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Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Peru’s benchmark sol-denominated bonds posted their biggest weekly gain in a month on bets rising metal exports and faster economic growth will spur gains in the local currency.
The yield on the nation’s benchmark 7.84 percent sol- denominated bond due August 2020 fell six basis points this week, or 0.06 percentage point, to 5.69 percent, according to prices compiled by Bloomberg. The bond’s price rose 0.40 centimo to 114.39 centimos per sol, the biggest weekly gain since the period ended Dec. 2. The price was unchanged in trading today.
Investors hunting for yield in emerging markets are seeking sol-denominated securities after the currency outperformed Latin American peers last year. Peru’s growth outlook and the central bank’s moves to reduce swings in the sol by buying or selling dollars is luring investors, said Enrique Alvarez, the head of Latin America fixed income research at IdeaGlobal in New York.
“Investors are very content to come in and take what yield they can locally,” Alvarez said. “There’s very little likelihood that you’re going to see big volatility or a big reversal in the sol.”
The currency was little changed today at 2.6940 per U.S. dollar, from 2.6948 yesterday. It gained 0.1 percent this week.
The central bank bought $1 million in the spot currency market today, its first purchase since Dec. 22, when it bought $192 million. It purchased $3.6 billion last year and $9 billion in 2010, according to central bank data.
Peru, the world’s third-largest copper and zinc producer, will probably grow 5.5 percent this year, one of the fastest rates in the region, while exports rise to $48 billion from $43 billion in 2011, Cabinet Chief Oscar Valdes said yesterday.
The economy probably expanded 6.8 percent last year, the central bank said Dec. 16.
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