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Peso continues to rally, closes at 4-1/2 year high
The local currency closed at an intraday-high of 47.855 to $1 after piercing the 47 level on Thursday, as the Philippines incurred a smaller trade deficit on the back of higher exports.
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Peso continues to rally, closes at 4-1/2 year high

Lawrence Agcaoili (The Philippine Star) - May 8, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The peso rallied for the seventh straight trading day, gaining another 12.5 centavos yesterday to hit its highest level in almost five years.

The local currency closed at an intraday-high of 47.855 to $1 after piercing the 47 level on Thursday, as the Philippines incurred a smaller trade deficit on the back of higher exports.

This is the strongest level for the peso since closing at 47.83 to $1 last Sept. 22, 2016.

The peso opened stronger at 47.92 before hitting an intraday low of 47.945. Trading volume inched up slightly to $985.37 million from $978.05 million last Thursday.

Michael Ricafort, chief economist at Rizal Commercial Banking Corp., said the record-high exports volume that resulted in a narrower trade deficit fundamentally supported the stronger peso.

He said the local currency also appreciated after the softer manufacturing data that could remain sluggish amid the lockdown measures in the National Capital Region and adjacent provinces (NCR Plus) since the latter part of March, thereby significantly reducing economic activities and slowing the recovery in imports and demand for dollars to pay for imports.

Another factor, he said, was the arrival of 1.5 million more Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine doses in the country, the highest single delivery so far, amid the increase in the expected COVID-19 vaccine doses for May to seven million from four million.

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