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Argentine Stocks: Boldt SA And YPF SA Advance; Metrogas Retreats

Dec. 27 (Bloomberg) -- The following companies had unusual price changes in Argentine trading. Stock symbols are in parentheses and share prices are as of the close in Buenos Aires.

The Merval Index fell 0.4 percent to 2,457.37.

Boldt SA (BOLT AF) advanced 3.8 percent to 3.82 pesos. The Argentine software developer and IT services company has gained 8.5 percent since it reported Dec. 23 the sale of a 10 percent stake in a local casino.

Metrogas SA (METR AF), the Argentine natural gas distribution company, fell 9.8 percent to 0.812 pesos, the steepest decline since November 2009. YPF SA, Argentina’s largest energy company, said Dec. 23 it won’t exercise an option to buy shares of Gas Argentino SA and Metroenergia SA from BG Group Plc. Gas Argentino owns 70 percent of Metrogas, according to the company’s website.

YPF (YPFD AF) rose 1.2 percent to 166 pesos, its third day of gains.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eduardo Thomson in Santiago at ethomson1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David Papadopoulos at papadopoulos@bloomberg.net

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