O Ibovespathe main index of Brazilian Stock Exchange (B3), fell to just under 109,000 points this Wednesday, the 23rd. It is the second time in a row that the indicator ends the trading session on a low note. The dollar closed practically stable, quoted at R$ 5.37.
In the sights of B3 investors, the challenge presented by the PL on the functioning of the ballot boxes in the 2022 elections, and the expectations about a possible slowdown in the increase in interest rates in the US economy.
Interest in the United States
Information about the possible slowdown in interest rates appeared in the minutes published today by the US Open Market Committee. The body is linked to the Federal Reserve (Fed, its acronym in English), equivalent to the Central Bank of Brazil.
“A substantial majority of participants felt that a slowdown in the pace of increase was likely to be appropriate in the near future,” the minutes state. “The lags and uncertain magnitudes associated with the effects of monetary policy actions on economic activity and inflation are among the reasons cited for the importance of this assessment.”
As for the dispute over the result of this year’s elections, the PL filed a lawsuit with the Superior Electoral Court based on a survey carried out by the Legal Vote Institute. The lawsuit states that “conclusive evidence of the malfunctioning of the electronic voting machines was found through events recorded in the voting machine log files”.
“Only the UE2020 electronic voting machines generated log files with the correct number of the respective identification code”, showed the document. This model corresponds to almost 225,000 ballot boxes, representing 40% of the total number of votes.
According to the party, the vote carried out in the model without anomalies would guarantee 51.05% of the valid votes for President Jair Bolsonaro (PL). That is: if the action is met in full, the current Chief Executive would be victorious.