Mexico City/New York — Mexico’s peso led gains among emerging-market currencies as sentiment improved overnight on speculation that Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the country’s next president, may seek a congenial relationship with his US counterpart. The currency climbed 1.4% to 19.6803 to the dollar, which would be the strongest closing level in more than a month. The peso was among the world’s worst performers in the second quarter as investors fretted about the leading contender’s leftist politics. It edged lower Monday in the aftermath of López Obrador’s commanding victory at the polls. Traders were encouraged after a conversation between López Obrador and Donald Trump on Monday in which they discussed border security, the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) and a potential bilateral trade deal. The new president’s pick for foreign minister, Héctor Vasconcelos, told Televisa that another meeting may happen. López Obrador — popularly known as Amlo — published a book last y...

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