Latin American markets are mostly higher in late trading, with
Brazil's Ibovespa index rising about 12% after the country's
state-owned energy company raised the wholesale price of diesel
fuel by 5%, effective at midnight Tuesday.
However, Santiago is lower.
U.S.-listed shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA (
), also known as Petrobras, are up 12% to $16.25 each, climbing as
high as $16.43. Other stocks contributing to the Ibovespa's advance
include LLX Logistica SA (LLXL3.SA), controlled by Brazilian
billionaire Eike Batista, is up more than 8% in local trade, while
shares of Latin America's fourth largest electricity supplier,
Electrobras (ELET3.SA), are more than 5% higher.
Also helping Brazilian stocks today is speculation the country's
central bank will keep interest rates at their all-time low
following today's market close, although investors also will be
looking for clues when the bank could raise borrowing costs to keep
a lid on rising inflation.
Mexican stocks are narrowly higher today, boosted by a 9.7% gain
for Grupo Casa Saba SAB de CV (
), a drug-store wholesaler. Real estate developer Desarrolladora
) is up about 7% and has hit new year highs.
Here's where the regional markets stand today:
- Ibovespa was up 896.69. Now up 1,165.3 (+2.1%) to 57,116.
- IPC (Mexico City) up 116 (+0.3%) to 44,129.4.
- Santiago Index IPSA down 51.14 (-1.1%) to 4,518.5.
- Merval Buenos Aires up 35.5 (+1.1%) to 3,228.7.
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