Brazil shares higher at close of trade; Bovespa up 0.75%

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Brazil shares higher at close of trade; Bovespa up 0.75% – Brazil equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Public Utilities , Financials and Real Estate sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sao Paulo, the Bovespa gained 0.75% to hit a new all time high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Bovespa were Via Varejo SA (SA: VVAR3 ), which rose 6.21% or 0.28 points to trade at 4.79 at the close. Cia de Saneamento Basico do Estado (SA: SBSP3 ) added 5.34% or 2.11 points to end at 41.60 and Estacio Participacoes SA (SA: ESTC3 ) was up 4.68% or 1.28 points to 28.65 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Usinas Siderurgicas de Minas Gerais (SA: USIM5 ), which lost 2.65% or 0.27 points to trade at 9.91 in late trade. Lojas Renner SA (SA: LREN3 ) declined 1.87% or 0.78 points to end at 40.93 and Natura Cosmeticos SA (SA: NATU3 ) shed 1.59% or 0.71 points to 44.00.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 251 to 198 and 33 ended unchanged on the BM&FBovespa Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Brazil Etf Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Bovespa options, was up 1.69% to 31.36.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.14% or 1.85 to $1291.35 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 1.71% or 0.88 to hit $50.71 a barrel, while the March US coffee C contract fell 1.35% or 1.40 to trade at $102.45 .

USD/BRL was down 0.33% to 3.6985, while EUR/BRL fell 0.36% to 4.2405.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 95.227.

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