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The Rise of the “B” In the BRIC– Brazil Economy

Brazil as a country is known for having one of the best growing economies all over the world. Despite the reality of the world economic meltdown, the nation has continued to wax stronger economically. The Brazilian stock market has continued to impress many of the investors. A good number of local and foreign investors have actually built wealth by investing in the nation’s stock market.

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Brazil Stock Market and Economy

Actually, Brazil ranks as the 5th largest country in the world when viewed through the lens of geographical area. It also ranks as the 6th largest economy in the world. The nation is also endowed with lots of natural resources. It has ever growing gas and oil reserves. It’s also the world’s largest producer of coffee, tropical fruit and sugarcane. The nation is also known for having several manufacturing companies in vital areas such as steel, computers, automobiles, petrochemical, aircrafts and durable consumer products. These account for over 31% of the nation’s GDP. The remaining 71% hinges on the insurance, banking, retailing, healthcare and other sectors.

Most of the major companies constitute the bulk of what is known as the Brazil stock market. A good number of them have their shares sold to the public. This accounts for the ever growing economy of the great nation. Brazilians and even foreign investors see the nation’s stock market as a viable ground for profitable investment. You can invest with any amount and still make lots of profits in the long run.

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During the global economic crunch of 2008, the Brazilian stock market was also affected. Despite this, the nation’s economic remained solid during the period. It suffered minor setbacks and still bounced back after sometime. The Brazilian government came up with aggressive economic measures that made the nations economic stronger. The government raided the interest rates and also engaged economic experts who actually helped in sustaining the nation’s economy.

Meanwhile, the Brazilian stock market went down on the profit scale when the government tightened measures in 2010 to slow down the overheated economy. This actually affected most of the companies. However, when the government’s measures were relaxed in 2011, the stock market picked up. This made the nation’s economy to surpass that of the United Kingdom in 2011.

Over the years, several companies in Brazil have been doing well in the world stock market. Among the major companies include:

· Embraer, the Aircraft maker with a market value of $4.76 billion

· Petrobras, the oil giant with a market value of $173 billion

· CPFL Energia S.A, the power provider with a market value of $12 billion

· Companhia Siderurgica Nacional with a market value of $14 billion

There are many other companies with profitable shares. They have been driving the Brazilian economic to greater heights. Investing in any of the stocks is indeed a viable gateway to riches. You simply build wealth within some months or years!

NSA spying scandal spurs BRIC countries to build own Undersea cable network

The BRICS countries are in the process of completing a brand new Internet CABLE backbone that would bypass the United States entirely and  to ensure the protection of the bric countries from the US  governments NSA spying.

Brazil  will be in center stage with this project and is set to finalize a 34,000-kilometre undersea fiber-optic cable by 2015 that will run from Vladivostok –> Russia to  -> Fortaleza –> Brazil, via Shantou –> China –> Chennai, India —> and Cape Town, South Africa (PIC BELOW)

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The BRICS cable was already in development months before the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden first became public in June.

After the news was leaked ,  with revelations that the National Security Agency hacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone, the fallout against the NSA has accelerated and spread with Many countries taking measures to  block the spying by US

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According to the INDIAN NEWSPAPER  Hindu, the project will create, “a network free of US eavesdropping,” which via legislative mandates will also force the likes of Google, Facebook and Yahoo to store all data generated by BRICS nations locally, shielding it from NSA snooping.

The 12,8Tbit/s system will be the first contiguous submarine cable linking all of the so-called Brics nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and SA) The 34,000 km cable, which would be the first of its kind to link Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, is expected to come online by the end of 2014, said Andrew Mthembu, chairman of technology group i3 Africa which is promoting the project.


Alcatel-Lucent contractors lay the TEAMS fibre optic cable on the Fujairah shore-end in the UAE

Potential investors including Internet giant Google will decide before year-end whether to proceed with a $1.5 billion
undersea cable linking the BRICS group of emerging economies to each other and the U.S., a senior official in the project said on Monday. More →

Brazil economy slowdown fears and currency swaps

President Dilma Rousseff is said  to cut federal taxes  according to a government official with knowledge of the decision, with cuts on basic foods in a bid to tame inflation, after a report showed today consumer prices rose more than analysts forecast for an eighth straight month.

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Brazil’s swap rates climbed to a six-month high as a report showed annual inflation accelerated in February, fueling speculation the central bank will lift borrowing. Latin America’s biggest economy expanded 0.9 percent in 2012, its slowest pace in three years, the national statistics agency reported March 1

Tax cuts failed to kick-start the economy last year,  in spite of  weaker currency and lower cost borrowings.  The Annual inflation grew to 6.31 percent and has exceeded the central bank’s 4.5 percent target for 30 months with economists forecast 2013 inflation at 5.7 percent.


The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Brazil expanded 0.60 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 over the previous quarter. GDP Growth Rate in Brazil is reported by the IBGE.

Brazil currency “real” has rallied 5.5 percent against the dollar this year, with  the central bank has swung between selling currency swaps to prevent the real from falling too quickly and offering reverse currency swaps to protect exporters by preventive excessive gains.

OGX Petroleo & Gas Participacoes SA (OGXP3) to LLX Logistica SA (LLXL3) surged yesterday as investors put faith in Esteves, whose BTG is the most profitable Brazilian bank and likes his chances of bringing back these companies on track and profitability.

Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista signed an agreement this week with Grupo BTG Pactual’s Andre Esteves to co-run a strategic and financial management committee for his six publicly traded companies. Esteves, 44, is worth $4.9 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index with his fortunes derived mostly from his 22 percent stake in BTG Pactual.

