Latin American markets are lower today, matching declines
elsewhere globally on trader worries over the standoff between the
White House and U.S. Congressional Republicans over raising that
nation's $16.4-trillion debt limit.
Here's where the regional markets stand today:
- Ibovespa was down 68.5 points. Now down 104 (-0.2%) to
- IPC (Mexico City) was down 37 points. Now 60 points lower
(-0.1%) to 44,803.
- Santiago Index IPSA down 10.6 (-0.3%) to 3,833.8.
- Merval Buenos Aires was down 22.45. Now down 14.7 (-0.5%) to
In company news, Petroleo Brasileiro SA (
) - also known as Petrobras - is up about 1% after a local
newspaper reported the Brazilian government may authorize a hike in
fuel prices next week, aiding the bottom line of the state-owned
PBR today also retained GE Oil & Gas (
) to supply turbomachinery equipment and services on four of its
new floating production, storage and offloading units off the
Brazil coast. The contract is worth over $500 million, GE said.
Also, U.S.-listed shares of Gafisa SA (
) are up more than 2% at just over $5, earlier advancing about 5%
to $5.16 after the homebuilder reported a strong rebound in Q4
sales and housing starts, according to a regulatory filing last
night. Unit deliveries rose 43% over year-ago levels to 9,378 units
during the quarter, near the top of its guidance and lifting the
company to a 20% increase in deliveries for the year. Total sales
last year reached $1.29 billion.