Brazil stocks lower at close of trade; Bovespa down 0.68% – Brazil stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the , and sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Sao Paulo, the fell 0.68%.

The best performers of the session on the were Kroton Educacional SA (SA:), which rose 4.45% or 0.55 points to trade at 12.90 at the close. Meanwhile, Estacio Participacoes SA (SA:) added 3.93% or 0.56 points to end at 14.80 and EcoRodovias SA (SA:) was up 3.22% or 0.24 points to 7.70 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Vale SA (SA:), which fell 5.18% or 1.19 points to trade at 21.78 at the close. Gerdau SA (SA:) declined 4.27% or 0.46 points to end at 10.32 and Bradespar SA (SA:) was down 4.21% or 0.63 points to 14.32.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sao Paulo Stock Exchange by 205 to 162 and 35 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Bovespa options, was down 0.99% to 34.95 a new 1-month low.

Gold for February delivery was down 0.24% or 2.75 to $1130.45 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.67% or 0.35 to hit $52.84 a barrel, while the March US coffee C contract fell 3.71% or 5.35 to trade at $138.90 .

USD/BRL was down 1.19% to 3.2877, while EUR/BRL fell 1.09% to 3.4307.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.04% at 103.08.