The Ibovespa fell as steelmaker Usinas Siderurgicas de Minas Gerais SA led commodity producers lower amid concern the U.S. Federal Reserve will reduce stimulus, dimming the outlook for Brazil’s raw-material exports.
Iron-ore producer Vale SA fell for the first time in three days, contributing the most to the benchmark’s decline. ALL America Latina Logistica SA sank after Argentina expropriated a cargo railway concession from the company. Homebuilder Rossi Residencial SA led gains on the gauge.
The Ibovespa lost 1.4 percent to 53,242.97 at 12:49 p.m. in Sao Paulo with 57 of 71 members declining. The gauge’s 90-day volatility, a measure of price swings, rose to the highest since January. The real was little changed at 2.1249 per dollar after erasing a gain of as much as 1.9 percent. Global stocks fell, with the MSCI World Index slipping 1.2 percent, as investors weighed comments by Fed policy makers on when to scale back the central bank’s bond-buying program.
“There’s an expectation that they’ll pull back stimulus if the economy improves,” Pedro Galdi, the chief strategist at Sao Paulo-based brokerage SLW Corretora. “Commodity-linked stocks are falling after recent gains. It’s been very volatile.”
Global stocks fell as Fed Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher called for a reduction in the central bank’s bond purchases, which economists from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Deutsche Bank AG predict may be curbed from September.
Voting shares of Usiminas sank 4.5 percent to 8.95 reais, snapping a two-day advance. Vale lost 2.5 percent to 29.54 reais. ALL sank 1.3 percent to 10.65 reais.
Brazil scrapped a 6 percent tax rate on foreign investors who buy Brazilian bonds in the domestic market effective today, Finance Minister Guido Mantega said yesterday.
Rossi gained 0.8 percent to 3.60 reais.
Smiles SA, the frequent-flier unit of Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA, rose 1.8 percent to 25.45 reais. Analysts at Bradesco BBI and Deutsche Bank AG initiated coverage of the stock with the equivalent of buy.
Brazil’s benchmark gauge has slumped 13 percent in 2013, underperforming emerging markets including China, Russia and India, amid concern quickening inflation will curb the nation’s economic expansion.
The Ibovespa trades at 12.7 times analyst earnings estimates for the next four quarters, compared with a multiple of 10.6 for the MSCI Emerging Markets Index of 21 developing nations’ equities, data compiled by Bloomberg show.
Trading volume for stocks in Sao Paulo was 7.1 billion reais on June 4. That compares with a daily average of 7.67 billion reais this year through May 29, according to data compiled by the exchange.
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