* Hungary's forint firm after unexpectedly bigger rate hike * IMF lowers Brazil, Mexico economic growth forecasts By Susan Mathew and Anisha Sircar Jan 25 (Reuters) - Most emerging market currencies weakened on Tuesday as the Ukraine crisis and anxiety around U.S. monetary policy sent investors fleeing to the safety of the dollar, while Hungary's forint rallied after a larger-than-expected interest rate hike. Hungary's forint gave up session losses to rise 0.4% against the euro after the country's central bank raised its base rate by 50 basis points to 2.9%, the highest in eight years, to fight inflation which is forecast to be at its highest level in a decade this year.
* Russian stocks slide 7%, rouble at 14-month lows * Central and eastern European stocks, FX drop sharply By Susan Mathew Jan 24 (Reuters) - Russia's rouble dived past 79 a dollar on Monday, stocks sank 7%, and emerging markets in Europe, Middle East and Africa dropped sharply as worries that Moscow could invade Ukraine gripped the West. The rouble, which began the year at around 74 per greenback, slid almost 2% to 14-month lows and Ukraine's hryvnia moved closer to more than one-year lows, as the European Union readied "never-seen-before" sanctions and the NATO beefed up its reinforcements to eastern Europe.
* Ukraine cenbank hikes by 100 bps to 10% * JPM sees Turkey cenbank staying on hold, GS sees hikes * Brazil's real jumps 1% as iron ore cheers China policy easing By Susan Mathew Jan 20 (Reuters) - Most Latin American currencies firmed on Thursday, in line with broader emerging market peers as U.S. Treasury yields paused after a surge, while currencies of Russia and Ukraine bucked the trend on heightened worries over a possible military conflict. Thursday also saw central bank decisions from several emerging economies: China eased its policy further to spur economic growth, Indonesia, Malaysia and Turkey held their key rates steady, while Sri Lanka and Ukraine hiked.