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Brazil Real Gains as U.S. Stimulus Outlook Supports Intervention

Brazil’s real rose to a seven-week high on speculation the next U.S. Federal Reserve chairman will maintain stimulus for a longer period, supporting efforts by the Latin American nation’s central bank to bolster the currency.

The real climbed 1.1 percent to 2.2543 per U.S. dollar at 9:47 a.m. in Sao Paulo, the strongest since July 25 on a closing basis. Swap rates on the contract due in January 2015 declined 10 basis points, or 0.10 percentage point, to 10.36 percent.

Brazil’s currency rallied along with most emerging-market counterparts after Lawrence Summers withdrew his candidacy as Fed chairman. Brazil’s central bank sold $497 million of foreign-exchange swaps and prepared for a rollover auction to support the currency.

“The central bank is maintaining a firm hand on the currency,” Roberto Padovani, the chief economist at Votorantim Ctvm, said by phone from Sao Paulo. “Today, the global environment is risk-on, and that favors foreign inflows coming back to emerging countries.”

To contact the reporters on this story: Gabrielle Coppola in Sao Paulo at gcoppola@bloomberg.net; Josue Leonel in Sao Paulo at jleonel@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David Papadopoulos at papadopoulos@bloomberg.net

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