FILE IMAGE. Banknotes of 100 dollars and 10,000 Chilean pesos are seen in this illustration taken on August 1, 2016. REUTERS / Rodrigo Garrido / Illustration
By Nelson Bocanegra
BOGOTA, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Latin America’s stock and foreign exchange markets closed mostly losing Friday after a volatile session on investor caution following tepid US labor data, which is unlikely to alter the course of policy monetary policy of the Federal Reserve.
* To this was added the persistent uncertainty about the evolution of the omicron variant of the coronavirus.
* “The market is nearing the end of a roller coaster week driven by the developments of the variant of COVID omicron,” said a note from the brokerage Actions and Securities.
* Attention was focused on the publication of an employment report in the United States that did not meet expectations, but that analysts believe will not alter the course of the more aggressive monetary policy of the Federal Reserve.
* In Brazil, the real gained 0.04% and the Bovespa equity index rose 0.34%.
* In Mexico, the peso closed 0.54% down to 21.3734 units per dollar, while the benchmark S & P / BMV IPC stock index fell 0.58%.
* The Chilean peso lost initial gains and closed the day with a slight decrease of 0.15% to 840.80 / 841.10 units per dollar, in a session of high volatility and accumulated a weekly fall of 1.11%. Meanwhile, the main index of the Santiago stock market, the IPSA also gave up its initial advance and closed stable at 4,370.82 units.
* The Colombian peso ended with a fall of 0.74% to 3,966.20 units per dollar, after three sessions of gains, with which the currency accumulated a rise of 1.02% in the week after almost a month of decline; while the benchmark index of the stock market, the MSCI COLCAP, lost 0.62% to 1,431.94 points.
* The Peruvian currency, the sol, fell 0.17%, to 4.076 / 4.078 units per dollar, completing a weekly decrease of 0.81%, after the presentation of a motion of censure against the president in Congress.
* Meanwhile, the benchmark for the Lima Stock Exchange rose 0.17% to 535.88 points.
* In Argentina, the peso fell 0.07% and in the stock market the Merval index ended 1.25% lower, although it completed a 7.45% appreciation in the week pending an early agreement from the country with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a large debt.
Quotes at 2118 GMT
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(Report by Nelson Bocanegra, additional report by Walter Bianchi in Buenos Aires, Froilán Romero and Benjamin Mejias in Santiago, Edited by Manuel Farías)