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A.LATIN MARKETS-Currencies fall amid rising dollar; stock markets operate unevenly

BOGOTÁ, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Most Latin American currencies fell on Friday as the dollar rebounded globally, a day after inflation in the United States fell for the first time in more than two years in December. raising the possibility that the Federal Reserve will further reduce its pace of rate hikes.

* Meanwhile, the region’s stock markets operated unevenly.

* Markets also saw profit taking after a good start to the year.

* In Brazil, the real was trading almost stable against Thursday’s close at 5.1000 units per dollar and the Bovespa stock index fell 0.72% to 111,049 points.

* The Mexican peso was trading at 18.8801 units, with a depreciation of 0.28% against Thursday’s Reuters reference price and the main S&P/BMV IPC stock index, which makes up the 35 most liquid companies in the Mexican market, fell 0.24% to 53,463.31 points.

* In Argentina, the peso opened 0.20% lower at 181.35 per dollar, while the leading Argentine S&P Merval index rose 1.11% to 236,760.72 points.

* The Colombian peso began the session with a devaluation of 0.52% to 4,700 units per dollar and on the stock market, the reference index MSCI COLCAP, fell 0.13% to 1,334.90 points.

* The Chilean peso fell 0.28% and traded at 822.80/823.10 units per dollar, dragged down by the global recovery of the US currency and a fall in the price of copper, the country’s largest export. Meanwhile, the leading index of the Santiago stock market, the IPSA, fell 0.59%, to 5,170.99 points.

* The Peruvian currency, the sol, depreciated 0.79% to 3.815/3.817 units per dollar and the benchmark on the Lima Stock Exchange advanced 0.71% to 605.75 points. (Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta, additional reporting by Froilán Romero in Santiago, Hernán Nessi and Jorge Otaola in Buenos Aires, Noé Torres in Mexico City, Editing by Manuel Farías)

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