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    By Walter Brandimarte RIO DE JANEIRO, March 5 (Reuters) - Brazil's interest-rate futures rose on Thursday as investors bet the central bank will further tighten monetary policy to defuse the inflationary impact of a recent currency sell-off that drove the real to its weakest in over 10 years. News that the European Central Bank will start printing money next week, injecting liquidity that may seek higher returns in emerging markets, helped support Latin American markets in general. Most Latin American bourses were in the black, with Mexico's IPC climbing 1 percent after four consecutive sessions of losses. Brazil's benchmark Bovespa index fell 0.3 percent, however, weighed down by a 7.5 percent plunge in shares of Embraer. The Brazilian planemaker said it expects operating profit margins to slip this year, despite benefits of a weaker real, as it focuses production on smaller-cabin regional jets. The real's recent sell-off made it the worst-performing Latin American currency so far this year, with losses of more than 11 percent since the beginning of 2015. It has also been fueling inflation fears and increasing bets that Brazil's central bank will further tighten monetary policy after raising the base Selic rate by 0.5 percent late on Wednesday, to a six-year high of 12.75 percent. Interest-rate futures expiring in January 2016 rose 7 basis points to a 10-day high of 13.28 percent. Investors in that market bet the central bank will again raise the Selic by 0.5 percentage point at its next meeting in April, according to calculations based on the domestic yield curve. Key Latin American currencies and stock indexes at 1610 GMT Stock indexes daily % YTD % change change Latest MSCI Emerging Markets 974.34 -0.2 2.09 MSCI LatAm 2529.83 -0.11 -7.15 Brazil Bovespa 50320.79 -0.29 0.63 Mexico IPC 43731.63 1.00 1.36 Chile IPSA 3968.88 0.15 3.06 Chile IGPA 19311.93 0.14 2.34 Argentina MerVal 9756.75 0.91 13.73 Colombia IGBC 10115.87 -0.36 -13.05 Peru IGRA 13367.68 0.25 -9.64 Venezuela IBC 4036.44 3.77 4.61 Currencies daily % YTD % change change Latest Brazil real 2.9968 -0.60 -11.32 Mexico peso 15.174 -0.78 -2.83 Chile peso 620.4 -0.19 -2.26 Colombia peso 2552.4 -0.44 -6.44 Peru sol 3.096 -0.10 -3.78 Argentina peso (interbank) 8.7475 -0.03 -2.26 Argentina peso (parallel) 12.83 0.78 9.12 (Reporting by Walter Brandimarte; Editing by Andrea Ricci)

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    Canada's main stock exchange rose broadly on Thursday, led by healthy gains among bank shares and forecast-beating results from Canadian Natural Resources Ltd (CNQ), the country's No. 2 oil and gas producer. The TSX moved in tandem with global stocks, which were supported by the European Central Bank's latest effort to boost the struggling eurozone economy.

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    * Euro dips to nearly $1.10 on dovish worries. * ECB to begin bond buying next week. * Dollar index touches fresh highs. By Michael Connor. The euro slumped on Thursday to record lows just above $1.10 and the U.S. dollar added to gains against an index of currencies after the European Central Bank said it will launch a massive bond-buying program next week meant to boost economic growth.

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    * Euro weakens after Draghi details ECB bond purchase plan. * Peripheral euro zone yields fall to record lows. * Global stock gains capped by U.S. data, China outlook. * Lack of Iran nuclear deal keeps Brent oil near $61 a bbl. By Richard Leong.

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    Canada's main stock exchange opened broadly higher on Thursday, helped in part by gains in the materials sector and forecast-beating results from Canadian Natural Resources, the country's No. 2 oil and gas producer. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was up 43.64 points, or 0.3 percent, at 15126.48. All of the index's main groups except for financials climbed.

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    European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said at a news conference on Thursday the ECB is willing to buy government bonds with negative yields, but only "down to the deposit rate" at the ECB, which is negative 0.2%. At the bank's Jan. 22 meeting, Draghi indicated that the ECB was willing to buy debt with negative yields, but it was unclear how low they would go. Borrowing costs across most of the eurozone have moved sharply lower since the central bank's QE announcement in January, with...

