Argentine Stocks: Banco Frances, Petrobras Argentina and Molinos

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 0.5 percent to 2,276.42.

BBVA Banco Frances SA (FRAN AF) retreated 1.5 percent to 7.39 pesos. Spain’s Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA, the parent bank of Banco Frances, had its long-term credit rating cut yesterday by Moody’s Investors Service to Baa3 from A3.

Petrobras Argentina SA (PESA AF) gained 2.8 percent to 5.12 pesos. The Argentine unit of Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA discovered a new oil and gas deposit in Santa Cruz province, according to a statement distributed yesterday by e-mail.

Molinos Rio de la Plata SA (MOLI AF) advanced 1.1 percent to 22.50 pesos. Argentina’s largest food company bought snack company Emprendimientos Joralfa SA for $15.2 million, according to a statement sent yesterday to the Buenos Aires stock exchange.

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