Braskem books deep loss on currency swing: 
– Net loss 1.05 bln reais vs 532 mln reais profit year ago
– Plunging currency adds to 2 bln reais financial loss

Gerdau beats profit estimate; EBITDA down on costs:

– Profit jumps 17% yoy, beats analysts’ estimates
– Lower financial expenses, taxes prop up net income
– Output rises 14 pct, sales up 10 pct, pressing costs
– Results indicate Gerdau weathering tough environment
Telefonica Brasil Q3 margins slip:

– Executives see cost pressures through end of year
– Q3 net income gains 7 pct yr/yr to 1.33 bln reais
– Profit margins pinched by mounting competition

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