Brazilian assets soared, with the Bovespa surging above 83,000 for the first time ever, and the currency Real surging through 3.20 after three judges in a local appeals court upheld a conviction for corruption imposed last July on ex-President Lula da Silva.
Brazilian stocks on Tuesday edged up to an all-time high as optimism over the nation's economic prospects kept an early-year rally alive. The benchmark Bovespa stock index rose 0.3% to 79,951, nearing the 80,000 milestone for the first-time ever.
Brazilian stocks edged higher to mark a record close on Monday, underpinned by optimism over the nation's fiscal outlook as well as a strong flow of international investment. The benchmark Bovespa stock index continued its climb following a seven-day string of gains.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff finally announced on Thursday the appointment of Joaquim Levy, as her next Finance minister who is also known as the 'scissors man', who pledged more realistic fiscal targets and promised more balanced economic growth.
The Sao Paulo stock exchange soared 4.7% on Monday with the Bovespa index reaching 57.115 points following Sunday's presidential election when no candidate managed 50% of ballots, opening the way for a runoff between pro-business Aecio Neves and president Dilma Rousseff.
Brazilian state-run oil firm Petrobras fell to its lowest level in more than a year on Tuesday, pushing the country's stock market to a near three-month low on concerns the government may delay a new pricing policy that could stem losses in the firm's refining division.
Brazil's 45-year-old benchmark Bovespa stock index BVSP could be subject to changes in its structure for the first time to better reflect new trends facing the country's economy, financial bourse BM&FBovespa SA announced last week.
Brazil’s stock exchange Bovespa is facing a loss in market share estimated at as much as 30% by HSBC Holdings Plc and Banco Itau BBA SA as the nation considers boosting competition among trading platforms.
Spain’s leading bank Santander denied any plan to sell its Brazilian affiliate full or partly, as was published in the Sao Paulo media following discussions with Bradesco, another top listed Brazilian bank.
None of the world's major economies will escape a slowdown, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development said, highlighting increasing signs that growth momentum is dwindling across the board.