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Global X Brazil Consumer ETF (BRAQ)

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  • Sep. 2, 2014, 9:47 AM
    • The HSBC Brazil PMI improved to 50.2 in August from 49.1 in July, "consistent with a fractional improvement in business conditions."
    • HSBC's chief Brazil economist Andre Loes suggests the August gain may have been a rebound following the economic disruption caused by the World Cup. It's the first reading in expansion territory since March.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRXX, EWZS, BRAQ, BRZU, BRAZ, BZQ, BRAF, UBR, BRZS, DBBR, FBZ
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  • Aug. 20, 2014, 3:19 PM
    • For the second time in three weeks, the Central Bank of Brazil injects billions into the banking system as the government grasps for ways to boost the slumping economy ahead of October elections.
    • "It is hoped that the measures will improve small businesses’ access to credit and strengthen foreign trade,” says the bank.
    • Analysts doubt the moves will do a whole lot as the issue, they say, isn't liquidity in the system - there's plenty of that - but that banks are unwilling to lend and borrowers are reluctant to borrow. "No one knows who is going to be president so if you are a businessman why not just wait until November," says Nomura economist Tony Volpon.
    • The Bovespa is ahead 0.5% today.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRXX, EWZS, BRAQ, BRZU, BRAZ, BZQ, BRAF, UBR, BRZS, DBBR, FBZ
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  • Aug. 13, 2014, 11:59 AM
    • A private jet carrying Eduardo Campos has crashed, with local TV reporting the presidential candidate was killed.
    • Up earlier in the session, the Bovespa is now lower by 1.3%.
    • Campos was running third in the polls with less than 10%, but his exit from the race is likely to boost current President Rousseff's chances of re-election. Brazilian stocks have been among the strongest globally this year amid optimism Rousseff would fall to her more business-friendly challenger Aecio Neves.
    • EWZ -1.1%. VALE -1.8%, PBR -1.7%
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRXX, EWZS, BRAQ, BRZU, BRAZ, BZQ, BRAF, UBR, BRZS, DBBR, FBZ
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  • Aug. 12, 2014, 2:29 AM
    • The EU is planning to hold talks with Latin American countries to dissuade them of becoming the replacement for Europe’s banned agricultural exports to Russia.
    • EU officials have stated goals of "seeking...a united international front on Ukraine" and to talk to countries that would potentially replace EU exports "to indicate that we would expect them not to profit unfairly from the current situation."
    • Russia has already been courting Latin America for alternative supplies. Brazil has authorized about 90 new meat plants to immediately start exporting chicken, beef and pork to Russia, while Chile is expected to be the replacement for Russia’s embargo on European fish.
    • ETFs: EWZ, RSX, ECH, RUSL, RSXJ, ERUS, RUSS, EU, RBL, BRAQ, BRZU, GUR, BZQ, ESR, UBR, BRZS, DBBR, RUDR, FBZ
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  • Jul. 8, 2014, 3:03 AM
    • A Samsung Electronics (SSNLF) factory in Brazil was robbed yesterday, after 20 thieves stole $6.4M of cellphones, tablets and other products. The company is hoping that insurance will minimize the cost incurred from the stolen inventory.
    • The heist is also a setback for Brazil, which has been trying for years to draw more electronics makers to do business in the country. Besides for the high employment costs and taxes in Brazil, added security concerns can now have some manufacturers thinking twice.
    • ETFs: BRXX, BRAQ
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  • Jun. 30, 2014, 10:46 AM
    • The central bank's weekly survey of 100 economists finds them cutting their GDP growth estimate this year to 1.1% from 1.16%, and the 2015 outlook to 1.5% from 1.6%. It's the fifth straight reduction in 2014 prospects and the sixth straight for 2015.
    • At the same time, inflation forecasts remain locked in at 6.46% this year and 6.1% in 2015.
    • The benchmark Selic interest rate is still expected to be 11% at the end of this year and 12% at the end of 2015 (it's 11% currently).
