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Rosneft Drops as MSCI Cancels Weighting Increase on Buyback

May 21 (Bloomberg) -- OAO Rosneft, Russia’s biggest oil producer, fell to a two-week low as MSCI Inc. canceled a decision to increase the stock’s weighting in its Russia Index.

Rosneft dropped 1.4 percent to 194.99 rubles by the close in Moscow, the lowest level since May 8. The 30-stock Micex Index added 2.1 percent to 1,298.42.

MSCI will not increase Rosneft’s weighting until the results of the company’s share buyback are known, MSCI said in an e-mailed statement May 18. The company would have become the fourth-biggest Russian stock on the index with a 6.4 percent weighting, according to a copy of MSCI’s initial report, e-mailed on May 16.

“The uncertainty that has re-emerged is clearly technically negative for Rosneft,” VTB Capital analysts led by Alexey Zabotkin said in an e-mailed note today. The company had been the “undisputed leader in this MSCI 10/40 race,” they wrote.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ksenia Galouchko in Moscow at kgalouchko1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Gavin Serkin at gserkin@bloomberg.net

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