Argentina stocks rise on oil prices; bonds slip
BUENOS AIRES May 28 (Reuters) - Argentina's stock, currency and bond market trends on Friday:
* The MerVal stocks index .MERV gained as rising global oil prices boosted energy-related shares. The index rose 1.71 percent to close at 1,587.21 points.
* Index heavyweight Tenaris TENA.BA, the world's leading producer of seamless steel tubes for the energy industry, rose 3.53 percent to 60.15 pesos.
* Oil rose to a six-month high above $66 per barrel on Friday, making largest monthly percentage gain in more than a decade after U.S., Japanese and Indian data suggested the economic downturn may be easing.
* On the broad stock market in Buenos Aires, volume was moderate at $22.4 million.
* Prices for government bonds traded over-the-counter in Buenos Aires fell on average 0.6 percent as investors pocketed profits from recent gains.
* The peso-denominated Disc bond ARDISCD=RASL shed 3.3 percent and the dollar-denominated Boden 2012 ARBODEN12D=RASL fell 2.7 percent, according to the ask price.
* In formal exchange between banks, the Argentine peso fell 0.13 percent to end at 3.7475/3.75 per dollar ARS=RASL.
* In informal trade between foreign exchange houses, as measured by Reuters, the peso weakened 0.26 percent to 3.8075/3.8125 ARSB=. (Reporting by Walter Bianchi and Jorge Otaola; Writing by Kevin Gray; Editing by Diane Craft)
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