* Early official results from Argentina's primary elections held on Aug. 11 gave opposition candidate Alberto Fernandez 47.3% of votes, giving him a 15 percentage point-lead over President Mauricio Macri, with 88% of votes counted, Reuters reported. Fernandez's lead went beyond the 2% to 8% margin predicted in pre-election polls.
* Administradora de Fondos de Pensiones Habitat SA reached a share purchase agreement with both Scotiabank and Mercantil Colpatria SA to acquire 100% of Colombian Colfondos SA Pensiones y Cesantias, pending regulatory approval from Colombian authorities. The share price agreed upon was 585 billion Colombian pesos, to be paid upfront.
MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA
* Japan's SoftBank Group Corp. is discussing investing in Mexican financial technology firm Konfio, Reuters reported, citing several people familiar with the matter. Konfio helps small entrepreneurs obtain loans. The Japanese firm is also in talks with online used car platform Kavak.
* Executives at Banco do Brasil SA said the bank's sharp downward revision of 2019 corporate loan growth is due to market dynamics in Brazil, where borrowers are increasingly looking to capital markets for financing. The bank now expects company loans will contract by between 13.0% and 10.0%, from an earlier estimate of up to 3.0% growth, while its total loan portfolio is forecast to end the year within the range of a 2% contraction and 1% growth.
* Caixa Econômica Federal is studying a possible reduction of rates for the Finisa infrastructure and sanitation financing line, Valor Econômico reported, citing bank chief Pedro Guimarães.
* Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social said it would have lost 70 million reais in a credit operation carried out in 2005 with the Brazilian food company JBS SA, Valor Econômico reported, citing sources familiar with the matter. The total loss could have reached 180 million according to the updated interest rate.
* Banco de Crédito del Perú on Aug. 13 will auction up to 50.0 million soles of three-year corporate bonds, expandable up to 100.0 million soles. The bonds will be issued Aug. 14.
* Credicorp Ltd. cut its guidance for loan growth in 2019 to between 6% and 8% from a previous estimate of between 8% and 10%, citing sluggish economic growth and the Peruvian central bank's recent interest rate cut. CFO César Ríos Briceño said the company faces challenges in growing its corporate loan segment, partly due to weak investment activity in the country. Its total loan portfolio grew 6.4% year-over-year to hit 109.38 billion soles in the first six months of 2019.
* Sura Asset Management SA will set up a subsidiary in Peru to be named Sociedad Titularizadora SURA SA, pending regulatory approval from Peru's SMV regulator.
* Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido warned that the government-led Constituent Assembly will dissolve the opposition-controlled parliament today and call for elections, Reuters reported.
* Fitch Ratings revised the outlook on the long-term foreign and local currency issuer default rating of Banco Fassil SA to negative from stable, following the recent outlook revision on Bolivia's long-term issuer default rating. Fitch said the Bolivian government's macroeconomic and regulatory policies have a large impact on the bank's performance.
* BlackRock Inc. wants to increase its presence in Chile through private debt funds and will soon offer a direct debt vehicle that makes loans to U.S. companies in need of capital, Diario Financiero reported, quoting Roque Calleja, an executive for Latin America at the fund manager.
IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD
* Asia-Pacific: HSBC Greater China chief quits; 400,000 NAB customers eligible for class action
* Middle East & Africa: KCB bets on South Sudan; S&P lifts Rwanda; Mozambique's debt scandal crackdown
* Europe: Rose said to take RBS helm; UK eyes bailout fund; Salvini denies euro exit plan
* North America: IEX to introduce connectivity fees; Stifel buying George K. Baum & Co.
Pablo Jimenez Arandia contributed to this article.
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