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By Bruno Federowski
SAO PAULO, Oct 7 Key Latin American stocks and
currencies fell on Friday after a high-ranking Federal Reserve
official played down a drop in U.S. jobs growth, raising
expectations the Federal Reserve would still raise interest
rates later this year.
U.S. job growth unexpectedly slowed in September for the
third straight month, surprising many traders who had bet on a
Emerging markets gained after the report as investors pared
back bets on a U.S. rate hike later this year that could drain
capital away from high-yielding assets.
But most turned lower a few hours later after Fed Vice Chair
Stanley Fischer said the figures were close to an ideal
The Mexican and Colombian pesos weakened,
also pressured by a drop in crude prices as traders booked
profits from a rally to four-month highs.
Brazil's benchmark Bovespa stock index seesawed but
rose 0.77 percent to 61,108 points, the highest closing level
since Sept. 3, 2014.
Concerns over the economic fallout from Britain's decision
to leave the European Union also weighed on appetite for
emerging market assets.
The pound sterling slumped to a three-decade low in a
morning "flash crash", though it later recovered to trade about
1.5 percent lower.
Key Latin American stock indexes at 2230:
Stock indexes daily % YTD %
Latest change change
MSCI Emerging Markets 914.81 -0.24 15.2
MSCI LatAm 2454.56 0.44 34.14
Brazil Bovespa 61108.98 0.77 40.97
Mexico IPC 47596.60 -0.73 10.75
Chile IPSA 4075.68 -0.04 10.75
Chile IGPA 20317.35 -0.04 11.93
Argentina MerVal 17136.22 -0.04 46.77
Colombia IGBC 9964.37 0.43 16.58
Venezuela IBC 13417.42 0.62 -8.03
(Reporting by Bruno Federowski; Editing by David Gregorio and