By Aaron Saldanha March 15 (Reuters) – Latin American stock markets rose along with global peers on Friday, helped by optimism on the U.S.-China trade front, while currencies in Latin America firmed against a dollar softened by weaker than expected U.S. data. Risk appetite was boosted after a Xinhua report said officials from the United States and China, a key destination for Latin American resources exports, made substantive progress on trade. The dollar weakened as data showed U.S. manufacturing output fell in February, underscoring the Federal Reserve’s “patient” stance towards interest rate increases this year. MSCI’s index of Latin American stocks rose 0.7 percent, while its Latin American currencies index gained 0.1 percent. The show-stealer among currencies was Argentina’s peso , which firmed about

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