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Business Confidence Rises for Brazil, Latin American Markets Up

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Latin American markets rise in line with commodity sectors

The bolstered Latin American markets took their cues from higher commodity prices on June 17. Investors were trading higher in the commodity- and crude-related indexes, fostered by a weaker dollar index and lower anxiety related to the possible exit of Britain from the European Union.

Crude prices had been retreating on a slumping outlook earlier last week as investors transferred more funds into safe-haven securities. The Brazilian BM&F Bovespa SA index and the Mexican IPC index fell by 0.25% and 0.18%, respectively.

The increase in global crude prices and other essential commodities caused the Colombian COLCAP index to trade slightly higher by 0.05%. Colombia depends heavily on crude prices, as prices directly affect the country’s export revenues.

Among the Latin American indexes, the Argentinian Merval Index fell by 0.32% while the Chilean IPSA Select Index was trading 0.34% higher.

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Brazil’s business confidence rises for June

Business confidence in Brazil rose on June 17 to 45.7 in June, compared to 41.3 in May, touching the highest figure since October 2014. The confidence levels for current economic conditions, current company conditions, economic expectations, and company expectations rose, driving the overall increase.

Impact on the market

Among the Latin America–focused ETFs, the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (EWZ) rose by 1.6% on June 17. The iShares MSCI Mexico Capped ETF (EWW) was trading 0.7% higher at the end of the day.

Mexico, Colombia, Chile, and Brazil are closely linked to crude oil and commodity prices. The PowerShares DB Commodity Tracking ETF (DBC) rose by 2.4% while the United States Oil ETF (USO) rose by 4.7%. On a broad-based level, the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) fell by 0.27%.

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