Latin American Stocks Higher with Rising Commodity Prices

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Latin American stocks are higher today, supported by gains in commodity prices. Crude oil futures are higher this morning, with May Brent contracts up 0.81% to $123.88 a barrel in ICE Futures Europe trading and May NYMEX crude up $1 to $104.02 a barrel. Gold and other metal are higher, with June gold rising rising $12.10 to $1,684 an ounce. May copper is up 8 cents to $3.9065 a pound.

Among the Latin American indices:

- Ibovespa up 390.57 (0.61%) to 64,901.54

- IPC up 169.35 (0.43%) to 39,690.59

- Santiago Index IPSA up 4.15 (0.09%) to 4,675.43

- Merval Buenos Aires up 25.25 0.95% 2,683.99

In company news, Gafisa ( GFA ) are down nearly 5% in Monday trade after the Brazilian homebuilder reported a steep loss for 2011, struggling with delays, cancellations and cost overruns. GFA posted a 1.093 billion real ($599.13 million) net loss, down from a 416 million real profit in 2010. Looking forward, GFA is expecting between R$2.7 billion to R$3.3 billion in launches this year, reflecting a more targeted regional focus and the deliberate slowdown of the Tenda business. Gafisa should represent 50% of those starts, with Tenda accounting for about 10% and AlphaVille 40% of launches. During Q1, the Gafisa Group already launched R$400 million.

Also, farm machinery manufacturer Agco Corp. ( AGCO ) and De Lage Landen International BV, a Dutch leasing company, set up a joint venture in Turkey, the country's antitrust board said. The joint venture will be called Agco Finance Finansal Danismanlik Hizmetleri Ltd Sti, according to the AGCO website.



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Referenced Stocks: AGCO , GFA

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