Brazil shares higher at close of trade; Bovespa up 0.57%

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Brazil shares higher at close of trade; Bovespa up 0.57% – Brazil equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Financials and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sao Paulo, the Bovespa added 0.57%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Bovespa were Cia Siderurgica Nacional SA (SA: CSNA3 ), which rose 7.16% or 0.62 points to trade at 9.28 at the close. Metalurgica Gerdau SA (SA: GOAU4 ) added 4.65% or 0.35 points to end at 7.87 and Gerdau SA Pref (SA: GGBR4 ) was up 3.81% or 0.62 points to 16.88 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Lojas Renner SA (SA: LREN3 ), which lost 3.29% or 1.04 points to trade at 30.55 in late trade. B2W Cia Digital (SA: BTOW3 ) declined 2.93% or 0.86 points to end at 28.49 and Localiza Rent a Car SA (SA: RENT3 ) shed 2.83% or 0.72 points to 24.71.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 198 to 187 and 31 ended unchanged on the BM&FBovespa Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Brazil Etf Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Bovespa options, was down 2.61% to 31.29.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.25% or 3.10 to $1222.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 0.82% or 0.57 to hit $69.04 a barrel, while the September US coffee C contract rose 0.69% or 0.75 to trade at $110.22 .

USD/BRL was down 0.83% to 3.7154, while EUR/BRL fell 0.69% to 4.3324.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.13% at 94.45.

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