Stock Quotes in this Article: ABV, CPL, SID, VALE

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SAN FRANCISCO (Stockerblog) -- The four BRIC countries are Brazil, Russia, India and China, with Brazil being the leader of the group. Brazil is one of the largest countries in the world by both population and area and is the largest economy in Latin America. It is also the largest producer of ethanol in the world, which comes from sugarcane.

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    Fortunately, there are plenty of Brazilian stocks available to U.S. investors. One source of information is the book I wrote a few years ago, Investing in Brazil Stocks. Another resource is my free list of Brazil stocks at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com.

    Here are some from the list. Twenty of the stocks on the list pay dividends.

    An example is Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (SID), the second-largest Brazilian steel manufacturer. The company is participating in the growth in the rebuilding of infrastructure and the demand for steel. The stock pays a yield of 4.8% and trades at 12 times forward earnings.

    Vale (VALE) is the second-largest mining company in the world and the largest logistics operator in Brazil. The stock has a price-to-earnings ratio of 9, and a yield of 1.5%.

    Companhia de Bebidas Das Americas (ABV), also known as AmBev, is a distributor of beer, soft drinks, sport drinks and bottled water. The stock has a P/E ratio of 19.6 and provides a yield of 4.8%.

    CPFL Energia (CPL) is one of the largest electrical utilities in Brazil and has a P/E of 15. The yield is 4.3% based on historical dividend payments.

    To see a list of Brazilian stocks that trade in the U.S., check out WallStreetNewsNetwork.com or Investing in Brazil Stocks.

    At the time of writing, author had no positions in stocks mentioned.

    Fred Fuld III, the publisher of stock and bond investing blog Stockerblog and founder of WallStreetNewsNetwork, has been in the financial services industry for over 20 years, working as an investment advisor, options market maker at the Pacific Stock Exchange, vice president of a San Francisco money management firm, university faculty member and wholesaler for the New Alternatives Fund (the first environmentally conscious mutual fund). He is the author of the books Investing in Brazil Stocks and The Green Light on Green Stocks.