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  • Oct. 15, 2015, 12:47 PM
    • Brazil’s sovereign credit rating is downgraded to BBB- from BBB by Fitch Ratings, leaving the country just one notch above junk status.
    • Fitch says the downgrade reflects Brazil's "rising government debt burden, increased challenges to fiscal consolidation and a worsening economic growth backdrop."
    • The rating agency leaves a negative outlook on its new rating, suggesting it eventually could become the second major rating agency to downgrade Brazil to junk; S&P cut the country's debt rating to junk last month.
    • Among top Brazil stocks traded in the U.S.: PBR -2.9%, VALE -0.6%, ERJ +0.5%, GGB -0.6%, BSBR -0.3%, BBD -2.2%, ITUB -2.9%.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, EWZS, BRXX, BRAQ, BZQ, BRAZ, BRAF, UBR, DBBR, FBZ
    | Oct. 15, 2015, 12:47 PM | 14 Comments
  • Oct. 8, 2015, 2:37 AM
    • Deepening the country's political and economic crisis, Brazil's Federal Accounts Court has ruled President Dilma Rousseff manipulated government budget figures in 2014, just a day after the nation's highest court permitted a lawsuit to annul last year's presidential election.
    • The move paves the way for a potential impeachment against the embattled leader, although any ouster would likely take months and has no guarantee of succeeding.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, BZF, EWZS, BRXX, BRAQ, BZQ, BRAZ, BRAF, UBR, DBBR, FBZ
    | Oct. 8, 2015, 2:37 AM
  • Oct. 7, 2015, 10:11 AM
    • Commodity-related names are soaring as the prices for things pulled from the earth jump and Morgan Stanley says now's the time to buy the brutally beaten-down sector.
    • Brazil's Petrobas (PBR +9.9%) and Vale (VALE +9.6%) are partaking, as are the country's lenders like Banco Santander Brasil (BSBR +9%), Banco Bradesco (BBD +6.1%), and Itau Unibanco (ITUB +5.2%).
    • The iShares MSCI Brazil Index ETF (EWZ +4.1%)
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, EWZS, BRXX, BRAQ, BZQ, BRAZ, BRAF, UBR, DBBR, FBZ
    | Oct. 7, 2015, 10:11 AM | 5 Comments
  • Oct. 6, 2015, 10:31 AM
    • As expected, the IMF trims its outlook for global GDP growth for both this year and next. The agency expects growth of 3.1% in 2015 and 3.6% next year, both twenty basis points lower than the previous forecast. Growth was 3.4% in 2014.
    • While growth in developing economies is expected to rise, it's slowing action in emerging markets - from 4.6% last year to 4% this year - leading the decline.
    • China GDP growth is still expected to slip to 6.8% this year and 6.3% next year from 7.3% in 2014. It's Brazil, however, which got the big revisions - negative 3% in 2015 (down 150 bps from previous) and negative 1% in 2016 (down 170 bps from previous).
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, EWZS, BRXX, BRAQ, BZQ, BRAZ, BRAF, UBR, DBBR, FBZ
    | Oct. 6, 2015, 10:31 AM
  • Oct. 2, 2015, 4:32 AM
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  • Sep. 25, 2015, 4:06 AM
    • The real enjoyed a massive rally on Thursday after the governor of Brazil's central bank vowed to use "all instruments" available to policymakers to stem the currency's recent slide.
    • Busting a five-day losing streak, the real rallied as much as 7% intraday, its biggest gain since November 2008.
    • On Wednesday, the bank announced plans to auction $2B worth of currency swaps over two days - restarting a program that was scrapped earlier this year.
    • Previously: Brazil gives the real a boost (Sep. 24 2015)
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, BZF, EWZS, BRXX, BRAQ, BZQ, BRAZ, BRAF, UBR, DBBR, FBZ
    | Sep. 25, 2015, 4:06 AM | 2 Comments
  • Sep. 24, 2015, 2:48 AM
    • Brazil's central bank intervened to try to calm the country's volatile forex market yesterday, using currency-swap contracts and auctions of dollar-repurchase agreements to prop up the real.
    • Over the past year, the currency has lost about 70% of its value against the dollar due to a struggling economy and corruption scandal at Petrobras that may see the state intervene with a bailout.
    • Brazil's sovereign credit rating was also dinged earlier this month after Standard & Poor's downgraded it to junk status.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, BZF, EWZS, BRXX, BRAQ, BZQ, BRAZ, BRAF, UBR, DBBR, FBZ
    | Sep. 24, 2015, 2:48 AM | 3 Comments
  • Sep. 10, 2015, 5:34 PM
    • Petrobras (NYSE:PBR) is downgraded to junk status with a negative outlook by Standard & Poor's, a day after cutting Brazil’s sovereign debt to junk.
    • The ratings agency cuts the state-run company's credit ratings by two notches, to BB from BBB-, joining Moody’s in moving PBR to junk; Fitch classifies PBR at the lowest investment grade with a negative outlook.
    • S&P also downgrades ~30 other Brazilian state companies, including electric utility Eletrobras (NYSE:EBR), which is lowered to BBB-; ratings and outlooks for Vale (NYSE:VALE), Embraer (NYSE:ERJ) and Gerdau (NYSE:GGB) are not changed.
    • Earlier: Petrobras' investment plans at risk from S&P downgrade
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, EWZS, BRXX, BRAQ, BZQ, BRAZ, BRAF, UBR, DBBR, FBZ
    | Sep. 10, 2015, 5:34 PM | 7 Comments
  • Sep. 10, 2015, 9:21 AM
    • The Bovespa is down 2.2% and the real off 2.9% to 3.8944 per dollar after S&P last night downgraded Brazil's credit rating to the junk level for the first time since 2008.
