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EMERGING MARKETS-Latin American equities continue slide amid trade fears, tech rout

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SAO PAULO, March 28 (Reuters) - Latin American equities fell across the board on Wednesday, as ongoing fears of a trade war, a U.S. tech sector rout and volatile North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations continue to weigh on sentiment. Early on Wednesday, China's Global Times newspaper, a mouthpiece for the ruling Communist Party, said in a sharply worded article that China will soon announce a list of retaliatory tariffs on United States exports. Meanwhile, investors continued to ditch major U.S. tech stocks, which pushed down Wall Street's major indices and dragged many world markets along with it. Also on Wednesday, Canada's chief NAFTA negotiator struck a downbeat tone on a quick renegotiation of the accord. "The fear of Trump continuing to push for 'America First' and increasing protectionism is something that will keep international markets volatile," analysts at Sao Paulo brokerage Guide Investimentos wrote in a note to clients. All Latin American indices were down on Wednesday. Mexico's IPC, which is particularly sensitive to U.S. trade issues, was the big loser, falling 1.05 percent in morning trading. Brazil's Bovespa was off 0.55 percent, while Argentina's Merval dropped 0.62 percent and Chile's IPSA fell 0.22 percent. Losses were intensified in Brazil and Mexico by corporate news events affecting heavily weighted stocks, as well as weak commodity prices. Shares in water and sewage provider Cia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo SA, known as Sabesp, fell 3.6 percent after posting disappointing fourth quarter results. Shares in state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA also posted significant losses due to weak oil prices. In Mexico, shares in cement maker Cemex SAB de CV , which have proved volatile in recent months, shed 4.35 percent, helping drag down the IPC and completely erasing gains that occurred last week when the company canceled a proposed capital increase.

Key Latin American stock indexes and currencies at 1639 GMT:

Stock indexes daily % YTD % Latest change change MSCI Emerging Markets 1164.23 -1.77 2.31 MSCI LatAm 2982.71 -0.45 5.94 Brazil Bovespa 83388.10 -0.5 9.14 Mexico IPC 46292.06 -1.07 -6.20 Chile IPSA 5468.73 -0.21 -1.72 Chile IGPA 27410.88 -0.19 -2.04 Argentina MerVal 31082.27 -0.49 3.38 Colombia IGBC 11256.97 -0.39 -1.00 Venezuela IBC 4642.36 -2.37 -85.36 Currencies daily % YTD % change change

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Brazil real 3.3361 -0.19 -0.68 Mexico peso 18.2225 0.89 8.10 Chile peso 604.2 0.34 1.73 Colombia peso 2776.65 0.23 7.40 Peru sol 3.225 0.03 0.37 Argentina peso 20.1675 0.01 -7.77

(interbank)

Argentina peso 20.71 0.24 -7.15

(parallel)

(Reporting by Gram Slattery; editing by Diane Craft)