Brazil stocks higher at close of trade; Bovespa up 0.98%

© Reuters. Brazil stocks higher at close of trade; Bovespa up 0.98%© Reuters. Brazil stocks higher at close of trade; Bovespa up 0.98% – Brazil stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Sao Paulo, the rose 0.98% to hit a new 1-month high.

The best performers of the session on the were Raia Drogasil SA (SA:), which rose 5.13% or 3.65 points to trade at 74.75 at the close. Meanwhile, Multiplan SA (SA:) added 4.50% or 2.55 points to end at 59.24 and Cvc Brasil ON (SA:) was up 4.37% or 1.81 points to 43.25 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Ultrapar Participacoes SA (SA:), which fell 4.94% or 2.24 points to trade at 43.10 at the close. Embraer SA (SA:) declined 4.62% or 1.00 points to end at 20.66 and Cia Paranaense de Energia (SA:) was down 1.89% or 0.41 points to 21.32.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the BM&FBovespa Stock Exchange by 252 to 183 and 27 ended unchanged.

Shares in Ultrapar Participacoes SA (SA:) fell to 5-year lows; falling 4.94% or 2.24 to 43.10.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Bovespa options, was up 1.29% to 32.96.

Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.40% or 5.00 to $1241.60 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.44% or 0.31 to hit $70.64 a barrel, while the September US coffee C contract fell 1.57% or 1.75 to trade at $109.97 .

USD/BRL was down 0.72% to 3.8544, while EUR/BRL fell 0.60% to 4.5037.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.13% at 94.45.

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