Trade at Sitme estimated at its lowest
The traded amount on Monday was USD 21.1 million
The report entitled Financial Summary notes that in three-week term, trade has dropped and "reached a trough in almost two years, precisely when the seasonal demand has marked an upward trend since August."
Through September, allocations through the Sitme surged 56%, thus offsetting the stagnation showed by the approvals of the Foreign Exchange Administration Commission (Cadivi). However, less availability of notes has made trade at Sitme narrower. On Monday, the Sitme dealt only USD 21.13 million, according to the BCV.
The report adds that, "the Sitme behavior has disconcerted the market, which expected the BCV to keep the pace of the supply, promptly replacing its stock of bonds. However, the question is more pressing when considering the high portfolio of assets denominated in foreign currency owned by the BCV. Ending August, it was around USD 10 billion and we deem that no changes have occurred since then."
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.