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Qualicorp S.A. (QUAL3) Moved Up 0.56% on Dec 8

December 8, 2017 - By Marie Mckinney

Shares of Qualicorp S.A. (BVMF:QUAL3) last traded at 30.27, representing a move of 0.56%, or 0.17 per share, on volume of 38,100 shares. After opening the trading day at 30.37, shares of Qualicorp S.A. traded in a close range. Qualicorp S.A. currently has a total float of 285.07 million shares and on average sees 1.93 million shares exchange hands each day. The stock now has a 52-week low of 16.76 and high of 38.93.

Ibovespa Brasil Sao Paulo Stock Exchange Index (IBOV): Driving Brazil Economy

Ibovespa Brasil Sao Paulo Stock Exchange Index (IBOV) is the main benchmark index of equities traded on Brazil’s Sao Paulo Stock Exchange, also known as Bovespa. The index market capitalization-weighted and it tracks top 50 most active and most liquid stocks on Bovespa. Components of the index make up 70% of Bovespa’s total market cap. It also includes stocks of Qualicorp S.A. company.

Rebalancing of the index

IBOV is reshuffled quarterly to ensure that it remains a true representation of the most active Sao Paulo exchange stocks. When the index is rebalanced, components that have fallen short of its listing requirements are dropped and newly qualified stocks are added. Dropped stocks that regain compliance may be readmitted to replace newly removed stocks.

The index is also adjusted to reflect changes in the market cap of its components. Such changes may arise from companies issuing new stocks in right issue arrangements or outstanding convertible debts converting into equity. Ranks of Qualicorp S.A. guarantee better reliability.

Index listing eligibility requirements

For a stock to qualify for inclusion in the index, it must have been listed on Bovespa for at least 12 months. The stock must have more than 80% of its shares traded on the exchange. Additionally, the stock must demonstrate a certain level of liquidity. For example, [Stock’s] liquidity shows its ability to give investors’ assets back.

IBOV reached a lifetime low of 0 point in January of 1972, a result of a widespread bear run in equity markets. The index touched its lifetime high of 73516 points in May 2008, supported by gains in the country’s construction, banking and utility sector after policymakers raised inflation outlook.

The stock market

More than 450 companies are listed on Bovespa. The largest daily volume ever traded on the stock market is $14.8 billion. The record volume milestone was reached on August 17, 2011.

Bovespa was established in 1890 as a provider of stock exchange services. But the exchange was tightly controlled by the government for many years, including the government appointing brokers who operate on the exchange. But an expanding Brazilian economy and stock market necessitated reforms of the country’s securities laws. That led to the government relaxing its grip on the exchange a bit.

But a major breakthrough came in 2007 when Bovespa was demutualized so now it operates as a profit company. Bovespa operates overseas offices in New York City, London and Shanghai. The index has been upgraded multiple times, including roll out of automated systems in 1972.

Trading hours

Trading on Bovespa begins at 9.45 p.m. for a pre-market session that lasts 15 minutes and ends at 10.00 a.m. The end of the pre-market session gives way to regular trading session that begins at 10.00 a.m. and runs until 5.30 p.m. Bovespa allows post-market activity that starts at 6.00 p.m. and continues until 7.30 p.m. The market is open for trading all weekdays except on holidays. Bovespa is closed on weekends.

Interest in Brazilian stocks

Investors are piling into Brazilian stocks lately following the change in the country’s top leadership and hopes that the new administration will continue the war against corruption. Prospects of rising commodity prices and international companies expanding into the country are two other reasons investors are drawn to Brazilian equities. Qualicorp S.A. raised demand for its equities as well.

More important recent Qualicorp S.A. (BVMF:QUAL3) news were published by: Reuters.com which released: “Carlyle buys majority stake in Brazil’s Tempo, aims to take it private” on November 09, 2015, also Barrons.com published article titled: “Petrobras, 9 More Picks to Play Brazil Recovery”, Law360.com published: “Bain Spends $851M To Beef Up Brazil Health Holdings” on March 25, 2014. More interesting news about Qualicorp S.A. (BVMF:QUAL3) was released by: Reuters.com and their article: “Carlyle to buy controlling stake in Brazil’s Tok&Stok” with publication date: September 13, 2012.

Qualicorp S.A. operates as a healthcare benefits administrator and health management services well-known provider in Brazil. The company has market cap of $8.63 billion. The firm operates in two divisions, Affinity, and Corporate and Other. It has a 24.63 P/E ratio. The Affinity segment negotiates contracts with health plan operators on behalf of professional associations.

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