8.34 -0.01 (-0.06%)
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|Bid||8.34 x 41800|
|Ask||8.35 x 800|
|Day's Range||8.26 - 8.45|
|52 Week Range||6.57 - 10.80|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.09|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||13.04|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.52 (5.92%)|
|1y Target Est||N/A|
Brazil's biggest private sector lender Itaú Unibanco Holding SA said its card processor unit Rede will continue to be profitable despite a decision to stop charging interest rates and repaying merchants using its machines in two days, a bank executive said on Thursday evening. Rede CEO Marcos Magalhães told Reuters the card processor decided to advance payments to merchants in as little as two days, compared with the usual 30-day period, in order to close the gap with international practices. The decision is effective May 2 and includes zeroing interest rates.
Mitsubishi's (MUFG) focus on delivering three-year business plan, which includes expansion of global presence is likely to help bolster financials.
To lower losses at its struggling operations in the United States and Europe, Nomura (NMR) intends to cut jobs and reduce branches across wholesale business.
The fourth quarter was a rough one for most investors, as fears of a rising interest rate environment in the U.S, a trade war with China, and a more or less stagnant Europe, weighed heavily on the minds of investors. Both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 sank as a result, with the Russell 2000, […]
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Deutsche Bank (DB) decides to set up its ARC in India as it seeks to make profits by buying and reorganizing non-performing credit.
Brazilian power generator Eneva SA has hired the investment banking units of Citigroup , Itaú Unibanco Holding SA, Banco BTG Pactual SA and Banco Santander Brasil SA to manage a secondary share offering, ...
Tentative talks have begun between Deutsche Bank (DB) and Commerzbank as the companies explore strategic options aimed at supporting their financial performance.
The Bank of Nova Scotia's (BNS) first-quarter fiscal 2019 (ended Jan 31) earnings reflect elevated expenses, higher revenues and the bank's solid capital levels
Brazil's state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA has hired the investment banking unit of Banco Santander Brasil SA to revive efforts to sell its liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) distribution unit, four sources with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday. Petrobras, Santander and Itau did not immediately comment. Petrobras, as the company is known, had agreed in 2016 to sell Liquigas Distribuidora SA to local rival Ultrapar Participações SA in a process managed by the investment banking unit of Itau Unibanco Holding SA.
Brazil's real fell 0.2 percent, declining for the seventh consecutive session. Much anticipated pension reforms in Brazil have been on hold as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro recovers from a surgery. You Na Park, analyst at Commerzbank said risks for the real remain elevated.
UBS Group (UBS) seeks to move away from variable bonuses to a system that prioritizes transparency and eliminates cases of weak group performance.
Chile's peso rose 0.4 percent and led gains among regional currencies, while the Colombian peso tracked oil prices higher. Christian Lawrence, a senior market strategist at Rabobank, attributed the day's currency moves to a bit of squaring up of positions heading into the weekend. Brazil's real was down slightly after gaining earlier in the session, while the Mexican peso was up 0.2 percent, extending gains from the previous session when it rose after the country's central bank held the benchmark borrowing rate steady.
Before the U.K. unit is dissolved, some of UBS Group's (UBS) operations in cash equities, rates and credit and exchange-traded derivatives will be transferred to its London branch
Bonus cuts could be an option for Deutsche Bank (DB) to achieve cost cutting targets if market conditions prevent revenue growth.
Banco Itau (ITUB) has been upgraded to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), reflecting growing optimism about the company's earnings prospects. This might drive the stock higher in the near term.
Yesterday, JPMorgan released a report that said Brazilian stocks are due for a "healthy pause" after a huge rally following the election of it's new pro-business President Jair Bolsonaro. Brazilian stocks have gain 18% since the first round of the elections, and JPMorgan sees it going up as much as 28% more. With the global economy still grinding forward, investors looking at emerging market stocks have plenty to like about Brazil. And now, with prices about to "pause", it might be a great time to buy Brazilian stocks. Overall, the market is trading for a dirt-cheap P/E of just 12. * 5 of the Best Biotech Stocks to Buy Now With that, here are for Brazilian stocks to buy today. