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Brazil Stock Movers: Natura, Telefonica Brasil, Ultrapar, Vale

Feb. 16 (Bloomberg) -- The following companies had unusual price changes in Sao Paulo trading. Stock symbols are in parentheses and prices are as of the close of trading. Preferred shares are usually the most-traded class of stock.

The Bovespa Index gained 1.2 percent to 66,141.70.

Natura Cosmeticos SA (NATU3 BS) gained 1 percent to 41.40 reais. Latin America’s largest cosmetics company reported fourth-quarter earnings that exceeded analysts’ estimates as margins expanded while sales growth slowed.

Telefonica Brasil SA (VIVT4 BS) advanced 3.4 percent to 50.27 reais for the biggest one-day jump in five months. The Brazilian unit of Spain’s largest phone company reported net income of 1.46 billion reais ($845 million) in the fourth quarter, above the average estimate for adjusted net income of 1.19 billion reais in a Bloomberg survey of 10 analysts.

Ultrapar Participacoes SA (UGPA3 BS) increased 2.6 percent to 36.75 reais, a record high. The fuels and petrochemicals group reported annual net income that beat analysts’ estimates.

Vale SA (VALE5 BS) gained 0.7 percent to 42.36 reais, after losing as much as 1.7 percent earlier. The world’s second-largest mining company said fourth-quarter profit fell 21 percent, missing analysts’ estimates, after metal prices dropped and the sovereign debt crisis reduced shipments to Europe.

To contact the reporter on this story: Zachary Tracer in New York at ztracer1@bloomberg.net

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

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