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    RIO DE JANEIRO, March 2 (Reuters) - The Brazilian real weakened slightly on Monday after the central bank signaled it was reducing the rollover pace of currency swaps while other Latin American currencies were supported by China's decision to cut interest rates over the weekend. The real lost 0.3 percent after Brazilian policymakers signaled on Friday they would roll over about 80 percent of the currency swaps that expire in April. Those swaps are derivative contracts that provide investors with protection against currency losses. In the past few months, the central bank had been rolling over nearly 100 percent of maturing swaps. Other Latin American currencies, including the those of Mexico and Chile, were steady to slightly weaker as investors digested China's decision to accelerate the pace of monetary easing to boost its manufacturing sector. China is the largest consumer of Latin American commodity exports and concern about its slowing economy has been weighing on emerging markets in general. China's move initially boosted the price of metals such as copper, but that impact faded later. Key Latin American currencies and stock indexes at 1345 GMT Stock indexes daily % YTD % change change Latest MSCI Emerging 989.88 -0.04 3.55 Markets MSCI LatAm 2647.2 -0.26 -2.7 Brazil Bovespa 51445.94 -0.27 2.88 Chile IPSA 3988.52 0.12 3.57 Chile IGPA 19397.04 0.2 2.79 Venezuela IBC 3723.97 1.97 -3.49 Currencies daily % YTD % change change Latest Brazil real 2.8627 -0.29 -7.17 Mexico peso 14.953 -0.04 -1.40 Chile peso 617.3 -0.01 -1.77 Colombia peso 2511.29 -0.47 -4.91 Peru sol 3.093 0.00 -3.69 Argentina peso 8.7250 0.03 -2.01 (interbank) (Reporting by Walter Brandimarte Editing by W Simon)

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    Stock futures were holding onto gains after consumer spending for January missed forecasts. After months of worryingly slow growth, the People's Bank of China cut its benchmark lending and deposit rates by 0.25%, the second rate adjustment in less than four months. India's central bank has decided to introduce inflation targeting for the first time.

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    * Euro recovers from falls in Asian trade. * Up 0.3 percent vs dollar on the day at $1.1228. * Dollar jumps to 2-year high vs yuan after Chinese rate cut. * All eyes on ECB preparations for quantitative easing. * Aussie central bank seen cutting rates on Tuesday. By Patrick Graham.

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    Stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Canada's main stock index on Monday, with March futures on the S&P TSX index up 0.15 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET. Fourth-quarter current account data is due at 8:30 a.m. ET and RBC's manufacturing PMI data is due at 9:30 a.m. ET.

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    If you're looking for a sign of how far European Central Bank policies might reach, Coke is it. The Coca-Cola Co. (KO) last week came to Europe and sold EUR8.5 billion of bonds. It is the biggest ever euro-denominated issue by a U.S. borrower, the biggest in Coke's history and the second-biggest deal in the single currency on record.

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    Asian markets strengthened overnight on Monday, after the People's Bank of China announced its second interest rate cut in three months and India came out with a business-friendly, infrastructure focused budget. But Europe was focused on economic news closer to home.

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    LONDON, March 2 (Reuters) - The following FTSE 100 companies will go ex-dividend on Thursday, after which investors will no longer qualify for the latest dividend payout. According to Reuters calculations at current market prices, the effect of the resulting adjustment to prices by market-makers would take 14.46 points off the index. COMPANY (RIC) DIVIDEND STOCK OPTION MAX IMPACT (pence) CRH 0.44 euro cents 0.82 HSBC 20.00 U.S cents 9.73 RIO TINTO 77.98 3.83 RSA 2.00 0.08 Among FTSE 250 companies going ex-dividend are: COMPANY (RIC) DIVIDEND (pence) ASHMORE 4.55 BREWIN DOLPHIN 6.25 DOMINO PRINTING 14.76 GENUS 6.10 HAYS 0.87 KENNEDY WILSON EUROPE REAL ESTATE 7.00 KIER GROUP 24.00 OXFORD INSTRUMENTS 3.70 PERSONAL ASSETS TRUST 140.00 RENISHAW 12.50 REDROW 2.00 ST MODWEN PROPERTIES 3.14 (Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta)

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    The U.S. dollar surged in Europe Monday close to an 11- year high against a number of major currencies, boosted by Beijing's decision over the weekend to cut interest rates for the second time in less than four months, in a further sign of global monetary policy divergence. The dollar added around a quarter of a percentage point against both the euro and sterling in early trade, while the dollar index-- which measures the greenback's strength against a bucket of major currencies--...

