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Brazil Stocks Hit Record High Bolsonaro Sweeps To Power Amid Pro-Business Agenda

Martin Baccardax

Brazilian stocks jumped to the highest level on record Monday following a decisive victory for free-market proponent Jair Bolsonaro in yesterday's Presidential elections that could trigger moves to privatize some of Latin America's biggest companies amid broader economic reforms. Bolsonaro, the first candidate with military experience to lead Brazil since the mid 1980s, has vowed to tackle corruption, crime and 'elitism' in the world's fourth-largest democracy, won 55.2% of Sunday's vote in a run-off against left-wing rival Fernando Haddad. The 64-year old former Army captain has also said he wants broader fiscal reforms in Latin America's biggest economy and will likely appoint the highly-respected Paulo Guedes in the country's top fiance post.