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CSN Leads Brazil Stocks as Profit Exceeds Estimates: Rio Mover

Cia. Siderurgica Nacional SA (SID), the third-biggest Brazilian steelmaker, led gains in the country’s benchmark stock index after reporting better-than-expected profit.

Shares of the company known as CSN jumped 6.3 percent to 6.89 reais at 11:19 a.m. in Sao Paulo, heading to its highest close since July 29. The stock, which traded at 79 percent of its three-month daily average volume, was the best performer on Brazil’s Ibovespa index today.

CSN posted late yesterday second-quarter adjusted net income of 494.5 million reais ($214.8 million), beating the 97.2 million reais average adjusted net loss estimated in a Bloomberg survey. Increased margins in the company’s steel division boosted profit above expectation, Brasil Plural CCTVM analysts led by Renato Antunes said in a note to clients.

“Almost unscathed and significantly above consensus, CSN rode out second quarter with a positive performance in both steel and iron ore,” the analysts said yesterday. “The slight decrease of off balance-sheet tax liabilities is welcomed.”

(CSN is hosting a conference call with investors today that started at 10 a.m. New York time.)

To contact the reporter on this story: Juan Pablo Spinetto in Rio de Janeiro at jspinetto@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Attwood at jattwood3@bloomberg.net

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