IGBC down on profit taking; peso stronger

The Colombian IGBC stock index Thursday fell as investors took advantage of recent price increases to sell and pocket gains.

The IGBC benchmark index fell 0.3% to 14374.50 points. The Colcap index, which includes the largest companies by market capitalization, fell 0.3% to 1730.15 points. The IGBC index had gained 1.4% on Wednesday.

“Several factors are pushing the market upwards, but prices are already very high,” Luis Rodriguez, a market analyst with local consultancy e-Bursatil, said.

He said the IGBC index has a ceiling between 14,640 points and 15,000 points.

Shares of Ecopetrol rose 0.9% to end at a new record high of 3,770 Colombian pesos ($2.09).

The company reported Wednesday that a well drilled in the northeastern province of Norte de Santander found gas methane and yielded about 6.6 million cubic feet of gas a day.

The yield on the benchmark Colombian peso-denominated government bond, or TES, maturing in 2020, rose to 7.327% from 7.31% on Wednesday.

The yield had risen to 7.414% earlier in the session and fell when the rating agency Moody’s upgrade its outlook on Colombia to positive from neutral.

The Colombian peso strengthened to COP1,804 to the dollar.

(Inti Landauro, Dow Jones)

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