EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil stocks track global shares up, Gerdau weighs

Tue May 7, 2013 11:39am EDT

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* Bovespa opens lower on earnings, rebounds after U.S. open
    * Gerdau shares down on weak first-quarter steel output
    * Brazil Bovespa rises 0.95 pct, Mexico IPC gains 0.15 pct

    By Asher Levine and Brad Haynes
    SAO PAULO, May 7 (Reuters) - Brazilian stocks tracked global
markets higher on Tuesday as the outlook for ongoing monetary
stimulus from the world's major central banks and encouraging
industrial data from Germany fed demand for riskier assets.
    Chile's bourse rose for the fourth session in five,
while weak sales at Mexico's biggest retailer limited an advance
by the country's IPC index.
    German industrial orders rose unexpectedly in March due to 
strong demand from the euro zone, bolstering hopes for Europe's
largest economy. 
    "The production numbers in Germany were really good and
that's helping stocks globally," said Pedro Galdi, an analyst
with SLW Corretora in Sao Paulo. "But we're still seeing a lot
of volatility with all the Brazilian corporate earnings today."
    Gains in Brazil's benchmark Bovespa stock index were
limited as shares of oil producer OGX and steelmaker
Gerdau both declined due to concerns over output.
    Gerdau SA's production in the first quarter fell from a year
earlier due to maintenance, the company said Tuesday in an
earnings release. OGX Petroleo e Gas Participacoes SA, the oil
company controlled by billionaire Eike Batista, reported that
plunging offshore oil output dragged down April production.
  
    Still, continued monetary stimulus from the world's central
banks gave encouraging signs for the global economy.
    European Central Bank President Mario Draghi on Monday
reiterated the bank's readiness to cut interest rates again if
the euro zone economy deteriorates further. 
    Australia's central bank cut interest rates to a record low
on Tuesday, signalling there was room for more easing.
 
    Mexico's IPC index gained 0.15 percent as a technical
trend indicator known as the MACD neared a bullish cross,
suggesting the bourse could soon turn around a 4 percent slide
over the past three weeks.
    Shares in Mexico's biggest retailer, Wal-Mart de Mexico
, fell more than 2 percent after it reported a
decline in April sales at stores that had been open for at least
a year. 
    Chile's IPSA index rose 0.32 percent, although a
technical indicator known as the slow stochastics neared a sell
signal in overbought territory, pointing to limited room for
more gains after a 2 percent rally over the past week.
    Latin America's key stock indexes at 1508 GMT:
 Stock indexes           Latest          daily %      YTD %
                                          change     change
 MSCI LatAm                  3,784.72       1.01      -1.34
                                                  
 Brazil Bovespa             55,957.78       0.95      -8.19
                                                  
 Mexico IPC                 42,263.14       0.15      -3.30
                                                  
 Chile IPSA                  4,342.58       0.32       0.96
                                                  
 Chile IGPA                 21,223.86       0.21       0.73
                                                  
 Argentina MerVal            3,986.30       0.95      39.66
                                                  
 Colombia IGBC              13,421.56       0.07       5.97
                                                  
 Peru IGRA                  17,597.54      -0.61     -14.70
                                                  
 Venezuela IBC             681,531.81          0      44.56
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