Brazil shares lower at close of trade; Bovespa down 0.67%

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Brazil shares lower at close of trade; Bovespa down 0.67%
Credit: © Reuters. – Brazil equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Public Utilities , Electric Power and Financials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sao Paulo, the Bovespa lost 0.67%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Bovespa were Metalurgica Gerdau SA (SA: GOAU4 ), which rose 2.98% or 0.16 points to trade at 5.53 at the close. Hypermarcas SA (SA: HYPE3 ) added 2.47% or 0.84 points to end at 34.85 and Fibria Celulose SA (SA: FIBR3 ) was up 2.09% or 0.99 points to 48.37 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA (SA: ELET3 ), which lost 3.80% or 0.69 points to trade at 17.45 in late trade. Natura Cosmeticos SA (SA: NATU3 ) declined 3.32% or 1.01 points to end at 29.41 and Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA (SA: ELET6 ) shed 2.80% or 0.58 points to 20.12.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 248 to 152 and 20 ended unchanged on the BM&FBovespa Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Brazil Etf Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Bovespa options, was down 2.11% to 28.34 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.67% or 8.40 to $1257.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 0.85% or 0.48 to hit $57.08 a barrel, while the March US coffee C contract rose 0.12% or 0.14 to trade at $120.22 .

USD/BRL was up 0.96% to 3.3419, while EUR/BRL rose 0.64% to 3.9397.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.13% at 93.52.

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