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iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (EWZ)

  • Mar. 2, 2012, 3:04 AM
    Brazil launches a new "currency war" against the U.S. and Europe, warning the government won't "sit by passively" as developed nations pursue expansionary monetary policies at Brazil's expense. In response, Brazil is extending a tax on foreign borrowings and threatening further capital controls, but analysts expect the measures to have limited impact.
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  • Mar. 1, 2012, 8:21 AM
    Brazil February PMI rises to 51.4 (50.6 previously), an 11-month high. The index measuring the stock of finished goods not only remains below 50, but fell in February, notes HSBC economist Andre Loes, suggesting the manufacturing improvement is something beyond just the inventory cycle.
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  • Feb. 29, 2012, 3:09 AM
    Bank lending in Brazil fell 0.2% last month, the first contraction in almost three years, while loan defaults rose for the first time in two months. Both underscore the abrupt slowdown in Latin America's largest economy, though seasonal factors also contributed to the weakness.
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  • Feb. 27, 2012, 7:45 AM
    Brazil's central bank president Tombini reiterates his commitment to continue cutting rates despite a survey showing current real rates are inconsistent with keeping inflation below the bank's 4.5% mandate. Tombini also says the bank will continue buying dollars to combat the real's rise, +9.2% YTD.
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  • Feb. 20, 2012, 9:58 AM
    Brazilian banks increased their provisions against bad debt by 21% last year to 115B reais ($67.3B). With pressure increasing on borrowers, Brazilian families are now spending about half of their incomes to service debt, with the highest default rates among so-called "Class A" consumers, higher-income individuals perceived as having the lowest risk of default.
  • Feb. 10, 2012, 3:10 PM
    Brazil's consumer prices rise 0.56% in January, the fastest pace in 9 months. The annualized rate slowed to 6.22%. "The economic slowdown didn't affect inflation ... there's strong inertia," says economist Solange Srour. Still, traders are maintaining bets of a 50 basis point cut in rates at the central bank's March meeting. EWZ -2.6%.
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  • Feb. 1, 2012, 10:59 AM
    Brazil January PMI rises to 50.6 from 49.1 in December, the first read above 50 since May. While the worst of the slowdown may be in the rear view mirror, HSBC economist Andre Loes cautions the number is only consistent with a sideways-moving economy. EWZ +2.2%.
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  • Jan. 31, 2012, 7:45 AM
    Brazil's December industrial production rises 0.9% against estimates for a 1% gain, still the largest jump since May and giving rise to hopes the country can reverse Q3's shrinkage in GDP.
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  • Jan. 27, 2012, 10:51 AM
    With Brazil's central banks apparently considering further interest rate declines after cutting to 10.5% last week, Brazilian stocks (EWZ) have far outperformed the U.S. S&P 500 (SPY) - +15.1% vs. +4.6% YTD - even on days with signs of investor profit-taking. Does this mean that global reflation expectations are on the way? (submitted by Michael Gayed)
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  • Jan. 19, 2012, 9:40 AM
    Defining overbought as being more than 5% above a 50-day moving average, Bespoke says 24% of tracked ETFs fit the bill. Leading the list is the homebuilders (XHB), more than 13% above its 50 day MA; Brazil (EWZ) leads the country ETFs, 8.2% above. A few more days of market gains and look for talk about the entire market being overbought.
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  • Jan. 17, 2012, 12:29 PM
    UBS's Jonathan Anderson notes - for the most part - a solid correlation between GDP growth in emerging markets and equity returns. Two outliers on the positive side - The Phillippines (EPHD) and Thailand (THD) - could continue to outperform, while 2 on the downside - Brazil (EWZ) and India (EPI) - both may have their growth slowdowns behind them.
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  • Jan. 3, 2012, 3:52 PM
    Brazil's 2011 trade surplus soars to nearly $30B, 25.7% more than 2010 and the highest level since 2007. China - with a voracious appetite for the raw materials Brazil is chock full of - was the main destination for the country's goods, followed by the U.S. The government expects a smaller surplus in 2012 as China slows and "currency wars" hurt the real's competitiveness.
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  • Jan. 3, 2012, 12:05 PM
    Brazil's December PMI rises to 49.1 from the previous month's 48.7. It's the 3rd consecutive monthly increase, and the strongest print in 7 months, "suggest(ing) the worst of the current economic downturn may indeed be behind us." says HSBC chief Brazil economist Andre Loes. EWZ +3.9%.
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  • Dec. 30, 2011, 7:42 AM
    Brazil's surging economy of the past few years owes a least a bit to its citizen's appetite for debt (and bank willingness to issue it), making bill collecting the latest boom industry there. The volume of credit has doubled to 50% of GDP in less than a decade, with 5.6% of the $1.1T total more than 90 days past due. Some Brazilian banks YTD: BBD -19%, BSBR -41%, ITUB -24%.
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  • Dec. 28, 2011, 3:20 PM
    The oil spill off of Brazil's coast might reveal more about politics in Brazil than failings with Chevron (CVX -1.5%), according to The Economist. While politicians spend time dickering over how to split exploration royalties and demonizing Chevron over a relatively small spill, they risk seeing foreign companies pull out and losing their status as an oil major.
  • Dec. 27, 2011, 4:00 AM
    The U.K. loses its spot as sixth-largest economy to Brazil, says the Center for Economics and Business Research, as the resource-rich South American economy has surged on exports to China. The latest CEBR forecasts revise global growth down to +2.5% in 2012, though the figure could fall to +1.1% should "one or more countries” leave the euro.
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