Simplex Trading LLC Boosts Holdings in iShares MSCI Brazil Index (EWZ)

Simplex Trading LLC raised its stake in iShares MSCI Brazil Index (NYSEARCA:EWZ) by 117.3% in the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The fund owned 256,239 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock after buying an additional 138,306 shares during the quarter. Simplex Trading LLC’s holdings in iShares MSCI Brazil Index were worth $10,364,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently bought and sold shares of EWZ. Bridgewater Associates LP grew its position in shares of iShares MSCI Brazil Index by 6.4% during the 2nd quarter. Bridgewater Associates LP now owns 6,263,655 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock worth $213,841,000 after buying an additional 374,414 shares during the period. JPMorgan Chase & Co. grew its position in shares of iShares MSCI Brazil Index by 588.6% during the 3rd quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 5,897,355 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock worth $241,616,000 after buying an additional 5,040,877 shares during the period. Turim 21 Investimentos Ltda. acquired a new stake in shares of iShares MSCI Brazil Index during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $211,867,000. Verde Servicos Internacionais S.A. acquired a new stake in shares of iShares MSCI Brazil Index during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $101,223,000. Finally, Rafferty Asset Management LLC grew its position in shares of iShares MSCI Brazil Index by 123.2% during the 2nd quarter. Rafferty Asset Management LLC now owns 2,420,729 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock worth $82,644,000 after buying an additional 1,336,073 shares during the period.

Shares of iShares MSCI Brazil Index (NYSEARCA:EWZ) traded down $0.03 during trading hours on Wednesday, hitting $42.31. 14,298,536 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 17,060,014. iShares MSCI Brazil Index has a 12 month low of $31.78 and a 12 month high of $44.03. The firm has a market cap of $8,020.00 and a PE ratio of -5.88.

The firm also recently declared a semiannual dividend, which was paid on Thursday, January 4th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 29th were given a dividend of $0.0504 per share. This represents a dividend yield of 0.25%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 28th. iShares MSCI Brazil Index’s dividend payout ratio is -9.58%.

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About iShares MSCI Brazil Index

iShares MSCI Brazil Capped Index Fund (the Fund), formerly iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund, seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of publicly traded securities in the Brazilian market, as measured by the MSCI Brazil Index (the Index).

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for iShares MSCI Brazil Index (NYSEARCA:EWZ)

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