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Source: Felix Carmona via Flickr (Modified) ### CPFL Energeia S.A. (CPL) One of the best ways to avoid any possible volatility is by investing in "safer" sectors of the market -- sectors that provide plenty of cash flows and dividends. One of the best happens to be utility stocks. Well, this theory works the same when it comes to emerging market stocks. For investors looking at Brazilian stocks specifically, that means top utility CPFL Energia S.A. (NYSE:CPL). CPL is one of Brazil's largest electric companies and has assets that span more than 679 municipalities to more than 9.5 million customers. This includes key states like Brazilian economic powerhouse of Sao Paulo. And this is a good position to be in as it's allowed CPL to pull in some pretty steady and hefty revenues. During its latest reported quarter, CPL managed to see a nice 4% jump in its revenues. Meanwhile, its net income managed to see a big 60% year-over-year increase. That's not too shabby at all and is representative of its continued debt reduction program and stability of Brazilian currency/economy. Like many U.S. utilities, CPL has undergone some initiatives to boost margins further. The Brazilian utility has added plenty of renewable generation assets as well as begun the initial steps to add smart-meters/grid operations to its core areas. All in all, this should help drive profits higher. And CFL hasn't been scared to share those profits either. The firm has a long history of paying dividends. Today, shares yield 1.7%. Source: Shutterstock ### Arcos Dorados Holding (ARCO) McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) is a global institution and one of the top 10 brands in the world. And while you certainly could buy MCD stock, a better bet could be Brazilian-based emerging market stock Arcos Dorados (NYSE:ARCO). Arcos Dorados -- which means Golden Arches -- is the world's largest McDonald's franchisee in terms of system-wide sales and number of restaurants. This includes over 2,100 restaurants in Latin America and the Caribbean. Brazil is top on that list with 910 stores. But ARCO owns Big Mac shacks in Mexico, Peru, and even French Guyana. This dominance has made ARCO a revenue machine. Last quarter, consolidated revenue jumped by 8.3%, on a constant currency basis, while net income increased by over 68%. One of the big drivers of that was results from Brazil. Thanks to the economy beginning to even out and inflation are tamed, ARCO's managed to see a huge jump to its earnings. Those stores in Brazil managed to realize an adjusted EBITDA increase of 37% year-over-year. And when looking at a constant currency basis, that number spikes to a 73% year-over-year gain. These results show that as the Brazilian economy has improved, ARCO's has directly benefited. It should continue to benefit as well. * 7 Stocks That Won Super Bowl Sunday As for shares itself, ARCO trades at forward P/E of 21. While that's not super cheap, it could still be a bargain as Brazil's growth is only getting restarted. Source: Shutterstock ### Itau Unibanco Holding SA (ITUB) For investors looking to snag-up emerging market stocks, financial institutions and banks are often some of the best places to go shopping. In Brazilian stocks, that's no different. In fact, Brazil is home to one of the largest banks in the southern hemisphere: Itau Unibanco Holding SA (NYSE:ITUB). ITUB was created through the merger of banking giants Banco Itau and Unibanco back in 2008. Since then, the firm has continued to grow through an aggressive, yet smart, acquisition strategy. This included snagging several Lat Am units from Citigroup (NYSE:C) as well as other regional banks in Brazil and Latin America. These buyouts have made ITUB one of the largest banks in the world and it currently controls about 11% of Brazil's retail banking market. The firm also owns the second largest Brazilian card payment company, Rede. This makes Itau Unibanco a prime play on the growing consumer base in the nation. Meanwhile, the bank is very conservatively run and features a solid balance sheet. Recent higher revenues and lower loan provisions underscore Brazil's recent economic strength -- as does ITUB's small monthly dividend and its continued stock dividend bonuses. ### iShares MSCI Brazil ETF (EWZ) For some investors, buying individual emerging market stocks -- even those from a top market like Brazil -- is a bit daunting. There is still plenty of risks. Perhaps the best way to own the potential of Brazilian stocks is through an ETF that holds a bunch of different firms. The still reigning champion is the iShares MSCI Brazil ETF (NYSEARCA:EWZ). The $9 billion ETF tracks the MSCI Brazil 25/50 Index. This measure holds a collection of large- and mid-cap emerging market stocks domiciled in the nation. The ETF's 57 holdings read like a who's who of top Brazilian names and include all of the stocks on this list. This provides plenty of diversification benefits and allows investors to easily tap into the nation's long-term potential. And Brazil does have plenty of potential. But just be aware that the ETF is pretty volatile. EWZ's average annual year-to-date, one-, five- and 10-year returns have clocked in at -1.79%, 25.20%, -0.30%, and 4.15% respectively. Since the fund's inception in 2000, the ETF has managed to produce an average annual 6.51% return. As you can see, the ride has been bumpy. * 10 F-Rated Stocks That Could Break Your Portfolio But the ETF is still the best way to play both the short and long-term trade in Brazil. With an expense ratio of 0.59% -- or $59 per $10,000 invested -- it's a cheap option as well. Disclosure: At the time of writing, Aaron Levitt did not hold a position in any stock mentioned. ### More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 F-Rated Stocks That Could Break Your Portfolio * 5 Fintech Stocks to Buy As This Mega Trend Gains Steam * 10 Cold Weather Stocks to Heat Up Your Returns Compare Brokers The post 4 Brazilian Stocks to Buy as the Emerging Market Pauses appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Brazil stocks retreated from all-time highs on Tuesday as shares of the country's largest private lender, Itau Unibanco Holding SA, weighed, while Mexico's peso was on course for its best day in two weeks. Bucking a rise in broader emerging markets and global stocks, Brazil's Bovespa stock index slipped 0.4 percent as shares of Itau Unibanco fell 2.8 percent after its loan growth guidance disappointed analysts. Brazilian food processor BRF SA rose after it announced the appointment of former Petrobras Chief Executive Ivan Monteiro as its new chief financial officer.
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