EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil stocks rise on TIM deal speculation; Mexico, Chile fall

Reuters

MEXICO CITY, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Brazilian stocks rose on

Wednesday, lifted by shares in Brazil's TIM Participações

which rose on reports that Telecom Italia

is considering selling its controlling stake in the Brazilian

company.

Shares in Brazil's second-largest wireless phone company

jumped 6.7 percent. Telecom Italia holds a 67 percent stake in

the company. The deal would aim to raise at least $12 billion,

according to the reports.

Despite ongoing concerns over negotiations surrounding the

U.S. debt ceiling, Latin American stocks were initially boosted

by news that U.S. President Barack Obama will nominate Janet

Yellen to run the Federal Reserve.

The U.S. Treasury is expected to exhaust its borrowing

capacity by Oct. 17, when it will have only about $30 billion

left in cash to honor its obligations.

While many investors expect U.S. lawmakers to reach a

last-minute agreement to lift the country's debt ceiling, others

preferred to be on the sidelines while the U.S. political

scenario remains unclear.

Concerns about an eventual tapering of the Fed's stimulus

program, coupled with weak economic growth in Brazil, are

expected to drive the Bovespa index to close 2013 at its lowest

level since the 2008 financial crisis, a Reuters poll showed on

Wednesday.

Mexico's IPC stock index was down 0.13 percent, led lower by

a 1.15 percent decline in shares of broadcaster Televisa

, while Chile's IPSA index fell 0.87 percent

thanks to a 1.78 percent decline in shares of energy company

Empresas Copec.

Latin America's key stock indexes at 2306 GMT:

Stock indexes daily % year-to-da

Latest change te %

change

MSCI LatAm 3,321.76 -0.26 -12.53

Brazil Bovespa 52,547.71 0.45 -13.79

Mexico IPC 39,866.17 -0.13 -8.79

Chile IPSA 3,776.53 -0.87 -12.20

Chile IGPA 18,629.96 -0.71 -11.58

Argentina MerVal 4,946.42 0.42 73.30

Colombia IGBC 14,098.55 -0.25 11.31

Peru IGRA 15,512.25 -0.25 -24.80

Venezuela IBC 1,768,297.13 1.7 275.09

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