Rousseff impeachment rally loses steam as economic reality sets in

There was disagreement about the number of protesters in the demonstrations against Brazilian president, Dilma Roussef, the Federal Government, ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva  and all corruption cases being reported and investigated in the country (on March, 13th, 2016) in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil.  According to the military police there were about 30 thousand people;  the protest organizers counted about 80 thousand people. The protests started around 4 P.M. in Ponta Negra neighbourhood, on the waterfront of River Negro, in the west zone of Manaus. Photo: AFP/ Raphael Alves


The rally that made Brazilian assets the world’s best performers in 2016 is losing momentum as investors’ euphoria over prospects for change in government gives way to pessimism about how hard it will be to pull the country out of an economic malaise no matter who is in power.
The Ibovespa equity gauge, Brazil’s currency and its bonds have soared in the past two weeks as traders bet that the country’s biggest ever corruption scandal is getting closer to President Dilma Rousseff and her party, creating an opening for new leadership that would focus on pulling the country out of its worst recession in a century. As analysts cut forecasts for the economy week after week, a ballooning budget deficit has prompted warnings from ratings companies that Brazil’s debt load could become unsustainable.
The market advance last week was smaller than the week before, and the real and stocks slipped on Monday even after millions of anti-government protesters staged some of the largest demonstrations in the country’s modern history over the weekend. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Banco Mizuho do Brasil SA say that for a fresh rally to take hold, there needs to be a solid indication that Brazil is on the path to recovery.
“Brazilian assets show that a change of government has been widely priced in,” said Alberto Ramos, the chief Latin America economist at Goldman Sachs in New York. “Now the challenge becomes to look ahead and see if a potential new government will be inclined to reforms. And there are still many doubts remaining.”
The real lost 1.7 percent to 3.6456 per dollar at 3:33 p.m. in New York on Monday. The Ibovespa slid 1.1 percent. The two-week, 19 percent advance has pushed the Ibovespa’s 14-day relative strength index to 77, near the highest since February 2012. Some technical analysts see an RSI of 70 as a signal that a security has risen a lot and could be poised for a decline. The real is also trading above that level.
The real’s 25-delta risk-reversal, a measure of the premium for the right to sell reais over the right to buy the currency, is signaling traders are betting that the real will post the biggest decline among major currencies after the South African rand over the next three months. While the outlook is bearish, it’s less so than in recent weeks. The risk-reversal measure was at 2.1 percentage points on Monday, compared with 2.8 at the end of last month and 5.03 on Oct. 19, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
And while analysts have turned more bullish on the Brazilian currency over the past two weeks, they still see further decline in 2016. The real will drop 13 percent to 4.2 per dollar in the fourth quarter, according to the analyst estimates .

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