* Mexican rates to fall more than most expect -analysts * Brazil' real up 0.1%; Chile's peso jumps 1.3% * Brazil to delay announcement of new economic package * Colombia investment grade loss likely -Fitch (Updates prices throughout) By Susan Mathew and Shreyashi Sanyal Aug 24 (Reuters) - Latin American currencies and stocks edged higher on Monday, on higher commodity prices and optimism over coronavirus treatments, while Brazil's real pared gains on a delay in a new economic package. Global sentiment got a lift after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients as a treatment option. A Financial Times report said the U.S. government was considering fast-tracking AstraZeneca's experimental vaccine. Main stock indexes in Latin America rose between 0.1% and 0.6%. Argentina's Merval lost 1.7%. Eyes will also be on Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's address on Thursday about the U.S. central bank's monetary policy framework review. Brazil's real rose 0.1% from three-month lows, but investors turned cautious after the Brazilian government's move to delay the announcement of a series of measures aimed at propping up the economy, originally due to be revealed on Tuesday. The World Health Organization said on Friday the coronavirus crisis appears to be leveling off, if not easing, in Brazil, the world's second biggest COVID-19 hot spot, with more than 3.6 million cases registered as of Sunday. The real has been facing increased pressure from a slew of ministerial resignations and worries about the country's fiscal position. Mexico's peso gave up early gains to drop 0.2%. Annual inflation in the first half of August increased to 3.99%, above expectations, to the upper end of the central bank's target range. The data "will probably prompt the central bank to slow the pace of its easing cycle. But with inflation set to drop back over the coming months, we still think interest rates will fall by more than most expect this year," Capital Economics wrote in a note. Chile's currency led gains in the region, up 1%, as copper prices rose, while the Colombian peso fell 0.5%. Credit rating agency Fitch said it expected Colombia's economy to contract almost 7% in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, adding the Andean country was likely to lose its investment grade. In Argentina, approval by creditors of its debt restructuring offer is being eyed ahead of a Friday deadline. Investors are now looking for macroeconomic reforms and International Monetary Fund support to regain confidence. Key Latin American stock indexes and currencies at 1930 GMT: Stock indexes Latest Daily % change MSCI Emerging Markets 1108.26 1.5 MSCI LatAm 1962.40 0.53 Brazil Bovespa 102011.94 0.48 Mexico IPC 38062.47 -0.09 Chile IPSA 3965.48 -0.73 Argentina MerVal 46626.94 -1.654 Colombia COLCAP 1206.07 1.67 Currencies Latest Daily % change Brazil real 5.5992 0.11 Mexico peso 22.0220 -0.28 Chile peso 783.2 1.32 Colombia peso 3853.44 -0.52 Peru sol 3.5847 -0.06 Argentina peso (interbank) 73.7200 -0.19 Argentina peso (parallel) 134 2.99 (Reporting by Susan Mathew and Shreyashi Sanyal in Bengaluru Editing by Paul Simao and Richard Chang)
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