Peru Bonds Rise as Investors Use Weaker Sol to Boost Holdings

Feb. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Peruvian bonds rose, pushing yields down the most in nine weeks, as investors took advantage of the sol’s decline to buy debt at cheaper prices in dollars.

The yield on the government’s benchmark 7.84 percent sol-denominated bonds due August 2020 fell nine basis points, or 0.09 percentage point, to 3.75 percent at 3:03 p.m. in Lima, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That is the steepest drop since Dec. 4. The price climbed 0.68 centimo to 126.46 centimos per sol.

The sol closed at an eight-week low after the Finance Ministry pledged to buy $4 billion in the foreign-exchange market and the central bank raised reserve requirements to help stem the currency’s appreciation. The weaker sol makes it cheaper for foreign investors to purchase Peruvian bonds while a drop in implied yields on sol forwards has cut the cost of hedging currency risk, said Diego Llona, a bond trader at Banco Santander Peru SA.

“Right now, the hedge is a bargain,” Llona said in an e-mailed message.

The sol weakened 0.1 percent to 2.5775 per U.S. dollar at today’s close, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That is the lowest since Dec. 5.

One-month implied yield on sol forwards, a measure of the costs to hedge, fell to -4.93 percent on Jan. 22, the lowest since August 2010, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The yield was -2.07 percent today.

The implied yield is derived from the difference between the spot and forward price and compares with the central bank’s benchmark interest rate of 4.25 percent.

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