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After Rough Start, Downgrade, Brazil Now Beats Benchmark

Apr 2 2014, 3:56pm CDT | by

It was a tough start to 2014 for Brazil, but a recent sovereign credit downgrade and rising interest rates have not put a damper on the nation’s stock market. And thanks to Wednesday’s nice 2.4%...

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After Rough Start, Downgrade, Brazil Now Beats Benchmark

Apr 2 2014, 3:56pm CDT | by

It was a tough start to 2014 for Brazil, but a recent sovereign credit downgrade and rising interest rates have not put a damper on the nation’s stock market. And thanks to Wednesday’s nice 2.4% bounce, Brazil is the second best BRIC behind India and is firmly ahead of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index.

Either investors are building positions for a stronger second half, or they are in for a rude awakening.

The iShares MSCI Brazil (EWZ) exchange traded fund started the year on par with Russia as the two worst BRIC markets, both down 10.35% in January.  Year-to-date ending April 2 has EWZ up 3.5% while the MSCI Emerging Markets Index is down 0.54%.


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Judging by Wednesday’s industrial production data, a softer growth trend appears to be in the works.

IP growth for February slowed to 0.4% from January, following an upwardly revised print of 3.8% in January. With today’s report, the level of industrial production has finally recovered from the strong December drop. In year over year terms, the IP index expanded by 5.0%, slightly above consensus estimates and up from a 2.9% contraction in January. So far, IP in Brazil has improved 1.5% year-to-date.

All industrial categories slowed in February. The intermediate goods production sector rose by 0.8%, down from 1.6% in January. There was also a sharp slowdown of capital goods production to 0.1% from an impressive 13.3% growth in January and 13.3% growth in December.

Domestic demand is slowing, Barclays Capital analysts led by Marcelo Salomon in New York said today. Despite the stronger-than-expected fixed investment data from the fourth quarter, Salomon said he remains “very skeptical” the year-ending investment push by companies will spill over into 2014.

The overall growth outlook remains soft.

“Today’s IP report confirms that the robust January print was only a rebound from the strong drop in December, rather than the beginning of a solid growth trend,” Salomon said.

Moreover, the Central Bank is expected to raise the Selic by another 25 basis points to 11%.  The market is expecting this.  All eyes will be on the wording of the monetary policy committee’s meeting minutes for clues as to whether this ends the current tightening cycle that began in April 2013. Given a recent resurgence in food prices due to the worst summer drought in 50 years, the Economist Intelligence Unit said today that there was a “high probability” for interest rates to go higher in the months ahead.

 
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RM47mil KWSG contributions still unclaimed

Jun 9 2014 7:54am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: About RM47 million of contributions in the Teachers Provident Fund (KWSG) still remain unclaimed, the Dewan Rakyat was ...
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Jun 9 2014 3:50am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

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Motion to debate MAS losses in Dewan Rakyat rejected

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KUALA LUMPUR: AN emergency motion to debate the losses incurred by Malaysia Airlines last year, amounting to RM1.2 billion was rejected by the Dewan Rakyat ...
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MH370 Tragedy: Hisham: RM27.6 mil spent on 1st phase of SAR

Jun 9 2014 2:11am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia spent some RM27.6 million in its first phase of the search operations for missing Malaysia Airline flight MH370, said Acting Transport Minister, Dat ...
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7 weeks ago

9.1m litres of diesel seized in a month

Jun 8 2014 1:11am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives, and Consumerism ministry has seized some 9.1 million litres of diesel and property worth RM58 million since mounting ‘Operasi Diesel Selatan’ in the southern s ...
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7 weeks ago

Girl, 9, awarded RM2.78m compensation for medical negligence

Jun 6 2014 4:56am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: A nine-year-old girl who suffered brain damage during her birth at a government hospital was awarded over RM2.78 million in c ...
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7 weeks ago

Malaysia's total trade in April up 12pc

Jun 5 2014 11:52pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's total trade in April 2014 rose by 12 per cent from a year ago to RM123.86 billion due to growing trading activities, International Trade and Industr ...
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7 weeks ago

Works Ministry to spend RM20m for upgrading works at 50 accident black spots

Jun 4 2014 11:35pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

JOHOR BARU: The Works Ministry will implement upgrading works at 50 accident prone locations in the country that have been identified this year involving an allocation of RM20 mil ...
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8 weeks ago

Najib launches loan scheme for Ramadan traders

Jun 4 2014 10:24pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today launches RM45 million Ramadan ...
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8 weeks ago

Residents bring up objection against Kidex to Suhakam

Jun 4 2014 4:49am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PETALING JAYA: A group of 20 Petaling Jaya residents held a meeting with the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) over their objection against the proposed RM2.2 billion Kinrara Damansara Skyway (Kidex) ...
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