The Argentine peso closed 2.9 percent stronger on Thursday, reflecting investor optimism that the recession-hit country will strike a new standby financing agreement with the International Monetary Fund aimed at guaranteeing government solvency.
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An IMF spokesman said on Thursday that "important progress" was being made in talks between the multilateral lender and the government to strengthen June`s $50 billion standby deal.
Investors said the peso also got a boost from strong demand by foreign investors for a sale of government debt on Wednesday. An estimated $950 million of short-term Treasury notes were sold to foreign investors, traders said. The notes were issued with an interest rate of almost 50 percent.
The local Merval stock index <.merv> also rose 2.2 percent.
The peso sell-off started in May, driven by high inflation and doubts about the central bank`s ability to pay its growing short-term `Lebac` debt. The economy has since slipped into recession, with inflation at more than 34 percent in the 12 months through August.
Last month, President Mauricio Macri was forced to re-negotiate the IMF deal, offering policies aimed at erasing the country`s fiscal deficit next year in exchange for quicker-than-planned IMF cash disbursements.
This year`s deficit is expected by his administration at 2.6 percent of gross domestic product. On Monday, the government unveiled its 2019 budget proposal, offering spending cuts and tax hikes on exports as the way to reach fiscal equilibrium.
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