LIMA, Apr 5 (Reuters) – Most Latin American currencies fell and nearly all stock markets in the region advanced on Monday amid a global strengthening of equity markets, following a strong employment report in the United States last week .
* The values of the main squares were approaching new all-time highs, thanks to economic data that increased the appetite for risk and added pressure to Treasury bonds for fear that the Federal Reserve will start raising interest rates before the expected.
* US companies hired more workers than expected in March, motivated by the advance of vaccinations against COVID-19 and by the new fiscal aid in the face of the pandemic promoted by the Government, cementing expectations that there will soon be a new economic boom .
* “Friday’s employment figure and non-manufacturing ISM data show growing economic strength, raising concerns about the possibility that the Fed will have to raise interest rates,” said Tim Ghriskey, chief investment strategist at Inverness Counsel, New York.
* The Mexican peso was trading at 20.3052 per dollar almost at the end of business, with a marginal decline of 0.05%; While the benchmark S & P / BMV IPC stock index climbed 2.12% to 48,245.85 points, its best closing level since October 2018, after a long Easter holiday.
* In Brazil, the real rose 0.60% to 5.5698 units per dollar, and the Bovespa equity index advanced 2%, to 117,563.39 points, driven by Vale after a paper buyback announcement and supported by highs on Wall Street amid good prospects for the US economy.
* In Argentina, the peso depreciated 0.29%, with an unusual buy and sell difference between 92.23 / 92.27 per dollar, in a place with the intervention of the central bank. The S&P Merval stock index gained 1.28% to 48,597.71 units in a selective round of deals.
* For its part, the Colombian peso erased the initial gains and closed the session with a drop of 0.34% to 3,674 units per dollar, while the COLCAP stock index rose 0.54% to 1,323.97 points on the stock market. .
* The Chilean peso fell 0.47%, to 720.40 / 720.70 units per dollar, pressured by purchases of foreign currency by the Central Bank. The IPSA benchmark on the Santiago Stock Exchange fell 0.33% to 4,869.32 points.
* Meanwhile, the Peruvian sol closed up 1.47%, at 3.692 / 3.692 units per dollar. And the benchmark of the Lima Stock Exchange gained 0.26%, to 572.14 points.
Quotes at 2145 GMT
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(With contributions from María Cervantes and Marco Aquino in Lima, Froilán Romero in Santiago, Nelson Bocanegra in Bogotá and Walter Bianchi in Buenos Aires.)