Brazil shares higher at close of trade; Bovespa up 0.51%

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Brazil shares higher at close of trade; Bovespa up 0.51%
Credit: © Reuters. – Brazil equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Public Utilities , Electric Power and Financials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sao Paulo, the Bovespa rose 0.51%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Bovespa were Lojas Renner SA (SA: LREN3 ), which rose 4.20% or 1.10 points to trade at 27.30 at the close. CEMIG - Companhia Energetica Minas Gerais Pref (SA: CMIG4 ) added 3.87% or 0.38 points to end at 10.21 and Equatorial Energia SA (SA: EQTL3 ) was up 3.24% or 1.80 points to 57.40 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Metalurgica Gerdau SA (SA: GOAU4 ), which lost 4.01% or 0.21 points to trade at 5.03 in late trade. Usinas Siderurgicas de Minas Gerais (SA: USIM5 ) declined 2.88% or 0.12 points to end at 4.05 and Gerdau SA Pref (SA: GGBR4 ) shed 2.62% or 0.30 points to 11.15.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 183 to 177 and 27 ended unchanged on the Sao Paulo Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Brazil Etf Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Bovespa options, was down 3.05% to 34.59.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.19% or 2.35 to $1244.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 1.01% or 0.48 to hit $48.18 a barrel, while the May US coffee C contract fell 2.07% or 2.91 to trade at $137.57 .

USD/BRL was down 0.96% to 3.1103, while EUR/BRL fell 0.64% to 3.3605.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.05% at 99.51.

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