Grupo Financiero Galicia Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of Argentine banking group Grupo Financiero Galicia (Nasdaq: GGAL  ) soared as much as 26% on news that Argentina's former president, Nestor Kirchner, had died.

So what: The markets see the death of the populist Kirchner as a potential boon for Argentine businesses. Kirchner presided over the massive debt restructuring in 2005 that gave creditors a mere $0.30 per dollar on $95 billion of defaulted debt -- a plan that's still being contested in international courts. Unofficial estimates also put the country's inflation rate as high as 25%. Investors are hoping that today's news will clear the way for fresh faces in government who will make the country more pro-business.

Now what: This news wasn't specific to Grupo Financiero Galicia, so fellow U.S.-listed Argentine companies Telecom Argentina (NYSE: TEO  ) , Banco Macro (NYSE: BMA  ) , and Empresa Distribuidora (NYSE: EDN  ) were all hopping on the news. While Kirchner's death could lead to change in Argentina, at this point it's all speculation, so investors should be cautious about chasing these shares.

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