* Brazilian stocks also fall * Chile's peso helped by copper prices By Ambar Warrick Oct 19 (Reuters) - Brazil's real dropped close to six-month lows on Tuesday as government plans for more welfare raised concerns of stretched fiscal spending, while most other Latin American currencies recouped some recent losses as the dollar retreated. The real tumbled 0.6% to 5.5531 to the dollar, trading around levels last seen in April as the speaker of the lower house of Congress signaled he might be open to discuss the introduction of a welfare program that could break the country's spending ceiling. Reuters also reported that Brazil's government is considering combining COVID-19 pandemic relief payments and family welfare programs into a monthly stipend next year.
* Chile's peso sole gainer in Latin America * Iron ore weakness sends Brazil's real 1% lower * Brazil's Lojas Americanas surges ~21% on merger talks (Updates prices, adds JPM comment) By Ambar Warrick and Susan Mathew Oct 18 (Reuters) - Most Latin American currencies fell on Monday as concerns over slowing Chinese economic growth and rising inflation rattled sentiment, with Brazil's real falling the most as iron ore markets were dented by a coal shortage. The real dropped 1%, with coal shortages in China brewing concerns over demand for other steel-making materials including iron ore - a major export for Brazil.
* Peru's sol up more than 4% this week * Chile's peso hit by political uncertainty * Brazil inflation outlook in doubt By Ambar Warrick Oct 15 (Reuters) - Chile's peso slumped to a 15-month low on Friday as political uncertainty weighed, while Brazil's real rose after the central bank said inflation would likely peak this month. Peru's sol was the biggest gainer in Latin America this week, set for its best week in more than 30 years as a more moderate turn by President Pedro Castillo boosted investor optimism.