Responding to percolating inflation even amid lame economic growth, Brazil's central bank hikes...

|By:, SA News Editor

Responding to percolating inflation even amid lame economic growth, Brazil's central bank hikes its benchmark rate for the first time in nearly 2 years, lifting the Selic 25 bps to 7.5%. The poor Bovespa - the bank's recently-completed rate-cutting cycle failed to do much for Brazilian stocks, and now it's back to tightening again. EWZ -31.9% over the last 2 years.