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EMERGING MARKETS-Latam FX rises as dollar pressure eases, Argentine peso falls

    * Brazil's real leads gains as inflation increases
    * Argentine peso the sole loser
    * Latam stocks up in early trade

    By Ambar Warrick
    April 5 (Reuters) - Most Latin American currencies rose on
Monday as the dollar retreated slightly from recent gains, while
Argentina's peso dropped after President Alberto Fernandez
tested positive for COVID-19.
    Chile's peso hit a more-than one-month high, while
Brazil's real led gains among its peers on waning
pressure from the greenback, which retreated slightly from
recent peaks after stellar U.S. payrolls data. 
    The real also benefited from increasing inflation trends in
the country, which have spurred monetary policy tightening
measures by Brazil's central bank.
    Still, the real has lagged its peers by a wide margin this
year, as the country struggles to roll out vaccinations amid a
rising death toll from COVID-19.
    Increased bullishness on the dollar and rising Treasury
yields have also weighed on emerging market currencies this
year, with those in Latam bearing the brunt of the pressure due
to a damaging resurgence of the coronavirus in the region.
    A mild pullback in U.S. benchmark yields benefited emerging
market currencies on Monday. 
    "Our view to start the year was partly based on the enormous
gap between the green and black lines, indicating that the USD
was too weak relative to the global outlook," analysts at TD
Securities said.  
    "That gap has been closed, and now a new open has opened up
in the other direction. It's not huge, but we think there's room
for a USD pause in the interim."
    Argentina's peso lagged its regional peers on the day
after President Fernandez tested positive for the virus,
although doctors called the case mild.
    Most Latin American stocks rose in early trade. Brazilian
iron ore miner Vale was among the top boosts to the
Bovespa benchmark index after it announced plans to buy
back shares. 
    Key Latin American stock indexes and currencies:
    
                              Latest      Daily % change
 MSCI Emerging Markets         1338.11                -0.01
                                        
 MSCI LatAm                    2317.50                 1.61
                                        
 Brazil Bovespa              116839.76                 1.38
                                        
 Mexico IPC                   47574.09                 0.69
                                        
 Chile IPSA                    4883.44                -0.04
                                        
 Argentina MerVal                    -                    -
                                        
 Colombia COLCAP               1320.36                 0.27 Currencies             Latest      Daily % change
 Brazil real                    5.6490                 1.15
                                        
 Mexico peso                   20.2600                 0.17
                                        
 Chile peso                      713.8                 0.45
                                        
 Colombia peso                 3642.03                 0.33
 Peru sol                       3.7427                 0.00
                                        
 Argentina peso                92.2300                -0.25
 (interbank)                            
                                        
 

 (Reporting by Ambar Warrick in Bengaluru)
  
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