The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ), the largest exchange traded fund tracking Brazilian stocks, fell another 4.2% yesterday, cascading to another multi-year low and extending its one-month loss to over 16%.
Slack GDP estimates and a tumbling real are among the downside catalysts pressuring Brazilian stocks and EWZ. Brazil’s planning ministry attributes a major portion of the turn to the projected depreciation of about 21% in the real currency against the U.S. dollar. [Brazil ETF Slides, Bleeds Assets]
Brazil’s real is in a wicked slump against against the dollar and resides at multi-year lows against the greenback. The real could face increasing pressure as global investors price in the rising odds of additional credit downgrades for Brazil. [Bad News for Brazil ETFs]
Last week, Standard & Poor’s stripped Brazil of its investment-grade credit rating and some market observers believe further credit downgrades for the country are possible, perhaps in the near-term.
With that confluence of negative factors, it could be tempting for some investors to bet the worst news has been fully priced into Brazilian stocks. However, EWZ’s rapid descent could be a sign that it still is not safe for investors to dip their toes into these waters.