Worries about the spread of coronavirus and its potential impact on the global economy pushed down the index for Brazilian shares in exchange-traded funds on the New York stock market on Tuesday. Around 5.20pm local time, iShares MSCI Brazil , an index fund, or ETF, for Brazilian stocks traded in New York, slipped 1.2% to 39.84 points, while the Dow Jones Brazil Titans 20 ADR, which combines the main Brazilian ADRs, fell 2% to 20,711.20 points. Trading at the Sao Paulo stock exchange is expected to resume at 1pm local time after being closed Monday and Tuesday for Brazil’s Carnival holiday.
Brazil’s development bank BNDES sold on Wednesday $5.2 billion in common shares it owned in state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4.SA), the largest Petrobras offering in a decade. BNDES will send part of the profits to Brazil’s Treasury as dividends. The sale of Petrobras shares is the largest divestiture so far of the R$110 billion stock portfolio owned by the development bank.
Brazil’s government has raised R$1.06 billion ($252 million) from a sale of shares in state-run Banco do Brasil SA carried out last week via the BNDES national development bank. The share sale had been included in the government’s asset disposal program unveiled last August, and was concluded on Thursday, the government said.
Brazilian state prosecutors on Tuesday charged Fabio Schvartsman, the former chief executive of mining giant Vale SA, and 15 other people with homicide for a dam disaster last year that killed more than 250 people. Vale and TUV SUD were also charged with environmental crimes. The collapse of the Vale tailings dam in the town of Brumadinho was one of the world’s deadliest mining accidents and knocked $19 billion off Vale’s market value in a single day. Vale shares were down 2.5% in Sao Paulo yesterday trade.
After more than tripling last year, share offerings activity is expected to accelerate, with some bankers predicting that offerings may reach up to 200 billion reais ($48 billion). Brazilian stock sales were equivalent to 85% of all equity activity in Latin America in 2019, while Brazil’s gross domestic product is only about a third of the wider region’s.