Brazil shares higher at close of trade; Bovespa up 0.43%

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Brazil shares higher at close of trade; Bovespa up 0.43% – Brazil equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Real Estate , Electric Power and Public Utilities sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sao Paulo, the Bovespa added 0.43% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Bovespa were Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA (SA: ELET3 ), which rose 5.22% or 0.96 points to trade at 19.34 at the close. Qualicorp SA (SA: QUAL3 ) added 4.91% or 1.45 points to end at 31.00 and Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA (SA: ELET6 ) was up 4.61% or 1.00 points to 22.70 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Estacio Participacoes SA (SA: ESTC3 ), which lost 3.13% or 1.06 points to trade at 32.82 in late trade. WEG SA (SA: WEGE3 ) declined 2.35% or 0.58 points to end at 24.11 and Hypermarcas SA (SA: HYPE3 ) shed 1.91% or 0.70 points to 36.00.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 268 to 146 and 41 ended unchanged on the BM&FBovespa Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Brazil Etf Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Bovespa options, was up 2.48% to 26.87.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.45% or 5.80 to $1297.20 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.40% or 0.24 to hit $59.88 a barrel, while the March US coffee C contract rose 0.32% or 0.40 to trade at $124.78 .

USD/BRL was down 0.08% to 3.3122, while EUR/BRL rose 0.36% to 3.9574.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.35% at 92.34.

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