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    * Europe shares dip off lows as Vivendi weighs. * China rate cut helps lift Asian equities, gold. * U.S. stocks seen opening modestly higher. * Dollar dips from 11-year peak vs basket. By Nigel Stephenson. European shares slipped from seven-year highs on Monday, weighed down by merger activity in the telecoms sector, while Asian stocks edged up after China cut interest rates at the weekend.

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    Asian markets gain broadly, with Japan stocks hit a 15- year high again. HONG KONG-- Hong Kong and Shanghai stocks advanced Monday, after China's central bank lowered interest rates over the weekend, while two separate gauges of China's manufacturing activity both showed gains in February. The Hang Seng Index finished up 0.3%, and the Shanghai Composite Index moved 0.8% higher.

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    * Dollar hits 11-year high vs basket of currencies. * Jumps to 2-year high vs China's yuan after rate cut. * All eyes on euro as ECB prepares to launch quantitative easing. * Aussie central bank seen cutting rates on Tuesday. By Patrick Graham.

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    Japanese government bonds edged down on Monday as investors prepared for the following day's monthly auction of 10-year JGBs, with the Bank of Japan's bond-buying operations providing some support to the market.

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    * FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.2 pct, sets fresh 7-year high. * Altice, Numericable surge after Vivendi sells stake. * Telecom Italia also boosted by Orange speculation. By Francesco Canepa. Europe's top European indexes made fresh multi-year highs on Monday as a boost from merger activity in the telecoms sector more than offset falls in media group Vivendi.

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    European shares kicked off March on a flat note on Monday, with a boost from merger activity in the telecoms sector offset by falls in media group Vivendi . The French media group said on Friday it had agreed to sell its remaining stake in telecoms company Numericable-SFR to Altice at 40 euros per share - well below Numericable-SFR's share price of 55.40 euros on Friday.

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    BANGKOK, March 2 (Reuters) - Indonesia's stock index hit an all-time high on Monday amid selective buying in banking and consumer shares, while dividend- yielding stocks outperformed in other Southeast Asian markets. The Jakarta composite index was up 0.3 percent at 5,468.68 after climbing to its record high of 5,473.89, with shares of retailer Matahari Putra Prima (PMHRF), Bank Central Asia and Astra International (PTAIF) actively traded. Broker Trimegah Securities said February inflation data was supportive to sectors such as bank and auto. "A deflation would be positive for interest rate-sensitive sectors," it said in a report. Indonesia's annual inflation in February eased more than expected to 6.29 percent, due to falling prices of fuel and chillies, data released by the statistics bureau showed early on Monday. Bangkok's SET index was down 0.2 percent in mixed trading after earnings and dividend reports. Shares of electronics parts maker SVI snapped a two-session winning streak after a dividend suspension, while telecoms firm Jasmine International (JASMY) gained 1.1 percent on strong dividend payouts. Thailand will release February inflation data later in the day. The consumer price index for the month is expected to show a fall of 0.33 percent from year-ago levels, following a 0.41 percent drop in January, a Reuters poll showed. The Philippine main index traded a tad higher after modest loss earlier in the day, Malaysia's index fell after two sessions of gains and Singapore's Straits Times Index headed for a third straight fall. Bucking the trend, shares of Singapore-listed Thai Beverage Pcl jumped 2.1 percent. OCBC Investment Research upgraded the stock to 'buy', citing an attractive 2014 dividend payment. Vietnam's benchmark VN Index was down 0.6 percent amid lack of buying support from foreign investors. For Asian Companies click; For South East Asia Hot Stock reports, click; SOUTHEAST ASIAN STOCK MARKETS Change at 0711 GMT Market Current Prev Close Pct Move Singapore 3400.45 3402.86 -0.07 Kuala Lumpur 1817.55 1821.21 -0.20 Bangkok 1583.48 1587.01 -0.22 Jakarta 5468.68 5450.29 +0.34 Manila 7739.39 7730.57 +0.11 Ho Chi Minh 588.76 592.57 -0.64 (Reporting by Viparat Jantraprap; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

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    The following Spanish stocks may be affected by newspaper reports and other factors on Monday. ABERTIS. Spain's Abertis said on Monday has agreed to buy 90 percent of Italian company Wind's unit Galata. IBERDROLA (IBDSF). IBERDROLA (IBDSF) said on Monday its unit Iberdrola Energia will sell stake in Brazilian energy distributors Coelba and Cosern to Neoenergia. INDRA.

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    Germany's DAX top-30 index was set to open 0.1 percent lower on Monday, according to premarket data from brokerage Lang & Schwarz at 0707 GMT. The following are some of the factors that may move German stocks: GLOBAL ECONOMY.

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    Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down by 7 to 13 points, or 0.2 percent lower on Monday, according to financial bookmakers. * The UK blue chip index closed flat at 6,946.66 points on Friday, settling back after having touched a record intraday high of 6,967.24 points.