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Autlan, OGX, Petrobras, Walmex: Latin America Equity Preview

The following companies may have unusual price changes in Latin American trading. Stock symbols are in parentheses and share prices reflect the previous close.

The MSCI Latin America Index rose 3.4 percent to 3,393.00.


Light SA (LIGT3 BS): Brazil’s second-biggest electricity distributor is studying the purchase of a minority stake in Norte Energia SA, according to a statement to Brazil’s regulator. Norte Energia is responsible for the construction and future operation of a hydroelectric plant, according to the statement. The stock retreated 0.9 percent to 24.35 reais.

OGX Petroleo & Gas Participacoes SA (OGXP3 BS): The oil company controlled by billionaire Eike Batista signed a contract with Shell Western Supply and Trading Ltd. for its first two cargoes of oil produced from the Waimea field off Brazil’s coast. The contract includes 1.2 million barrels of oil, OGX said yesterday in an e-mailed statement. The shares rallied 4.4 percent to 11.28 reais.

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4 BS): Brazil’s state-controlled oil company and Venezuela’s state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA have until the end of the month to reach an agreement on the construction of the Abreu e Lima refinery in Pernambuco after Brazil’s development bank Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Economico e Social accepted PDVSA’s guarantee for financing, Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said yesterday. The shares jumped 3.5 percent to 18.85 reais.


Cruz Blanca Salud SA (CRUZBLAN CC): Chile’s second-largest health services provider registered a unit in Peru as part of an international expansion plan, according to a statement posted on the website of Chile’s securities regulator. The shares added 3.8 percent to 460 pesos.


Cia. Minera Autlan SAB (AUTLANB MM): North America’s largest manganese producer said third-quarter sales fell 5 percent and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, known as Ebitda, declined 35 percent from the same period a year earlier amid lower magnesium prices and higher electrical costs.

Sales rose 4 percent and Ebitda increased 6 percent compared with the second quarter, Autlan said in a preliminary earnings release with the Mexican stock exchange. The shares slipped 0.1 percent to 13.56 pesos.

Consorcio Ara SAB (ARA* MM): Moody’s Investors Service confirmed the company’s national scale issuer rating and the Ba2 global local currency issuer rating. The rating outlook remains stable, Moody’s said. Shares of Mexico’s fourth-largest homebuilder climbed 0.8 percent to 3.91 pesos.

Wal-Mart de Mexico SAB (WALMEXV MM): Latin America’s largest retailer said same-store sales rose 4.2 percent in September from a year earlier. Total sales for Mexico and Central America were 29.1 billion pesos ($2.2 billion), the company said in a statement to the Mexican stock exchange. The shares rose 1.8 percent to 33.01 pesos.

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