Brazilian companies are moving ahead into the year with several deals in the pipeline, putting them right on target as the dominant Latin American issuer.

State-owned oil giant Petrobras is in the market with its fourth transaction, expected to launch later this month. The deal, led by JPMorgan, is expected to be a replication of the company's three previous transactions. Petrobras International Finance Company (PIFCO), an offshore subsidiary that imports the oil for Petrobras, will issue up to $500 million in debt.

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