Lojas Americanas S.A. (LAME3) Declines -0.4% on Feb 15

February 15, 2018 - By Linda Rogers

Shares of Lojas Americanas S.A. (BVMF:LAME3) last traded at 12.31, representing a move of -0.4%, or -0.05 per share, on volume of 194,300 shares. After opening the trading day at 12.38, shares of Lojas Americanas S.A. traded in a close range. Lojas Americanas S.A. currently has a total float of 1.92B shares and on average sees 1.18 million shares exchange hands each day. The stock now has a 52-week low of 11.54 and high of 17.08.

Ibovespa: A Witness to Brazilian Economy’s Success

Unknown to the knowledge of many, Brazil is one of today’s fastest-growing economies and the reason behind it is a successfully emerging trade and commerce industry. Needless to say, it is a true pride of the South American economy. Brazil gives chances to a lot of big companies as Lojas Americanas S.A. to receive new clients.

Brazilian Mercantile and Futures (BM&F) Bovespa

The BM&F Bovespa is the main stock exchange in Brazil. Founded on August 23, 1890 as a public entity, it had long been under the strict supervision of the government. By the late 1960s, the government had loosened its grip on the BM&F Bovespa.

In 1972, electronic trading had finally been implemented to make things easier for brokers and investors alike. By the end of the decade, the Sistema Privado de Operacões por Telefone (SPOT) or the Private System of Telephone Trading, a telephone trading system, had been introduced.

The Mega Bolsa, an electronic trading system, had replaced the old one in 1997. Two years later, the Home Broker, an internet-based trading system that enabled individual investors to trade from home online, had been launched.

The BM&F Bovespa had finally been privatized as a profit entity in 2007. It officially became the BM&F Bovespa when the BM&F Exchange and the Bovespa had merged on May 8, 2008 to create a bigger and consolidated stock exchange in Brazil. Lojas Americanas S.A. became one of the active participants of the trading system.

On August 17, 2011, the BM&F Bovespa had recorded its largest daily trading volume of $14.80 billion. On June 18, 2012, it had become one of the founding members of the Sustainable Stock Exchange initiative of the United Nations (UN). As of December 2015, more than 450 companies are listed on the BM&F Bovespa.

Ibovespa Brasil Sao Paulo Stock Exchange Index

The Ibovespa is the benchmark index in Brazil that weighs the top 50 companies listed on the BM&F Bovespa as a market-capitalization-weighted index.

Consequently, it represents roughly 70% of the total market capitalization on the BM&F Bovespa. Founded in 1968, it is also the oldest index measuring BM&F Bovespa companies.

Rebalancing of the Ibovespa happens quarterly to ensure its efficient representation of the trade and commerce environment in Brazil. In order for a company to become eligible for inclusion as an Ibovespa component, it must have been listed and traded on the BM&F Bovespa for not less than a calendar year prior to a particular rebalancing period. Also, more than 80% of its shares must be traded on the BM&F Bovespa to guarantee compelling activity.

The Ibovespa uses a base value of 100 points, which has a base date of January 2, 1968.

The Ibovespa had hit its all-time low of 0 in January 1972. On May 20, 2008, it had hit its all-time high of 73,516 points, which was primarily driven by a positive inflation outlook that caused major industries to surge. Nine days later, the Ibovespa had an intraday high of 73,920 points.

Investors must take advantage of the growth of the South American economy by investing on BM&F Bovespa stocks, especially if they are looking for meaningful long-term returns. Investors turn their attention to the Lojas Americanas S.A. equities.

More notable recent Lojas Americanas S.A. (BVMF:LAME3) news were published by: Reuters.com which released: “Brazil’s Lojas Americanas hires Credit Suisse for offering -blog” on February 02, 2017, also Reuters.com with their article: “Brazil’s Lojas Americanas misses profit estimates” published on November 02, 2017, Reuters.com published: “Brazil’s Lojas Americanas raises $759 million in share offering -source” on March 09, 2017. More interesting news about Lojas Americanas S.A. (BVMF:LAME3) were released by: Reuters.com and their article: “Via Varejo’s imminent sale highlights risks in Brazil appliance market” published on February 09, 2017 as well as Reuters.com‘s news article titled: “Falabella, Steinhoff in race for Brazil’s Via Varejo -newspaper” with publication date: November 24, 2016.

Lojas Americanas S.A. operates a chain of retail stores in Brazil. The company has market cap of $23.62 billion. The Company’s retail chain comprises bricks-and-mortar stores; and e-commerce, kiosks, home shopping, and others in Brazil. It has a 90.51 P/E ratio. The firm offers products in various categories, such as toys, chocolates, candies, apparel, lingerie, CDs and DVDs, games, health and beauty products, housewares, household utilities, stationery, Christmas articles, and cookies.

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