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    Stock futures were setting up for a bounce at the open Thursday, hoping to reverse some of the losses sustained over the past two sessions. S&P 500 futures were up 0.21%, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures climbed 0.23%, and Nasdaq futures gained 0.21%. European markets were higher after the European Central Bank left rates unchanged at 0.5% and raised growth forecasts.

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    * Dollar index sets fresh high. * Markets awaiting details of ECB's QE programme. * Dollar strength seen continuing. By Anirban Nag. The euro hovered near a 11-1/2 year low against the dollar on Thursday as investors waited for the European Central Bank to announce more details of its massive bond-buying programme. The euro fell to $1.1026 in Asia, its lowest since early September 2003.

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    China's 2015 budget is out, and it doesn't add up. It will take a great deal of creative accounting at the local- government level to avoid a recession-inducing fiscal squeeze. At the start of the annual meeting of the National People's Congress on Thursday, Premier Li Keqiang, as widely expected, lowered Beijing's target for economic growth this year to about 7% from 7.5%.

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    The European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged on Thursday, holding them at record lows while it deploys a large scale money-printing plan aimed at lifting inflation out of negative territory.

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    NEW YORK-- The European Central Bank on Thursday left official interest rates unchanged, as expected. The ECB's main refinancing rate remains at 0.05%. The focus will be on ECB President Mario Draghi's, in which he's expected to reveal technical details of the bank's asset-buying plan.

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    European markets were slightly more positive than those in East Asia or the U.S. overnight, as investors waited for the European Central Bank chief to set out details of the eurozone's €60 billion quantitative easing program on Thursday. Investors in Europe were less spooked than those in Asia by China's downgrade of its official GDP growth target to "around 7%" from 7.5%. London's FTSE 100 w...

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    Canadian stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Canada's main stock index on Thursday. March futures on the S&P TSX index were up 0.15 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET. Ivey PMI data for February is due at 10:00 a.m. ET. Canada's main stock index fell on Wednesday as shares of banks dropped after their quarterly earnings reports and energy shares declined with the price of Brent crude.

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    Exchange-traded funds designed to let investors play China's bond markets, which are mostly closed to foreigners, are facing a slow start amid concerns about mainland issuers' credit quality, high property prices and the slowing economy. At more than $5 trillion, China's onshore fixed-income markets are outranked only by the U.S. and Japanese markets and offer attractive rates.

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    * Euro zone periphery yields: http://link.reuters.com/byk48v. * ECB QE purchases as percentage of debt stock by market value: http://link.reuters.com/zem24w. By Marius Zaharia. Euro zone borrowing costs lurked around record lows on Thursday, with investors holding their bonds tight as the European Central Bank put the final touches to its trillion-euro asset-buying programme.

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    * Dollar index at 11-1/2 year high. * ECB leaves rates unchanged at record low. By Marcy Nicholson and Clara Denina. Gold eased on Thursday, changing direction and falling below $1,200 an ounce as short-covering dried up after buoying prices following the European Central Bank's announcement that it will lift its 2016 inflation forecast.

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    Emerging market stocks fell to a three-week low on Thursday as a buoyant dollar and China calling its lowest growth for 25 years a 'new normal' soured the mood among investors. The MSCI emerging equities index was 0.2 percent lower at a level last seen in mid February, while the Asia excluding Japan benchmark, fell 0.4 percent.

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    Markets expect bond buys to start early next week. LONDON-- After a long wait, the European Central Bank is about to get going on its most ambitious and aggressive easing action ever: its trillion-euro quantitative-easing program. The central bank should trickle out more details on what shape the QE will take, when ECB President Mario Draghi speaks at his regular post-meeting press conference at 1.30 p.m.

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    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (BRK/A) is planning to raise its first ever issue in the European market, a triple-tranche euro benchmark that will refinance some of its dollar debt. The Aa2/AA rated conglomerate is taking advantage of a strong backdrop and record low yields in the single currency, becoming the latest in a string of US names to cross the pond in recent months.