* Brazil's Rousseff calls emergency energy meeting - report
* Energy utilities weigh on Brazil's Bovespa
* Bovespa falls 0.94 pct, Mexico IPC up 0.14 pct
By Asher Levine and Danielle Assalve
SAO PAULO, Jan 7 Brazilian stocks dropped on
Monday, with shares of energy producers driving losses on
concerns over energy rationing in Latin America's largest
Mexico's IPC index posted modest gains, while Chile's
bourse was little changed.
Brazil's benchmark Bovespa stock index slipped for
the second straight session, losing 0.94 percent to 61,932.54.
An index of energy utility shares saw its sharpest
decline since September 2012, losing 2.49 percent after a local
newspaper reported that President Dilma Rousseff called an
emergency meeting with energy officials over potential shortages
due to low water levels at hydroelectric dams.
Officials at the presidential office told Reuters that no
meeting was scheduled.
Driving losses, shares of iron ore giant Vale
lost 1.99 percent while state-oil producer Petrobras
tumbled 1.95 percent.
Shares of state-controlled utility Centrais Eletricas
Brasileiras SA, known as Eletrobras, fell 4.72
percent. Those of rival Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais SA
, known as Cemig, dropped 3.33 percent.
"In truth, nothing is concrete yet, there are just
speculations on the possible meeting and what measures can be
taken," said Anderson Luz, a managing partner with InTrader in
Sao Paulo. "In the short-term it's a negative impact on the
shares, but we are not totally convinced that this is something
to worry about yet."
According to analysts at BTG Pactual Group, if Brazil steps
up the use of thermal plants to supplement hydraulic energy
sources, consumer and industrial rates could go up by as much as
After beginning the day in the red, Mexico's IPC index
rose 0.14 percent to reach a new record high of 44,625.93
Mexico's biggest retailer, Walmart de Mexico,
saw its shares rise 1.1 percent, driving gains in the index.
After the market close, the company reported that sales at its
Mexican stores open for at least a year rose 1.6 percent in
December from a year earlier.
Chile's IPSA index was little changed at 4398.65
Data on Monday showed economic activity in the world's top
copper producer rose faster than expected in November, though
share gains were limited after Finance Minister Felipe Larrain
said economic growth eased in December.