Stocks, Mexican peso climb ahead of U.S. election results

Tue Nov 8, 2016 4:13pm EST
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By Chuck Mikolajczak

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Global equity markets climbed and the Mexican peso rallied on Tuesday as investors tilted toward a potential victory for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election.

Markets turned higher near midday after treading water for the early portion of the session, although U.S. equities finished off the session's highs.

While the dollar strengthened slightly against a basket of currencies, the Mexican peso shot to a two-month high versus the greenback.

The Mexican currency has been a market proxy for sentiment over the U.S. election and has performed in inverse correlation with Republican candidate Donald Trump's perceived chances of winning the White House. The iShares MSCI Mexico ETF, touched its highest level since mid-August and closed up 1.8 percent.

Mexico is considered most vulnerable to Trump's trade policies, since 80 percent of its exports go to the United States.

Market participants cited projections from data firm Votecastr, which showed Clinton in the lead in several battleground states, although they also questioned the accuracy of the data.

The market has been pricing in a win for Clinton, including a 2 percent jump in the S&P 500 on Monday after the FBI maintained its view that no criminal charges were warranted in a probe over her email practices.

"There is enough uncertainty and enough dismay in the aggregate for this election season that people are nervous one way or the other," said Keith Bliss, senior vice-president at Cuttone & Co in New York.   Continued...

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., November 8, 2016.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid