24 de marzo de 2017 / 16:56 / en 8 meses

EMERGING MARKETS-Mexican peso at 4-month peak ahead of U.S. healthcare vote

    SAO PAULO, March 24 (Reuters) - The Mexican peso firmed on
Friday to its strongest in four months ahead of a key vote on
the U.S. healthcare overhaul plan seen as a test of President
Donald Trump's self-described skills as a negotiator.
    The peso strengthened 0.5 percent, touching levels
last seen before Trump was elected in November. Other Latin
American currencies also edged up in thin trading volumes.
    Bets that Trump's campaign pledges to cut taxes could raise
economic growth in the world's No. 1 economy had lifted appetite
for emerging market assets earlier this year.
    But the rally fizzled on Wednesday after his healthcare bill
stalled in Congress, raising doubts about the president's
ability to work with Congress.
    Brazil's benchmark Bovespa stock index seesawed,
with shares of power utility Cia Energética de Minas Gerais SA
 extending gains for a second day.

    Still, concerns that the Brazilian government could face
difficulties in gathering lawmaker support for a planned revamp
of the country's pension system kept a lid on demand for assets.
    
    Key Latin American stock indexes and currencies at 1640 GMT:
 Stock indexes                          daily %   YTD %
                                         change  change
                             Latest              
 MSCI Emerging Markets          970.71     0.29   12.25
                                                 
 MSCI LatAm                    2620.40     1.12   10.72
                                                 
 Brazil Bovespa               63850.65      0.5    6.02
                                                 
 Mexico IPC                   49007.52     0.68    7.37
                                                 
 Chile IPSA                    4755.85      0.6   14.56
                                                 
 Chile IGPA                   23820.72     0.62   14.89
                                                 
 Argentina MerVal             19705.10     0.19   16.48
                                                 
 Colombia IGBC                10069.79    -0.26   -0.58
                                                 
 Venezuela IBC                37707.84     0.61   18.93
                                                 
                                                       
 Currencies                             daily %   YTD %
                                         change  change
                                Latest           
 Brazil real                    3.1168     0.63    4.25
                                                 
 Mexico peso                   18.8500     0.47   10.05
                                                 
 Chile peso                      660.2     0.42    1.59
                                                 
 Colombia peso                 2897.64     0.56    3.58
 Peru sol                        3.243     0.03    5.27
                                                 
 Argentina peso (interbank)    15.5950     0.16    1.80
                                                 
 Argentina peso (parallel)       16.04     0.25    4.86
                                                 
 
 (Reporting by Bruno Federowski; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)
  

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