    • One of the globe's hot performers from February through mid-June (as markets anticipated the end of central bank rate hikes), the Bovespa has taken a little bit of a breather since the World Cup got underway. EWZ -0.6% in morning action.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRXX, EWZS, BRAQ, BRZU, BRAZ, BZQ, BRAF, UBR, BRZS, DBBR, FBZ
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  • Jun. 6, 2014, 10:53 AM
    • The Bovespa has its tail in the air to the tune of 2.6% after another dip in support for President Dilma Rousseff to 34% from 37%.
    • Opposition candidates, however, also saw their support drop, bringing the number of voters without a preferred candidate to its highest pre-election percentage in 25 years. Still, the opposition combined is now polling higher than the president
    • EWZ +3.4%, and the banks: ITUB +4.4%, BSBR +1.9%, BBD +4.5%
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRXX, BRAQ, BRZU, BZQ, BRAF, UBR, BRZS, DBBR, FBZ
    | 15 Comments
  • Jun. 2, 2014, 9:52 AM
    • May's 48.8 slides from 49.3 in April, and marks the 2nd consecutive month in contraction territory for the Manufacturing PMI.
    • Investment goods was the worst-performing category, and the drop in production was the largest decline in more than two-and-a-half years . "Anecdotal evidence highlighted an increasingly difficult economic climate."
    • The Bovespa is up 1% in early action, with buyers perhaps cheered by more news arguing for easier monetary policy.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRXX, EWZS, BRAQ, BRZU, BRAZ, BZQ, BRAF, UBR, BRZS, DBBR, FBZ
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  • May. 28, 2014, 8:43 AM
    • Buy Brazil, says Goldman, predicting that country's soccer team will win the World Cup and noting the victorious country's stock market historically outperforms global equities by 3.5% in the first month after the win.
    • "Enjoy the gains while they last," though, says Goldman's Peter Oppenheimer, noting the outperformance quickly fades.
    • The Bovespa has fallen 7% Y/Y, though it's been one of the stronger equity markets globally over the past two-three months. The matches begin on June 12.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRXX, EWZS, BRAQ, BRZU, BRAZ, BZQ, BRAF, UBR, BRZS, DBBR, FBZ
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  • May. 12, 2014, 2:32 PM
    • Brazil's on the move higher again, up 1.6% on the session, helped by release of a central bank survey showing economists cutting their inflation forecast 11 basis points to 6.39% while hiking their GDP growth estimates six bps to an average 1.69%. The central bank has hiked rates for nine straight meetings, bringing the benchmark Selic rate to 11%, and the hope is May will see a pause in the cycle.
    • Also at work in the rally are hopes President Rousseff may not gain reelection in the fall, but JPMorgan isn't so sure. "We believe May will show stability in the polls ... the President will have her own TV appearances, which together with the announcements on higher social spending on Labor Day, should stabilize her ratings, while the opposition will have limited room to make the news cycle."
    • EWZ is up about 25% since mid-March.
    • Morgan Stanley continues to fight the tape, remaining underweight the country amid what it expects will be slowing growth, continued upward pressure on rates, and more weakness in the real. The team notes it's not seeing the quick narrowing in the current account deficit associated with big rallies in Indonesia and India.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRXX, EWZS, BRAQ, BRZU, BRAZ, BZQ, BRAF, UBR, BRZS, DBBR, FBZ
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  • May. 5, 2014, 12:26 PM
    • Leading off the 2014 Ira Sohn conference, Fortress Investment Group's (FIG -0.8%) Mike Novogratz says it's a pretty challenging macro environment without many great themes. One he does like though, is Brazil, where - after four tough years - business confidence is low, consumers are levered up, the government is fiscally stretched, and inflation is high ... "It's so bad, it's good."
    • One caveat would be the fall re-election of Dilma Rousseff, he says, and the country is in for a "long, long dark period" if she pulls it off (her numbers though, seem to be sliding on a near-daily basis).
    • Perhaps anticipating a Rousseff defeat, not to mention the end of a long rate-hike cycle, the Bovespa has been maybe the strongest reasonably-sized market on the planet of late, up almost 20% since mid-March.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRXX, EWZS, BRAQ, BRAZ, BRZU, BZQ, BRAF, UBR, BRZS, DBBR, FBZ
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  • May. 2, 2014, 12:35 PM
    • The country's manufacturing PMI fell into contraction territory in April - 49.3 from 50.6 previously, but what's really got the bulls excited is a sharp decline in both input and output prices.
