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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Brazil’s Services Industry Contracted: What’s Ahead?

    The final Brazil Services PMI was again in the contraction zone in June after showing some contraction in May.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Brazil’s Manufacturing Activity Contracted in June

    The final Markit Brazil Manufacturing PMI entered the contraction zone in June. It was 49.8 in June compared to 50.7 in May.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Brazil’s Services PMI Contracted in May

    According to a report by Markit Economics, the final Brazil services PMI (purchasing managers’ index) dropped in May as compared to April.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    A Look at Brazil’s Weaker Services PMI in April

    The final Brazil services PMI weakened sequentially in April. It was 50 in April compared to 50.4 in March.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Brazil’s Manufacturing PMI Fell: The Impact on Its Equity Market

    The final Markit Brazil manufacturing PMI fell sequentially in April. It was 52.3 in April compared to 53.4 in March.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Brazil’s Service Activity Weakened in March

    According to Markit Economics, Brazil’s service PMI (purchasing managers’ index) fell in March, to 50.4 from 52.7 in February.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Brazil’s Manufacturing Activity Is Affecting Equity Markets

    According to Markit Economics, Brazil’s manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) improved in March, rising to 53.4 from 53.2 in February.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Brazil’s Services PMI Trended in February

    The final Brazil services PMI (purchasing managers’ index) rose solidly in February 2018.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Brazil’s Manufacturing PMI Improved: Are Investors Optimistic?

    The final Markit Brazil manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) improved strongly in February 2018.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Boosted Brazil’s Service Activity in January

    Brazil’s service activity in January 2018 According to Markit Economics, Brazil’s service PMI (purchasing managers’ index) rose strongly between December 2017 and January 2018, to 50.0 from 47.4, seeing expansion after three consecutive months of contraction. A reading above 50.0 indicates expansion in economic activity. January’s service PMI figure was the highest since October 2017. […]

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Brazil’s Lower Manufacturing Activity May Concern Investors

    Brazil’s manufacturing activity in January 2018 According to Markit Economics, Brazil’s manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) has been falling gradually since November 2017. It fell to 51.2 in January 2018 from 52.4 in December 2017, missing the market estimate of 52. However, it marked the sixth consecutive month of improved operating conditions. Brazil’s manufacturing PMI weakness in January was mostly due to […]

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Does Brazil’s Services PMI Indicate Improvement in Its Economy?

    According to a report by Markit Economics, the final Brazil services PMI (purchasing managers’ index) remained in the contraction zone in December 2017.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Analyzing Brazil’s Manufacturing PMI in December 2017

    The final Markit Brazil manufacturing PMI stood at 52.4 in December compared to 53.5 in November 2017. The December PMI didn’t beat the initial estimate of 52.8.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    A Look at Brazil’s Service Sector in November 2017

    Brazil’s service sector in November According to a report by Markit Economics, Brazil’s service PMI (purchasing managers’ index) continued to fall in November. A level below 50 indicates contraction in economic activity, and a level above 50 indicates expansion in economic activity.   Brazil’s service PMI fell to 46.9 in November from 48.8 in October. The contraction […]

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Brazil’s Manufacturing Activity Improves in November 2017

    Brazil’s manufacturing activity in November According to data provided by Markit Economics, Brazil’s manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) rose to 53.5 in November from 51.2 in October, beating the estimate of 52.5 and marking the strongest rise in five years.   November’s improvement in manufacturing activity was mainly due to the following factors: production output and volume […]

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Brazil’s Services PMI Looked in October 2017

    Brazil’s service PMI stood at 48.8 in October as compared to 50.7 in September 2017 and was below the preliminary market expectation of 50.5.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Brazil’s Manufacturing PMI Improved: What’s Driving the Growth?

    According to data provided by Markit Economics, the final Markit Brazil Manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) stood at 51.2 in October 2017 as compared to 50.9 in September 2017.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Helped Brazil’s Services PMI Rise So Much in September?

    The final Brazil Services PMI (Purchasing Managers’ Index) stood at 50.7 in September 2017 compared to 49.0 in August.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Insights into Brazil’s Manufacturing PMI in September 2017

    The final Markit Brazil Manufacturing PMI (Purchasing Managers’ Index) stood at 50.9 in September 2017. It remained unchanged compared to August 2017.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Brazil’s Services Activity Was in the Contraction Zone in August

    Brazil’s (EWZ) services PMI was in the contraction zone in August 2017.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Did Brazil’s Manufacturing Activity Improve in August?

    According to a report by Markit Economics, the final Brazil manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) rose to 50.9 in August 2017 as compared to 50 in July.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Why Manufacturing Activity in Brazil Is on a Decline

    Manufacturing activity in Brazil In July 2017, the manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) in Brazil (BRZU) continued to decline, falling to 50 from 50.5 in June 2017. July 2017 brought a slowdown in both output and new business. US companies doing business in Brazil include Walmart (WMT), ExxonMobil (XOM), Chevron (CVX), and Apple (AAPL). Brazil (EWZ) […]

    By Mary Sadler
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Understanding Brazil’s Service PMI in June

    The services sector is one of the most important sectors contributing to Brazil’s GDP and job creation, but its been facing structural issues and poor performance.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Inside Brazil’s June Manufacturing Activity

    The Brazil Manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) fell slightly in June 2017 due to political turmoil in the country’s government.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Is Brazil’s Business Confidence on a Declining Trend in 2017?

    Political chaos has affected confidence levels in Brazil, which saw its business confidence reach its lowest level in 2017 in June.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will Brazil’s Economic Activity Keep Contracting amid Political Chaos?

    Brazil seems to be giving mixed signals, with its index of economic activity (BRZU) dropping by 0.51% month-over-month in May 2017.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Consumer Confidence in Argentina Is Falling in 2017

    Argentina’s (FM) consumer confidence saw a huge drop in June 2017, as Argentinians are highly unsatisfied with the austerity measures President Macri’s government has adopted.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Brazil’s Service Sector Activity Contracted in May 2017

    The Markit Brazil Services PMI dropped to 49.2 in May 2017 compared a two-year high of 50.3 in April 2017.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Political Unrest Impacts Brazil’s Business Confidence in June 2017

    The Industrial Entrepreneur Confidence Index in Brazil (FBZ) dropped to 51.9 in June 2017 compared to 53.7 in May 2017, reaching its lowest level since January 2017.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Inflation in Brazil Declined in May 2017

    Inflation in Brazil (BRZU) continued its decline in May 2017, standing 1% below the central bank’s target of 4.5%.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Economic Growth in Brazil Improves in Q
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Factors Impacting Brazil’s Economic Growth in 1Q17

    Brazil’s (EWZ) economy improved in 1Q17, mostly due to the manufacturing sector, exports, and business confidence. However, recent political scandals have undermined its growth and credit rating.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Has Brazil’s GDP Risen despite Political Uncertainty in 1Q17?

    The Brazilian (FBZ) economy grew 1% on a quarter-on-quarter basis in 1Q17 compared to a downwardly revised 0.5% contraction in the previous month.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Does Brazil’s Industrial Production Data and Selic Rate Ring a Bell?

    First the good news: After two years of a deep recession, the economic fundamentals of Brazil are showing signs of bottoming out. Industrial production has started to turn, and so have sentiment indicators, with business confidence indexes leading the way (source: Bloomberg). Particularly encouraging are the improvements in the inflation trend. Prices have been easing […]

    By Heidi Richardson
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