(Adds yearly milestones, updates prices) By Susan Mathew Dec 30 (Reuters) - Mirroring moves on Wall Street, many Latin American stocks fell on Monday, in the last day of trade for most regional indices this year. Wall Street indices slipped, as did those in Europe, as investors booked profits as the year drew to a close. Regionally, MSCI's index of Latin American shares fell 0.1% but was set to end the year up around 14%. Markets breathed a sigh of relief earlier this month when the United States and China agreed an initial trade deal, ending some uncertainty over a dispute that has dominated market movements for more than 16 months. Emerging market currencies have also taken heart from an easing cycle by the U.S. Federal Reserve and other major central banks after a steady rise in U.S. interest rates had pushed some into crises in 2018. Brazil shares gave up 0.5% on Monday, but overall gains in 2019 reached 32% - the Bovespa's best year since 2016. The real currency firmed 0.7% on Monday against a weaker dollar, capping losses this year to around 3.4%. Volatility in Brazil has been high in 2019 as market participants have closely followed the lengthy passage of a crucial pension overhaul which the government hopes will shrink the deficit and restart the economy. Brazil's public-sector finances improved further in November, central bank figures showed, as the deficit as a share of the overall economy shrank to its smallest in over a year and the national debt fell for the third straight month. In Mexico on Monday, stocks shed 1.6%, while the peso weakened 0.4%, each clocking their biggest one-day loss in a month. Both are on course to end the year on Tuesday up close to 4%. In a year that saw Argentine markets crash as an election indicated a return to more protectionist policies, the peso closed down 0.13% against the dollar on Monday, taking the 2019 total drop to over 37%. In usually stable Chile, a year that saw protests against economic inequality turn violent also unnerved investors. The Chilean peso lost 7.4% over 2019, while the stock market posted its worst year since 2013. Oil exporter Colombia's peso lost 1% this year, while Bogota-listed stocks gained 25% over the same period to log their best year since 2010. Key Latin American stock indexes and currencies at 1930 GMT: Stock indexes Latest Daily % change MSCI Emerging Markets 1118.28 -0.03 MSCI LatAm 2926.51 -0.13 Brazil Bovespa 115989.86 -0.47 Mexico IPC 43540.20 -1.63 Chile IPSA 4669.85 0.02 Argentina MerVal 41438.03 -0.585 Colombia COLCAP 1659.02 -0.13 Currencies Latest Daily % change Brazil real 4.0160 0.82 Mexico peso 18.9240 -0.49 Chile peso 751.2 -0.53 Colombia peso 3282.76 0.43 Peru sol 3.316 -0.07 Argentina peso 59.8450 -0.03 (interbank) (Reporting by Shreyashi Sanyal and Susan Mathew in Bengaluru; editing by Nick Macfie and Rosalba O'Brien)
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