* Mexican peso at below 20 per dollar for first time since March * Peru preps century bond issue * MSCI Latam stocks index up over 7% in last two weeks (Adds details, updates prices) By Sruthi Shankar and Ambar Warrick Nov 23 (Reuters) - Latin American stocks rose on Monday, while currencies retreated from initial gains as progress towards a coronavirus vaccine bolstered hopes for economic activity to return to pre-pandemic levels. Bourses in Brazil, Chile and Mexico rose between 0.8% to 1.4%, tracking a rally in global equities after AstraZeneca said its COVID-19 vaccine, cheaper to make, easier to distribute and faster to scale-up than its rivals, could be as much as 90% effective.
* Brazil GDP growth next year could top 4% - economy minister * Mexico's peso set to snap two-day losing streak * Regional stocks fall as broader EM retreats (Adds details, updates prices) By Shriya Ramakrishnan and Ambar Warrick Nov 19 (Reuters) - Mexico's peso and Brazil's real led gains across Latin America on Thursday amid hopes of a swift post-pandemic recovery in the region's two largest economies, while most other units eased as excitement over a vaccine cooled with a surge in global infections. Mexico's peso strengthened 1.1% and was set to snap a two-day losing streak, having benefited from the central bank recently signalling a pause to a rate-cutting cycle. Mexico earlier this week completed a debt refinancing operation worth $6.6 billion in international markets, including a heavily over-subscribed bond offer.
* Brazil govt sees 2020 GDP falling less than previously expected * Peru names Francisco Sagasti as interim president * Chile stocks down more than 1% By Shriya Ramakrishnan Nov 17 (Reuters) - Brazil's real gained on Tuesday as an improved outlook for growth in Latin America's largest economy boosted risk appetite, while most other regional currencies weakened on concerns about the economic damage of the pandemic. The real strengthened 0.7% to the dollar, pushing MSCI's index for Latin American currencies up 0.3%. Brazil's economy ministry on Tuesday raised its 2020 economic growth forecast to a contraction of 4.5% from an earlier estimate of 4.7%, citing upward revisions to third quarter activity.