NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Deutsche Bank (DB) - Get Report closed lower by 1.29% to $18.42 on Wednesday, as the firm is planning to cut roughly half of its employees in Brazil.

At least four directors and one vice president were laid off yesterday, according to sources cited by Bloomberg.

In October, Deutsche Bank said it intended to cut about 26,000 jobs around the world in the next two years as part of co-CEO John Cryan's strategy to revamp the firm and boost returns.

The bank will retain its global transaction-banking business in Brazil, such as its cash management for clients, trade finance and securities services, Bloomberg noted.

The firm will also maintain its domestic asset management and corporate finance units, but the domestic trading operations will be moved to global hubs from Brazil.

Deutsche Bank's workforce in Brazil totaled 334 as of December 2014, Bloomberg added.

The Frankfurt-based investment bank offers a range of products and services in investment, corporate and retail banking and asset and wealth management.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings Team has a "sell" with a ratings score of D+.

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