* Televisa soars over 30%, set for best day in two decades * Mexican shares jump 1.6%, peso hits two-month high * Brazil's Senate launches probe into COVID-19 outbreak (Updates prices) By Susan Mathew April 14 (Reuters) - Mexican shares led a rally on Latin American stock exchanges on Wednesday as broadcaster Grupo Televisa surged more than 20% on its plans to merge with U.S. company Univision, creating a Spanish-language challenge to streaming giant Netflix Inc Latin American currencies, meanwhile, followed broader emerging market peers into the black as the dollar slipped on falling U.S. Treasury yields. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said in remarks at the Economic Club of Washington that it was highly unlikely the U.S. central bank would raise interest rates before the end of 2022.
* Televisa soars over 30%, set for best day ever * Mexican shares jump over 1%, peso hits two-month high * Brazil Senate launches probe into handling of COVID-19 outbreak By Susan Mathew April 14 (Reuters) - Latin American currencies followed broader emerging market peers into the black on Wednesday as the dollar slipped on falling U.S. Treasury yields, while broadcaster Grupo Televisa's surge lifted Mexico's main stock index more than 1%. Brazil's real rose 0.6%, erasing early losses of up to 0.3%. In practice, the inquiry is a political headache for President Jair Bolsonaro, who is already facing record disapproval amid Brazil's worst coronavirus wave.
* Ecuador bonds hit 7-month high * Guillermo Lasso wins presidential runoff in Ecuador * Peruvian sol ends flat as cenbank intervenes to stop slide * Far-left Peruvian presidential candidate set to win first round (Updates prices, adds comment) By Susan Mathew April 12 (Reuters) - Bonds in Ecuador rallied to a seven month high on Monday after banker Guillermo Lasso pulled off a surprise win in Sunday's presidential runoff against socialist economist Andres Arauz, while central bank intervention cushioned Peru's sol. The sol and Peruvian stocks had tumbled earlier in the session after a far-left candidate, Pedro Castillo, won the first round of Peru's presidential election on Sunday.