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Seven Brazilian Stocks on a Roll

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Brazilian stocks saw their best January in six years, due largely to strength in retail, utilities, oil and mining. Here's a quick look at some of the Brazilian stocks on a roll now. They are traded on U.S. exchanges and all pay some dividend.

Companhia de Bebidas Das Americas (NYSE: ABV) ADS are trading about 46% higher than a year ago to near its 52-week high. Also known as AMBEV, this Sao Paolo-based company is a beer and soft drink producer founded in 1888. The $116.7 billion market cap company also has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Its return on equity is 33.4% and its operating margin is higher than those of competitors such as Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) and Fomento Economico Mexicano (NYSE: FMX).

Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (NYSE: SID) is more than 32% higher year to date, crossing above the 200-day moving average recently, but still more than 34% below the 52-week high. This integrated steel producer is based in Sao Paolo, has a market cap of $15.8 billion and its dividend yield is 5.9%. The return on equity is 50.5% and the long-term EPS growth forecast is 13.9%. The stock has outperformed competitor United States Steel (NYSE: X) over the past six months.

Cosan (NYSE: CZZ) is up more than 24% since the beginning of the year despite pulling back about 4% from a recent 52-week high. Based in Sao Paulo, this company is the largest sugar producer in Brazil and also produces ethanol. Its dividend yield is 2.1% and the market cap is $3.7 billion. EPS have grown more than 140% over the past five years. Over the past six months, the stock has outperformed competitors Bunge (NYSE: BG) and Imperial Sugar (NASDAQ: IPSU).

See also: Five Latin America Stocks for 2012.

Gerdau (NYSE: GGB) jumped almost 11% in the past week and is more than 36% higher year to date. This steel producer is seeking to sell 40% of mining unit for $2.5 billion, according to a recent Bloomberg report. This Porto Alegre-based company has a market cap of $18.3 billion and a dividend yield of 2.5%. The long-term EPS growth forecast is 20.4%. Over the past six months, the stock has outperformed competitors Nucor (NYSE: NUE) and Companhia Siderurgica Nacional.

Itau Unibanco Holding (NYSE: ITUB) shares are trading about 17% higher than six months ago, including up about 11% in the past month. This was one of the banks recently hit by attacks from Anonymous hackers. The Sao Paulo-based lender has a market cap of $95.5 billion, a long-term EPS growth forecast of 12.9% and a dividend yield of 0.4%. Over the past six months, the stock has outperformed the likes of Banco Bradesco (NYSE: BBD) and Banco Santander (NYSE: BSBR).

TAM (NYSE: TAM) shares are trading more than 14% higher year to date but still more than 8% below the 52-week high. The airline is in the process of merging with Lan Airlines (NYSE: LFL), which is based in Chile. TAM has a dividend yield of 3.3% and the operating margin is better than the industry average. Revenues in 2011 are expected to be up 13.3% year over year. Over the past six months, the stock has outperformed competitors Lan Airlines and GOL Linhas (NYSE: GOL).

Ultrapar Holdings (NYSE: UGP) is up more than 21% year to date, but has pulled back about 2.5% from a recent 52-week high. The petrochemicals company saw flat EPS in Q3 and reports next on February 23. Based in Sao Paulo, the company has a market cap of $2.8 billion, a dividend yield of 2.7% and a long-term EPS growth forecast of 20.0%. The recent surge helped the stock outperform peers such as Magellon Midstream Partners (NYSE: MMP) over the past six months.

See also: Brazil's Stealthy ETF Studs.

ACTION ITEMS:

Bullish: Investors interested in exchange traded funds focused on Brazil might want to consider the following trades:

  • ProShares Ultra MSCI Brazil (NYSE: UBR) is almost 40% higher year to date.
  • Global X Brazil Consumer ETF (NYSE: BRAQ) is more than 20% higher year to date.
  • iShares MSCI Brazil Index (NYSE: EWZ) is almost 19% higher year to date.
  • Global X Brazil Mid Cap ETF (NYSE: BRAZ) is almost 18% higher year to date.
Bearish:

Traders may prefer to consider these alternative positions:

  • ProShares UltraShort MSCI Brazil (NYSE: BZQ) is trading near the 52-week low.
  • Direxion Daily Latin America Bear 3X Shares (NYSE: LHB) is trading near the 52-week low.
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