Peso rises on news of rising imports by China

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MANILA, Philippines—The peso rose on Wednesday, the first trading day of the week, as reports of growing imports by China lifted sentiment in neighboring emerging markets.

The local currency closed at 41.07 against the US dollar, up by 20 centavos from Friday’s finish of 41.27:$1.

Intraday high hit 41.04:$1, while intraday low settled at 41.16:$1. Volume of trade amounted to $1.15 billion from $859.8 million previously.

The appreciation of the peso and other emerging-market currencies came following reports that China registered a trade deficit in March on account of rising imports.

Traders said this signaled growing domestic demand in the world’s second-biggest economy, which benefited exporting countries like the Philippines.

They said improvements in the Chinese economy could help emerging Asian markets, like the Philippines, post favorable export earnings in the remainder of the year. This bodes well for the Philippines, which recorded a contraction in exports in February.

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  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Lousy economic report.

  • gisingpinas

    Philippine exports are expensive due to the strenght of peso.

  • upupperclassman

    The reasoning is funny. The export increase of China is being questioned by the Western press and it does not stimulate US and European economies in anyway. Now it is a cause for Pesos exchange rate to rise.

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