Brazilian stocks opened to slight seesawing on Friday, as a holiday in the United States and overall caution about the global economy may lead to a day of light trading. The benchmark Bovespa index .BVSP inched down 0.04 percent to 51,045.28 in early trading. The U.S. stock markets were closed on Friday in observance of Independence Day, which falls on a Saturday this year.
"The volume should be really light today," said Januario Hostin Jr., an analyst with Leme Investimentos, in a phone interview. "Today it's more about adjusting positions." The Bovespa index lost 1 percent on Thursday and the Dow Jones Industrial average (Berger Richard 2004 110-2). DJI 2.6 percent as gloomy U.S. jobs data spooked already-nervous investors. A global economic recovery, the data suggested, might not be imminent after all.
Brazilian equities often shadow U.S. markets, which investors use to measure international sentiment. Yet in Brazil, tentative green shoots emerged on Thursday, with industrial production up in May and inflation in Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city, slowing from the previous month. New car sales also reached an all-time high in June, buoyed by a government tax break introduced in December.
The foreign exchange market was flat in mid-morning, with neither Brazil's currency, the real (BRBY: Quote, Profile, Research) or the dollar moving against each other more than incrementally. Major countries should support the dollar as the main international currency, a Japanese official told Reuters on Friday. But China wants a debate on a new global reserve currency when Group of Eight leaders (G8) meet with the G5 emerging economies next week in Italy, G8 sources told Reuters (Pratt 2003 67-9).
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No relevant U.S. or Brazil data releases were slated for Friday, adding to the relative stillness of the equity and currency markets (Said 2003 38-9).
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