    • "The first reaction will be to sell, but there’s hope that this is the shock the politicians need to take action," says fund manager Paul McNamara, figuring the real will slide below four per dollar "sooner rather than later."
    • EWZ -3.6% premarket
    • Individual names: Petrobas (NYSE:PBR) -6.3%, Banco Bradesco (NYSE:BBD-4.4%, Itau Unibanco (NYSE:ITUB) -4.8%, Banco Santander Brasil (NYSE:BSBR-3.9%.
    • Previously: S&P lowers troubled Brazil's rating to junk (Sept. 9)
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, EWZS, BRXX, BRAQ, BZQ, BRAZ, BRAF, UBR, DBBR, FBZ
    | Sep. 10, 2015, 9:21 AM | 9 Comments
  • Sep. 4, 2015, 4:11 PM
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  • Sep. 3, 2015, 2:28 AM
    • Brazil's two-decade rule over the the Latin American stock markets is continuing to dwindle as the nation's recession and political crisis deepen and its currency plunges.
    • At one point a few years ago, Brazil's market was four times larger than nearest rival Mexico, but that gap, once as much as $1.1T, is now down to just $133B.
    • Regression analyses of the current pace of declines indicate Brazil's lead could disappear over the next 13 months.
    • ETFs: EWZ, EWW, MXF, BRF, BRZU, EWZS, BRXX, BRAQ, BZQ, MXE, BRAZ, BRAF, UBR, DBBR, UMX, DBMX, FBZ, SMK, QMEX, HEWW
    | Sep. 3, 2015, 2:28 AM
  • Aug. 31, 2015, 1:04 PM
    • The latest from the high-level corruption scandal has the U.K Rolls-Royce being dragged in, with the company saying it's cooperating with investigators over bribery in Brazil's state oil business.
    • The Bovespa's 1.9% decline today is being led by banks Itau Unibanco (ITUB -5.2%), Banco Bradesco (BBD -5.9%), and Banco Santander Brasil (BSBR -3.2%).
    • Petrobas (PBR +1%) and Vale (VALE +1.2%) are actually hanging in there this session.
    • The iShares MSCI Brazil Index ETF (EWZ -3.3%)
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, EWZS, BRXX, BRAQ, BZQ, BRAZ, BRAF, UBR, DBBR, FBZ
    | Aug. 31, 2015, 1:04 PM
  • Aug. 28, 2015, 10:01 AM
    • Brazil's economy shrank 1.9% in Q2, missing forecasts for negative 1.7%. Investment fell 8.1% - its eight straight quarter of decline and the longest streak since the current data series started in 1996. Household consumption dropped 2.1%, its worse decline since 2001. Government spending rose 0.7%. The year-over-year inflation rate was 9%.
    • "The drop in consumption shows the crisis of confidence the economy is facing," says an economist. "This is going to be an intense and prolonged recession and I don't see a recovery this year."
    • The lame economic activity could spell doom for Brazil's credit rating - currently just above junk status.
    • The Bovespa is lower by 0.4%. EWZ -1.15%
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, EWZS, BRXX, BRAQ, BZQ, BRAZ, BRAF, UBR, DBBR, FBZ
    | Aug. 28, 2015, 10:01 AM | 3 Comments
  • Aug. 24, 2015, 8:08 PM
    • Economists in Brazil forecast inflation will accelerate to a 5.50% rate in 2016 and GDP will fall 0.24%.
    • The revised outlook marks the third consecutive week the estimate for inflation has been raised, while the view on GDP has been trimmed amid a weak local currency.
    • Multinationals, including automakers and consumer products companies, banking on a pre-Olympics economic rush in Brazil have had to pull back expectations.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, BZF, EWZS, BRXX, BRAQ, BZQ, BRAZ, BRAF, UBR, DBBR, FBZ.
    | Aug. 24, 2015, 8:08 PM | 6 Comments
  • Aug. 20, 2015, 2:47 AM
    • Brazil's Senate has approved a bill to roll back corporate tax breaks, as President Dilma Rousseff's looks to reduce a gaping fiscal deficit and restore confidence in the face of record-low popularity ratings, a spreading corruption scandal and looming recession.
    • The measure will boost revenue by 10B reais ($2.9B) annually and aims to save Brazil's threatened investment grade credit rating.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, BZF, EWZS, BRXX, BRAQ, BZQ, BRAZ, BRAF, UBR, DBBR, FBZ
    | Aug. 20, 2015, 2:47 AM
  • Aug. 17, 2015, 4:13 AM
    • Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets on Sunday calling for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, although turnout appeared significantly lower than two massive protests staged earlier this year.
    • Demonstrators denounced widespread corruption among the country's political and business elites and called for the end of more than 12 years of Workers' Party rule.
    • Barely seven months into her second term, Rousseff has seen her approval rating drop to just 8%, while the Ibovespa stock index has plunged 10% over the same period
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, EWZS, BRXX, BRAQ, BZQ, BRAZ, BRAF, UBR, DBBR, FBZ
    | Aug. 17, 2015, 4:13 AM | 1 Comment
BRF Description
The Brazil Small-Cap ETF seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of the Market Vectors Brazil Small-Cap Index. The Index provides exposure to publicly traded small capitalization companies that are domiciled and primarily listed on an exchange in Brazil or that generate at least 50% of their revenues in Brazil. As such, the Fund is subject to the risks of investing in small cap stocks in this country.
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Country: Brazil
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