Latin American markets are mostly lower late Tuesday, with
Brazil's Bovespa index sliding almost 0.5% after the country's
state-owned oil and gas company reported disappointing FY12
earnings and cut its dividend in order to save cash and pay for its
U.S.-listed shares of Petroleo Brasileiro (
), also known as Petrobras, are down over 6% and have hit 52 week
lows after the company last night reported a 36% year-over-year
decline in FY12 profit to 21.2 billion Brazilian reais, or about
A rise in shares of Itau unibanco Holding SA (
) is helping offset the decline for Petrobras (
) and other energy firms today after Brazil's second-largest bank
reported a fall in loan delinquencies and a better-than-expected
outlook for bad-loan provisions this year.
Consumer stocks also are higher today, including a 2% gain for
GOL Linhas A (
) despite the Brazilian airline saying it will take a $70.6 million
charge against its Q4 results following the shutdown of its Webjet
unit, news that was announced in November 2012.
Here's where the regional indices stand today:
Ibovespa was down 275.55. Now down 299.5 (-0.5%) to 59,276.
MerVal Buenos Aires down 82.86 (-2.42%) to 3,345.8.
IPC (Mexico City) was down 252.83. Now 177.8 lower (-0.4%) to
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