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The Bedford Report

November 12, 2010 08:46 ET

Emerging Market Plays -- iShares MSCI Brazil Index & Petrobras

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on iShares MSCI Brazil Index and Petrobras

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 12, 2010) - Investor interest in Brazil has taken off this year. Brazil's economy had a shallow recession and has recovered nicely. Its market has been one of the best performing since Dec. 31, 2008 with both inflation and the budget deficit under control. Indeed, in recent years Brazil reduced its national debt to 40% of GDP and aggressively boosted its foreign reserves. These structural reforms, among others, have helped verify the country's solid economic foundation. The Bedford Report examines investing opportunities in Brazil and provides research reports on iShares MSCI Brazil Index (NYSE Arca: EWZ) and Petroleo de Brasileiro SA (NYSE: PBR). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.bedfordreport.com/2010-11-EWZ

www.bedfordreport.com/2010-11-PBR

One of the most popular ways to gain exposure to Brazil is through the iShares MSCI Brazil Index. The fund has assets of more than $9 billion and an average daily trading volume of over 15 million shares. EWZ is designed to track the MSCI Brazil Index, a benchmark that has big weightings in mega cap banks and oil companies.

According to recent stats, the Materials and Energy sector comprise 48 percent of MSCI Brazil Index while the consumer sector makes up less than 15 percent. With Brazil's middle class on the rise and sales of consumer goods growing strongly in Brazil, the Global X Brazil Consumer ETF, which tracks the performance of the Solactive Brazil Consumer Index, is an alternative for those looking for more exposure to the consumer goods sector.

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Petroleo de Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, is a rarity. It is an emerging market oil company that is willing to work with Western oil majors. The company says it plans to double production in the next nine years -- giving it an industry leading growth rate. Earlier this week the company posted third quarter earnings of 8.56 billion reais in the third quarter, which compares favorably with 8.3 billion reais in the previous quarter.

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