colombia’s peso fell the most in more
than a week on concern a deepening global recession will further
erode demand for Latin America’s commodity exports

The currency declined as much as 0.8 percent after a U.S.
report showed private employers cut more jobs than economists
forecast in December. Companies in the U.S. eliminated an
estimated 693,000 jobs, the most since records began in 2001.

The Colombian peso weakened the most since Dec. 29,
declining 0.6 percent to 2,204.35 per dollar at 9:06 a.m. New
York time, from 2,191.5 yesterday, according to the Colombian
foreign-exchange electronic transactions system, known as SET-FX.

The yield on the nation’s benchmark 11 percent bonds due in
July 2020 rose 11 basis points, or 0.11 percentage point, to
10.30 percent, according to Colombia’s stock exchange. The price
slid 0.752 centavo to 104.471 centavos per peso. (Bloomberg)

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