Barclays Capital: Blinding Sicad exchange rate hints strong devaluation
The investment bank postulates that had the average exchange rate been near VEB 6.30 per US dollar, the Venezuelan government would have deemed it a success and disclosed the data
Failure to disclose the average exchange rate bet by the companies for the US dollars prompts investment bank Barclays Capital suggest a strong devaluation of the local currency, for the second time in 47 days.
"First explanation about why the (Venezuelan) government did not announce the price of the first auction at Sicad seems to be a significant devaluation of the currency," the investment bank hypothesized in a note.
Barclays added that in light of this scenario, Venezuelan authorities abstained from revealing the average price of the bets for the US dollar, thus "avoiding the political cost of the announcement of a second devaluation in less than two-month term."
Had the average exchange rate been near VEB 6.30 per US dollar, the Venezuelan government would have deemed it a success and disclosed the data, they reasoned.
The can of tuna, formerly a fairly normal pantry staple, has long been missing from stores in Venezuela, especially the domestic brands. When tuna cans, imported or domestic, do occasionally show up on store shelves, prices have increased several fold.