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EMERGING MARKETS-LatAm stocks drop after best week since January
September 17, 2012 / 4:40 PM / in 5 years

EMERGING MARKETS-LatAm stocks drop after best week since January

* Investors pocket gains after Fed announcement last week
    * MSCI Latin America stock index off 0.3 pct
    * Brazilian shares gain as much as 1 pct in choppy session
    * Brazil Bovespa up 0.71 pct, Mexico IPC down 0.36 pct

    By Danielle Assalve and Silvio Cascione
    SAO PAULO, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Latin American shares slipped
in a choppy session on Monday as investors pocketed gains after
a key regional stock index recorded its strongest weekly gain
since mid-January.
    The MSCI Latin American stock index fell
0.27 percent to 3,795.82, after rising 4.8 percent last week
following the announcement of a third round of monetary stimulus
in the United States.
    A technical indicator known as the relative strength index
had crossed into "overbought" territory on Friday, indicating
stocks were due to fall in following sessions. 
    Mexico's IPC index fell after four straight gaining
sessions, falling 0.36 percent to 40,546.17 in thin volume.
    "The only thing that moved the market last week was the hope
of a Fed announcement, but now there is no gas in the market,"
said Mauricio Cervantes, trader at Multivalores brokerage in
Mexico City.
    Brazil's benchmark Bovespa stock index advanced 0.71
percent to 62,546.41, near its highest level in more than four
    Earlier, the Bovespa index rose as much as 0.9 percent to an
intraday high at 62,691.86 after a weak opening, though, as the
expiration of futures and options fueled market volatility.
    "It would be natural to see a pullback after the Bovespa
index surpassed 60,000 points, but it seems that this correction
will be mild, with the index trading sideways," said Leandro
Martins, chief analyst at Walpires Corretora, in Sao Paulo.
    The benchmark index for Brazilian stocks has gained nearly
10 percent in September so far. 
    Last week, the U.S. Federal Reserve launched an aggressive
monetary stimulus program on Thursday. The Fed pledged to buy
$40 billion of mortgage-backed securities per month and
indicated it would probably leave interest rates at current
rock-bottom lows until at least mid-2015. 
    "An avalanche of good news caught the market oversold last
week. Now all those things need to become reality. Investors
will wait as they consolidate recent gains," said Raffi
Dokuzian, managing director at CGD Securities, in Sao Paulo.
    Shares of state-controlled oil company Petrobras 
climbed 1 percent, while shares of mining giant Vale 
added 1.03 percent. In contrast, preferred shares of steelmaker
Usiminas dropped 3.53 percent.
    In Mexico, retailer Wal-Mart de Mexico was
almost unchanged, down 0.04 of a peso at 36.64 pesos, a dip of
less than 0.01 percent. Shares of cement manufacturer Cemex
 also edged lower, off 0.01 of peso at 10.590 pesos.
    Chile's IPSA index gained 0.79 percent, rising for
the seventh session in eight as retailer Falabella 
climbed 1.6 percent.

    Latin American prices at 1633 GMT

 Stock indexes                              daily %      YTD %
                           Latest            change     change
 MSCI LatAm                     3,795.82      -0.27       5.66
 Brazil Bovespa                62,546.41       0.71      10.21
 Mexico IPC                    40,546.17      -0.36       9.36
 Chile IPSA                     4,218.00       0.79       0.97
 Chile IGPA                    20,486.10       0.71       1.77
 Argentina MerVal               2,492.48      -2.01       1.21
 Colombia IGBC                 14,480.10      -0.11      14.33
 Peru IGRA                     21,891.42      -0.28      12.42
 Venezuela IBC                295,729.59      -0.02     152.68

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