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EMERGING MARKETS-Mexico peso slips to 5-month low on NAFTA jitters

SAO PAULO, Oct 16 (Reuters) - The Mexican peso weakened to a five-month low on Monday on mounting concerns over the future of the nation's trade ties with the United States. U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, which is demanding big changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, has presented a series of hard-line proposals that partners Canada and Mexico say will be tough to accept. Negotiators are running out of time to reach consensus and look set to extend the remaining rounds in a bid to meet a year-end deadline, three people told Reuters. Concerns over the future of NAFTA have hit the Mexican currency hard. The United States purchases more than three-quarters of Mexico's exports. Bank of America Merrill Lynch strategists said they were bearish on the Mexican currency, while they saw room for the Brazilian real to appreciate. "We do not expect the NAFTA renegotiations to be smooth. We expect investment to decrease while volatility could pick up," they wrote in a report. "The high level of rates will start to play against economic growth. Positioning remains heavy in Mexico." The peso slipped 1 percent on Monday, while the Brazilian real was down 0.6 percent. Demand for the Brazilian currency fluctuated as traders feared that lawmakers, in a vote later this week, would put President Michel Temer on trial before the Supreme Court on corruption charges. Investors see Temer's platform of structural reforms as key to boosting long-term economic growth. Brazil's benchmark Bovespa stock index fell 0.4 percent, weighed down by shares of Itaú Unibanco Holding SA , the nation's largest lender. A unit of Brazil's antitrust regulator, Cade, on Monday ruled that its purchase of a minority stake in independent financial services firm XP Investimentos SA needs further analysis because of competition concerns. Shares of phone carrier Oi SA slumped after bondholders shunned a revamped plan to restructure its debt, saying it was too beneficial to shareholders. A group of Oi creditors on Sunday demanded that the company's top executives meet them as soon as possible to renegotiate the debt plan.

Key Latin American stock indexes and currencies at 1510 GMT:

Stock indexes daily % YTD % change change

Latest

MSCI Emerging Markets 1131.18 0.47 30.58 MSCI LatAm 2950.82 -0.5 26.7 Brazil Bovespa 76679.61 -0.4 27.32 Mexico S&P/BVM IPC 50149.34 0.33 9.87 Chile IPSA 5473.51 0.24 31.85 Chile IGPA 27417.24 0.27 32.23 Argentina MerVal 27140.80 0.3 60.43 Colombia IGBC 11084.02 0.21 9.44 Venezuela IBC 532.98 -0.19 -98.32 Currencies daily % YTD % change change

Latest

Brazil real 3.1664 -0.57 2.61 Mexico peso 19.1085 -1.04 8.56 Chile peso 619.35 0.56 8.29 Colombia peso 2933.18 -0.10 2.33 Peru sol 3.246 0.06 5.18 Argentina peso (interbank) 17.3300 0.52 -8.40 Argentina peso (parallel) 17.85 0.22 -5.77

(Reporting by Bruno Federowski)