    • With Brazil's central already indicating it's nearing the end of its rate hike cycle, the news - especially if confirmed by CPI data coming next Friday - could be the final straw pushing the bank to remain on hold at the end of this month.
    • Also giving energy to the bulls is the continued slide in poll numbers for President Dilma Rousseff, who faces an October election. She's down to 37% from 43.7% in February.
    • The Bovespa is ahead another 1.7% today. EWZ +2.4%
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRXX, EWZS, BRAQ, BRAZ, BRZU, BZQ, BRAF, UBR, BRZS, DBBR, FBZ
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  • Apr. 24, 2014, 11:28 AM
    • The real rises to its strongest level vs. the dollar since October amid a published report that Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff may replace finance minister Guido Mantega with central bank chief Alexandre Tombini.
    • First up for Rousseff though, will be winning reelection in October.
    • Tombini has led a series of rate hikes over the past year, but recently signaled a pause could soon be coming. Looking ahead to easier monetary policy, Brazil's previously beaten down stock market has been one of the globe's strongest performers over the past couple of months.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRXX, EWZS, BRAQ, BRAZ, BRZU, BZQ, BRAF, UBR, BRZS, DBBR, FBZ
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  • Apr. 4, 2014, 12:50 PM
    • With the Nasdaq and Russell 2000 each off 2% and the S&P 500 down 0.6%, what's working today? Emerging markets (EEM +0.7%), particularly Latin America (ILF +2.2%), particularly Brazil, where the weight of a year-long rate hike cycle looks to be coming to a close just as monetary tightening gets underway in the States.
    • Up 2.6% today, the iShares MSCI Brazil Index (EWZ) is ahead more than 20% since the start of February.
    • Brazil's banks: Banco Bradesco (BBD +2.8%), Banco Santander Brasil (BSBR +2.9%), Itau Unibanco (ITUB +2%).
    • Brazil ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRXX, EWZS, BRAQ, BRAZ, BZQ, BRZU, BRAF, UBR, BRZS, DBBR, FBZ
    • LatAm ETFs: AND, ILF, LBJ, GML, LATM, EEML, FLN
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  • Apr. 2, 2014, 10:32 PM
    • Brazil's central bank - as expected - boosts the benchmark Selic rate by 25 basis points to 11%, but hints an end to the rate hike cycle is nearing. "There will probably be another increase at the next meeting, if there's no surprise, but the continuity of the cycle beyond that is unlikely," say economists at Banco Fator.
    • The central bank began its rate hike cycle about one year ago amid persistently high inflation, and with the Selic then at 7.25%. Unsurprisingly amid the tighter policy, the Brazilian stock market has been one of the poorer performers among major markets during this time.  Perhaps anticipating the end of rate boosts, the Bovespa logged sharp gains over the past few weeks. The iShares MSCI Brazil Index ETF (EWZ) is up more than 20% since early February.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRXX, EWZS, BRAQ, BRAZ, BZQ, BRZU, BRAF, UBR, BRZS, DBBR, FBZ
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  • Mar. 27, 2014, 2:44 PM
    • A sharp boost in the central bank's inflation forecast - suggesting the rate hike cycle will continue - isn't enough to halt the big rally in Brazilian stocks, with the Bovespa's 3.2% gain today putting the index higher by nearly 15% over the last two weeks.
    • The central bank now sees inflation of 6.1% this year, 50 basis points higher than its previous estimate. The 2015 inflation forecast is lifted to 5.5% from 5.4%. Both guesses are well above the 4.5% inflation target. The benchmark Selic rate has been raised 350 bps since April to 10.75%, and watchers are calling for another 25-50 bps next week and maybe another boost in May.
    • EWZ +4.4%
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRXX, EWZS, BRAQ, BRAZ, BZQ, BRZU, BRAF, UBR, BRZS, DBBR, FBZ
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The Global X Brazil Consumer ETF seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Solactive Brazil Consumer Index.
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