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USD/COP climbs above 3100 after Colombian central bank rises rates by 25bp

FXStreet (Córdoba) - The Colombian peso weakened in the market after the decision of the central bank Governing Council to raise the intervention rate by 25 basis points to 5.50%. Most analysts were expecting a bigger rate increase.

USD/COP is about to end the week posting the highest close since September above 3100. The pair peaked at 3108, still below November highs but remains with a bullish bias.

At the beginning of the month, the pair bottomed at 2781 and since then rose 10%, boosted by a decline in crude oil prices and a stronger US dollar. To the upside, USD/COP has an important resistance between 3100 and 3120; a break higher could open the doors for more gains.

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