EMERGING MARKETS-Corporate updates, China measures help Brazil outperform Latam stocks

    * Barclays latest bank to lower Brazil GDP forecasts 
    * China cuts medium-term rate to ease coronavirus hit 
    * Vale boosted by strong iron ore prices 

 (Updates prices, adds analyst's comment)
    By Sruthi Shankar
    Feb 17 (Reuters) - Stocks in Latin America edged higher on
Monday, led by Brazil's Bovepsa, following positive corporate
updates, while investor anxiety around the impact of a
coronavirus outbreak was soothed by China's stimulus measures.  
    China's central bank cut its medium-term lending rate on
Monday, ramping up support for the economy and companies that
have been hit by a slump in sales and activity because of the
coronavirus outbreak.
    The cut helped Chinese stock markets rise while lifting
sentiment globally. MSCI's index for Latin American equities
 rose 0.2%.
    Markets in the region have taken a hit from the outbreak in
China, which is one of the region's top export destinations. 
    Sao Paulo-listed shares gained 0.9%, with Carrefour
Brasil SA rising more than 3% after the retailer
agreed to buy 30 stores from smaller rival Makro.
    Higher iron ore prices helped miner Vale SA gain
4%, while retailer Magazine Luiza SA was up 5% after
reporting a jump in net sales and EBITDA in the fourth quarter.

    Trading was subdued with U.S. markets closed for a public
holiday, leaving Latin American currencies mixed.
    Brazil's real fell against the dollar, with Barclays
becoming the latest bank to cut growth forecasts because of the
spillover from disappointing data late last year that meant
growth this year will now be barely above 2%.
    U.S. futures markets data showed international speculators
increased their bearish bets on the real to a six-week high last
week before the central bank intervened in the market to lift
the currency from its record low.
    Citigroup expects the real to strengthen, however, adding
that "leveraged buying is a positive sign for a currency and
Friday's flows raise the likelihood that the intervention will
be successful." 
    Investors also awaited the conclusion of debt talks between
the cash-strapped Argentine government and its biggest creditor,
the International Monetary Fund, that were expected to set the
tone for a massive bond restructuring ahead.
    Key Latin American stock indexes and currencies at 2011 GMT:
           Stock indexes                    Latest    Daily %
 MSCI Emerging Markets                       1107.93      0.15
 MSCI LatAm                                  2789.39      0.19
 Brazil Bovespa                            115374.96      0.87
 Mexico IPC                                 44978.74     -0.05
 Chile IPSA                                  4631.33     -0.53
 Argentina MerVal                           39189.33     1.402
 Colombia COLCAP                             1663.07     -0.08
              Currencies                    Latest    Daily %
 Brazil real                                  4.3257     -0.67
 Mexico peso                                 18.5555     -0.12
 Chile peso                                    793.1     -0.29
 Colombia peso                               3395.22     -0.20
 Peru sol                                      3.378      0.00
 Argentina peso (interbank)                  61.5000     -0.07
 (Reporting by Sruthi Shankar and Shreyashi Sanyal in Bengaluru;
Editing by Sonya Hepinstall and Peter Cooney)

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