EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil stocks choppy on earnings concerns: steel shares rally

Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:55am EST

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    By Asher Levine
    SAO PAULO, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Brazilian stocks were choppy
on Tuesday as investors remained cautious over the next crop of
corporate earnings results, though steel shares lent support.
    Mexico's IPC index fell its most in a month following
a recent rally, while Chile's bourse edged lower.
    Brazil's benchmark Bovespa stock index rose 0.13
percent to 60,103.82 in early afternoon trading after spending
most of the session in negative territory.
    "We are at a very critical point at 60,000 points," said
Anderson Luz, a partner at brokerage InTrader in Sao Paulo.
"It's a psychological support level, and if we break it, we'll
likely see the index sliding as far as 57,750."
    Many investors have refrained from taking long or
medium-term positions in the Bovespa in recent weeks, analysts
said, due to worries that local companies are unlikely to post
encouraging fourth-quarter results, especially following weak
third-quarter growth in Brazil's economy.
    "The market will need to see good results in order to
advance and the expectations are not the best," Luz added.
    Shares of steelmaker Cia Siderúrgica Nacional SA 
rose over 3 percent after a local newspaper reported that state
development bank BNDES could deploy up to 4 billion
reais ($2 billion) to help bankroll the firm's potential
purchase of ThyssenKrupp AG's Steel Americas unit.
 
    Rival steelmakers Usinas Siderurgicas de Minas Gerais SA
 and Gerdau SA rose 3.9 percent and 1.6
percent, respectively, after Goldman Sachs Group Inc analyst
Marcelo Aguiar said in a Tuesday report that recent
underperformance in Brazilian steel shares was unjustified and
seemed "excessive."
    Preferred shares of iron-ore mining giant Vale 
fell 0.7 percent after the company said on Monday that it would
propose shareholder dividends of at least $4 billion this year,
two-thirds of the minimum dividends approved in 2012, following
a global slowdown and a drop in iron ore prices. 
    Mexico's IPC index fell 0.32 percent to 45,764.07,
pulling back from a recent rally that pushed stocks up nearly 5
percent this month.
    A technical indicator known as the relative strength index
remained in "overbought" territory, however, indicating stocks
may have room to fall further in coming sessions.
    Telecommunications firm America Movil, controlled
by billionaire Carlos Slim, fell 0.44 percent, contributing most
to the IPC's loss, while mining firm Grupo Mexico 
rose 0.6 percent.
    Chile's IPSA index fell for the first session in
three, losing 0.32 percent to 4,504.25.
    Conglomerate AntarChile fell 2.75 percent,
contributing most to the index's losses, while Banco de Chile
 lost 0.7 percent.

    Latin America's key stock indexes at 1433 GMT:
    
 Stock indexes                            daily %     YTD %
                                Latest     change    change
 MSCI LatAm                    3,943.05      0.57      3.23
                                                   
 Brazil Bovespa               60,103.82      0.13     -1.39
                                                   
 Mexico IPC                   45,764.07     -0.32      4.71
                                                   
 Chile IPSA                    4,504.25     -0.32      4.72
                                                   
 Chile IGPA                   21,973.89     -0.26      4.29
                                                   
 Argentina MerVal              3,354.05      0.35     17.51
                                                   
 Colombia IGBC                14,962.14     -0.10      1.67
                                                   
 Peru IGRA                    20,936.50      0.05      1.49
                                                   
 Venezuela IBC               491,958.50     -0.01      4.35
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