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Odontoprev Drops Most Since July as Earnings Trail Estimates

Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Odontoprev SA, a Brazilian dental benefits company, fell the most in 12 weeks after third-quarter profit trailed analysts’ estimates.

Shares dropped 3.2 percent to 10.15 reais at the close of trading in Sao Paulo, the steepest one day decline since July 30. The Bovespa index slid 1 percent.

Third-quarter net income fell 9.5 percent to 35.4 million reais ($17.5 million), Odontoprev said in a regulatory filing yesterday. That compares to an average estimate of 42.5 million reais among 10 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Sales were 243.1 million reais, compared with an estimate of 244.6 million reais.

“A slowing economy in Brazil limited the potential of sales of plans to companies,” Karina Freitas, an analyst at brokerage Concordia, wrote in a note to clients dated today.

Odontoprev gained 14 percent this year, while the Bovespa advanced 0.9 percent.

To contact the reporter on this story: Denyse Godoy in Sao Paulo at dgodoy2@bloomberg.net

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

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