November 25, 2019 / 7:41 PM / 13 days ago

EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil's real down on wider current account gap; Mexico's peso slips on weak GDP data

    * Brazil's real slips after current account gap widens
    * Mexican peso eases after weak GDP data
    * Chilean peso breaks 5-day losing streak 
    * U.S.-China trade rhetoric improves

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    By Medha Singh
    Nov 25 (Reuters) - Brazil's real weakened on Monday after
data showed the current account deficit in Latin America's
largest economy widened in October, while a report showing the
Mexican economy was in a mild recession in the first half of
2019 pressured the peso.
    The slipped against a firmer dollar as central bank
data indicated the current account deficit widened more than
expected, to $7.9 billion as the trade surplus shrank.

    "The number was a little bit of a surprise," said Luiz
Ribeiro, head of Latin American equities at DWS Group.
    "But the current account deficit is growing not because of
higher imports but because of lower exports, and one of the main
reasons for that is lower exports to Argentina."
    The currency, which hit a record low against the dollar last
week, is down about 8% this year as the economy sluggishly
recovers from a deep recession and struggles to cope with a
mounting fiscal deficit.
    The Mexican peso eased as revised data from the
national statistics agency showed the economy entered a slight
recession in the first two quarter of this year.
    "Mexico is in a really delayed stage of the economic cycle,
like the United States, so it's very difficult to expect an
acceleration in growth," Ribeiro said.
    MSCI's index of Latin American FX fell
against a firmer dollar, which was lifted by promising news on
the Sino-U.S. trade front.
    The Chilean peso, which advanced about 1% as the
currency of the world's largest copper producer benefited from
higher copper prices, bucked the trend. 
    In Colombia, where anti-government protests that have
largely been peaceful entered their fourth day, the country's
currency was down 0.3% while stocks lost nearly
1%.
    "We don't think it will affect growth the same way it has in
Chile, where the GDP forecast is reduced," said Ribeiro.
    Stocks in the region shed 0.8%, with
equities in Brazil down 0.1% while those in Chile fell 1.7%.
    
    Key Latin American stock indexes and currencies at 1918 GMT:
    
 Stock indexes                                  daily %
                                    Latest       change
 MSCI Emerging Markets                1053.96      0.52
 MSCI LatAm                           2690.59      -0.8
 Brazil Bovespa                     108506.10     -0.17
 Mexico IPC                          43590.66      0.16
 Chile IPSA                           4649.70      -1.7
 Argentina MerVal                    33706.66     0.351
 Colombia IGBC                        1597.79     -0.99
                                                       
 Currencies                                     daily %
                                                 change
                                       Latest  
 Brazil real                           4.2127     -0.49
 Mexico peso                          19.4386     -0.34
 Chile peso                             791.3      0.94
 Colombia peso                        3432.25     -0.28
 Peru sol                               3.386      0.06
 Argentina peso (interbank)           59.7100      0.12
                                               
 
 (Reporting by Shreyashi Sanyal in Bengaluru; Editing by Steve
Orlofsky)
  
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