Politics and elections with current news Brazil

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Brazil rolls out  a big concession program

22/02/2013 – The candidates and politics are heating up with “elections near in brazil” and so is the currency .“In the past seven months the Real was one of the least volatile currencies in the world. There is no need to take measures to control currency appreciation other than to leave it to float free,” Brazilian Minister of Finance Guido Mantega told Latin Business Chronicle… More

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Elections , Politics and Early kick-off for Brazil Politics in Brasil: 21/02/2013

The 2014 presidential campaign gets under way Location: SÃO PAULO A CAMPAIGN that officially lasts just three months should mean that Brazil’s next presidential election, due in October 2014, feels far away. In fact it seems almost imminent.

On February 16th Marina Silva, who came third in 2010 as the Green Party’s candidate, launched a new party, the Sustainability Network and three days later the president, Dilma Rousseff, announced increased welfare payments to 2.5m poor Brazilians in a speech widely interpreted as launching her bid for a second term.

Theopposition, (PSDB) the Party of  Brazilian Social Democracy , is considering primaries that its bigwigs have designed to bolster Aécio Neves, their preferred candidate.

Eduardo Campos, the governor of Pernambuco state who heads a fast-growing centrist party, is mulling a run, too. Ms Silva’s “Network”, …  Politics in Brazil: Early kick-off

Trade restrictions  carbon  trade and  Air trade in brazil and BRICS – 21/02/2013

Can trade restrictions be justified on environmental grounds? Main image: 20130223_FND000_0.jpg CARBON markets look green around the gills. The price of carbon on Europe’s emissions-trading system, the world’s biggest, has slumped. Barack Obama’s hope of getting a cap-and-trade proposal through Congress seems as distant as ever.

There is no sign of action in places like India and Brazil. Carbon markets exist or are on their way in Europe, Australia, California, China and South Korea. One day, carbon prices will vary greatly between countries.

When they do, those with higher carbon prices will be at a competitive disadvantage because the cost of emitting carbon will be embodied in the overall price of goods, raising them relative to goods produced in countries with no or low carbon prices. A new study* by Aaditya Mattoo of the World Bank. With elections near  brazil will need to be more focuseed on  the future of carbon trade  and the world will need to wait and watch what the brazil elections bring … more Free exchange: Air trade

Brazil top Retail stocks Listing of companies

Below a table of some of the top 20 largest companies in Brazil by sales in no particular order and also listing by some sectors . The list from Business and Economy Brazilian magazine was published featuring a list of the largest corporations operating in Brazil (financial companies, like banks, were not included) in 2003.

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Even though Brazil has the fifth largest population in the world, Brazilian retailing is not correspondingly dominant in the global rankings, More than 50% of Brazil’s retail consuming is for food.

1 Petrobras ( petroleum and energy)

Petrobras drills wells and refines petroleum. BR Distribuidora sells the products (gasoline, diesel, etc) to the wholesalers (Shell, Esso, etc) which eventually sell to the gas stations.

2 BR Distribuidora ( Wholesale (fuel))

3 Telemar (Telecommunications)

4 Telefonica (Telecommunications)

5 Ambev ( Beer and drinks)

6 Ipiranga

7 Volkswagen

8 Shell

9 General Motors

10 Brasil Telecom ( Telecommunications)

11 Bunge Food (Food and Drink)

14 Carrefour ( Retailer)

12 Pão de Açucar ( Retailer)

19 Cargill

33 Casas Bahia ( Retailer)

Brazil is growing so quickly in recent years that signs of inflation have begun to pop up in its economy, which has forced the country’s Central Bank to out on the brakes and take measures to raise interest rates. The Brazilian index has presented an opportunity for those bold enough to buy when prices and valuations are a bit depressed with markets running a bit weaker that it should be.

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In brazil In 2011 retailing experienced a slight slowdown in growth and economy compared with the strong performance recorded in 2010. For “brazil 2012” was a bit faster paced though finance markets were a bit subdued. Wikipedia holds extensive list of companies in brazil

Some Heavy Hitters in the brazil stock market

Ultrapar Holdings, Inc. (UGP) distributes liquefied petroleum gas and lubricants and has a market cap of $8.2 billion.

Gafisa SA (GFA ) is a Brazilian home builder with a market cap of $2.73 billion.

Cosan Ltd. (CZZ) is an agriculture player, producing and selling sugar and ethanol with a market cap of $3.46 billion.

Braskem S.A. (BAK) produces and sells petrochemicals and has a market cap of $9.77 billion.

Investors interested in exchange traded funds focused on Brazil might want to consider the following trades:

ProShares Ultra MSCI Brazil (NYSE: UBR) is almost 40% higher year to date.

Global X Brazil Consumer ETF (NYSE: BRAQ) is more than 20% higher year to date.

iShares MSCI Brazil Index (NYSE: EWZ) is almost 19% higher year to date.

Global X Brazil Mid Cap ETF (NYSE: BRAZ) is almost 18% higher year to date.

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Recently, the rapid expansion of the middle class in Brazil has forced researchers to think deeply about how best to reach out to these newcomers. We recently compiled some of the quirks of conducting projects in Brazil versus other countries.


SCHUMPETER, our sister blog, has just published an article on the initial public offering of BTG Pactual, a Brazilian investment bank. Read it here.

AFTER some weeks of speculation BTG Pactual, a Brazilian investment bank, announced its plans on March 1st for an initial public offering (IPO). Neither the volume nor the timing were stated in the regulatory filing. Local gossip suggested perhaps 1.5-2 billion reais ($870m-$1.16 billion), with no clue as to when. The shares will be listed locally, on the São Paulo stock exchange, and on Euronext, in Amsterdam. – Mercados