iShares MSCI Brazil Index (NYSEARCA:EWZ) saw a significant decrease in short interest in December. As of December 15th, there was short interest totalling 25,458,438 shares, a decrease of 20.0% from the November 30th total of 31,811,328 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 21,353,204 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 1.2 days.

Shares of iShares MSCI Brazil Index (NYSEARCA EWZ) opened at $41.68 on Wednesday. iShares MSCI Brazil Index has a fifty-two week low of $31.78 and a fifty-two week high of $44.03. The stock has a market cap of $7,900.00 and a PE ratio of -5.79.

The firm also recently declared a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 4th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 29th will be issued a $0.0504 dividend. This represents a dividend yield of 0.25%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 28th. iShares MSCI Brazil Index’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently -9.58%.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. lifted its stake in shares of iShares MSCI Brazil Index by 11.1% during the third quarter. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. now owns 43,907 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock valued at $1,831,000 after buying an additional 4,379 shares during the period. Caxton Associates LP purchased a new position in shares of iShares MSCI Brazil Index during the third quarter valued at approximately $4,169,000. First Allied Advisory Services Inc. purchased a new position in shares of iShares MSCI Brazil Index during the third quarter valued at approximately $232,000. HWG Holdings LP purchased a new position in shares of iShares MSCI Brazil Index during the third quarter valued at approximately $2,256,000. Finally, Envestnet Asset Management Inc. lifted its stake in shares of iShares MSCI Brazil Index by 5.3% during the third quarter. Envestnet Asset Management Inc. now owns 220,106 shares of the exchange traded fund’s stock valued at $9,178,000 after buying an additional 11,045 shares during the period.

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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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