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EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil stocks slammed after Petrobras CEO axed

May 24 (Reuters) - Brazil's benchmark index led losses on Tuesday as shares of state-run oil company Petrobras tumbled on the ouster of its chief executive over fuel pricing, while currencies declined amid broader selloff in global markets as risk sentiment soured. The Bovespa index .BVSPfell 1.6%, dragged lower by a 4% drop in Petrobras PETR4.SA, after the government made clear its aim to change a fuel pricing policy after the ouster of the company's chief executive for the second time in two months. Adding to concerns, data showed consumer prices in Brazil rose more than expected in the month to mid-May marking the sharpest jump for the period in six years as the South American country grapples with galloping inflation. The MSCI's index of Latam currencies .MILA00000CUS declined 0.7%, with the Brazilian real BRBY, BRL=reversing early gains to fall 0.6%. "We are reaching close to the limit of where we can see interest rates moving in the likes of Brazil, but, of course the higher inflation numbers today in Brazil do pose a risk that we'll see the Selic rise above previous expectations," said Christian Lawrence, senior market strategist at Rabobank. The Mexican peso MXN= edged lower against the dollar after data showed consumer prices fell 0.06% during the first half of May. Colombia's peso COP= inched up 0.2% as a recovery in crude prices supported the oil producing country's currency. O/R Markets focused on a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell scheduled later in the day, with investors looking for any fresh comments about the path of future interest rate hikes in the U.S. The Chilean peso CLP= fell 0.5%, tracking lower copper prices on fears of slowing global economic growth. MET/L The Andean country is expected to hike its benchmark interest rate to 9% in June, a central bank poll of traders suggested, as it battles to rein in high inflation. Argentine peso bills, devalued by years of inflation now soaring near 60%, are starting to cause a literal strain on wallets - with the largest banknote in circulation worth under $5 in commonly used exchange markets. The peso ARS=RASL fell 0.1% against dollar. Elsewhere, the Central Bank of Nigeria unexpectedly raised its benchmark interest rate to 13% from 11.5%. Russian rouble RUBUTSTN=MCX strengthened in onshore trading to levels not seen since March 2018 against the dollar, boosted by export-focused companies selling foreign currency to pay taxes. RU/RUB Key Latin American stock indexes and currencies at 1507 GMT: Stock indexes Daily % change MSCI Emerging Markets .MSCIEF 1015.66 MSCI LatAm .MILA00000PUS 2364.48 Brazil Bovespa .BVSP Mexico IPC .MXX Chile IPSA .SPIPSA Argentina MerVal .MERV Currencies Daily % change Mexico peso MXN=D2 Chile peso CLP=CL Colombia peso COP= Peru sol PEN=PE Argentina peso (interbank) ARS=RASL Argentina peso (parallel) ARSB= (Reporting by Bansari Mayur Kamdar and Shreyashi Sanyal in Bengaluru) The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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