Chile’s Peso Climbs to Two-Week High as Copper Gains Over Europe

Chile’s peso rose to a two-week high as copper, the country’s biggest export, climbed after the European Central Bank said the region’s economy is improving.

The peso appreciated 0.2 percent to 472.05 per U.S. dollar at the close in Santiago, the strongest level since Feb. 18

The euro gained and copper rallied after Standard & Poor’s raised its outlook for Portugal’s credit rating, easing concern over the euro-area debt crisis while Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said it’s bullish on the metal. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said economic activity will recover in 2013.

“The euro is rising and copper is rebounding a bit from yesterday,” said Eugenio Cortes, the head of currency forwards at EuroAmerica Corredores de Bolsa SA in Santiago. “We’re in a lateral range, and without a structural or fundamental change it’s hard for the peso to break the range.”

International investors in the Chilean peso forwards market increased their net bets against the currency to $3.1 billion on March 5, the highest since Jan. 10, according to data published today by the central bank.

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