EMERGING MARKETS-Latam currencies pare gains as oil slides; stocks fall
By Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Latin American currencies pared gains on Wednesday as crude prices turned negative, taking the shine off an extended rally in emerging markets. Most stock markets in the region fell, tracking declines in Wall Street triggered by the losses in oil. But most currencies remained in positive territory, with investors still chasing higher yields amid prospects of rock-bottom interest rates abroad and a gradual but sturdy global economic recovery. Oil prices slid nearly 2 percent after a surprise build in U.S. inventories reinforced concerns about global oversupply. Brazil's real posted fresh one-year highs close to 3.10 per U.S. dollar but reduced gains in early afternoon trade. The currency rose for the seventh straight trading day, while Colombia's peso posted its sixth daily gain. Also weighing on some regional stock indexes was a batch of bearish corporate reports. Shares in builder Cyrela SA were the biggest losers in Brazil's benchmark Bovespa stock index after the company reported a 62 percent drop in second-quarter income. But stocks in Gerdau SA rose 3 percent following its results. The steelmaker posted higher earnings in the second quarter compared to the first, as well as lower debt ratios. Key Latin American stock indexes and currencies at 1625 GMT: Stock indexes daily % YTD % Latest change change MSCI Emerging Markets 903,02 0,36 13,3 MSCI LatAm 2461,33 -0,41 35,06 Brazil Bovespa 56850,59 -1,45 31,14 Mexico IPC 47648,31 0,04 10,87 Chile IPSA 4136,05 -0,29 12,39 Chile IGPA 20439,24 -0,27 12,60 Argentina MerVal 15306,92 -0,95 31,11 Colombia IGBC 9719,75 -0,33 13,72 Venezuela IBC 12255,10 -0,53 -15,99 Currencies daily % YTD % change change Latest Brazil real 3,1285 0,38 26,16 Mexico peso 18,3410 0,51 -6,06 Chile peso 649,3 0,45 9,30 Colombia peso 2959,24 0,74 7,10 Peru sol 3,306 0,03 3,27 Argentina peso (interbank) 14,7250 0,44 -11,83 Argentina peso (parallel) 15,26 0,59 -6,49 (Reporting by Bruno Federowski; Editing by David Gregorio)
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