Cap SA, Chile’s largest iron-ore mining company and steel producer, fell the most in two weeks after Banco Santander cut its profit estimates and said a recent jump in the stock price was unjustified.
Cap retreated 4.2 percent to 12,007 pesos at the close in Santiago, the most since Aug. 27. It was the worst performance on the benchmark IPSA index, which closed little changed.
Santander reiterated its recommendation on Santiago-based Cap’s shares at the equivalent of sell, with a year-end price target of 9,400 pesos by the end of 2014. The bank cited lower forecasts for iron prices in an e-mailed report today.
New iron ore output from Australian producers and “unsustainable” growth in Chinese steel production will pressure iron prices, the analysts Rodrigo Ordonez and Francisco Errandonea wrote in the report. Cap’s 22 percent gain in the past month lacks compelling reasons, Santander said.
Santander cut its estimates for the company’s earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization by 7 percent for 2013 and 9 percent for next year.