Argentina's informal peso jumps after IMF debt deal
* Argentine black market peso jumps 2.5%
* Russian rouble extends gains
* Colombian peso slips ahead of cenbank meeting
By Susan Mathew
Jan 28 (Reuters) - Argentine assets were in focus after the country reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund to revamp some $40 billion in debt it cannot pay back, while Russian assets extended gains on signs of easing in tensions over Ukraine.
Ahead of a $700 million payment due on Friday, Argentina had been locked in talks with the IMF over a new program to revamp debt outstanding from a failed $57 billion loan deal from 2018.
Argentina black market peso ARSB= jumped 2.53%.
Uncertainty over an IMF deal has hit Argentina's sovereign bonds, while anti-IMF rhetoric has risen in the country, with some protesters on Thursday calling for the government to suspend repayments.
"Given the increasing pressure in asset prices, particularly the parallel market FX, and Argentina's low level of net reserves, (the government) may have asked the IMF to comment on the improvements in the negotiation in exchange for making the payments due today and next week," Citigroup strategists said in a note.
Citi said it would be watching to see if IMF also uses "agreement" to describe the deal or if it chooses a softer tone.
Russia's rouble RUB= extended Thursday's gains and is on course to end a four-week losing streak after Russia sent its strongest signal so far that it is willing to engage with U.S. security proposals and reiterated that it does not want war over Ukraine.
Other Latin American currencies also gained as the U.S. dollar gave up some of Thursday's strong gains. Brazil's real BRBY firmed 0.7%, while Mexico's peso MXN= looked to break a four-day losing streak.
Colombia's peso COP= slipped 0.4% ahead of a central bank meeting where a 75 basis points hike to 3.75% is expected.
Turkey's lira TRY= was last up 0.4% at 13.58 a dollar. The currency has risen about 35% from record lows hit last month. This followed measures to encourage lira holdings which halted the currency's free fall caused by unconventional monetary policy that created a growing a divergence between surging inflation and the country's key policy rate.
Turkey's annual inflation rate is seen rising to around 47% in January - the highest in 20 years, a Reuters poll showed.
Turkey's central bank has scaled back its currency interventions in January but still spent as much as $1 billion last week to keep the lira steady, according to the calculations of bankers and economists.
Key Latin American stock indexes and currencies at 1418 GMT: Stock indexes
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Colombia peso COP=
-0.45 Peru sol
-0.06 (interbank) ARS=RASL
Reporting by Susan Mathew in Bengaluru. Editing by Jane Merriman
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