J.C. Penney Co. bailed on Brazil more than a decade ago. In hindsight, sticking it out would have been the smarter move. The market value of Lojas Renner SA, the Brazilian retailer that J.C. Penney divested in 2005 for $230 million, is now $7.9 billion, an increase of more than 3,300 percent. Meanwhile, the iconic American department-store chain has seen its own business founder as U.S. brick-and-mortar outlets buckle under the weight of e-commerce.
The unexpected Brazilian government proposal to privatize Eletrobras could unlock value for shareholders and make the company more efficient, while also changing the dynamics in the entire power sector in Brazil by inspiring other state-owned names such as Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais (Cemig) and Companhia Paranaense de Energia (Copel) to follow suit, analysts from Itau to Santander said.
Starting in March, Brazilians were allowed to withdraw funds from the previously off-limits FGTS, as part of a stimulus President Michel Temer announced in December to help end a two-year recession. By July 41.2 billion reais ($13.2 billion) reais had been taken out, contributing to a 2.5 percent rise in retail sales after nine straight quarters of contraction, according to Rosenberg Consultores Associados. Lower interest rates and a marginal improvement in employment also helped, the firm said.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".