Petrobas spending plan already obsolete – new cuts likely


Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras, which slashed its five-year spending plan by 40% in June, will likely cut back further as growing debt costs, falling oil prices and a weak currency have already made the plan obsolete, two company sources have revealed.

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Petrobras posts sharp decline in profits


Petrobas said its net income has fallen by 89% after the company was hit with a one-time charge for underperforming assets. The Brazilian firm’s quarterly profit fell to $150.4million which was affected by a charge to resolve a tax issue with the country’s federal government as well as fines related to its gas and energy, refining and supply and exploration and production units.

Oil & Gas

Petrobras workers on strike


Brazilian oil workers have begun a 24 hour strike in an effort to halt moves to shrink state-run oil company Petrobas. Union workers, led by FUP – the country’s largest federation of oil workers for refineries and oil platforms – called for employees to walk off their jobs on Thursday at midnight. Petrobas has announced plans to sell $15.1billion of assets by the end of 2016 in a bid to pay down debt.

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Credit downgrade threat sinks Brazil stocks as Petrobras slumps


The Ibovespa fell for a second day, led by Petroleo Brasileiro SA, after Finance Minister Joaquim Levy said that a credit downgrade by Moody’s Investors Service is more likely if Brazil doesn’t make economic adjustments. Traders also pushed down the value of shares after newspaper Folha de S Paulo reported Saturday that lower house President Eduardo Cunha would rebel against the administration by blocking a fiscal-austerity package designed to shrink the budget deficit. His announcement escalated a political crisis that already had driven President Dilma Rousseff’s popularity to a record low and revived talks of impeachment.

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Petrobras damps Ibovespa’s weekly gain as crude prices decline


State-controlled oil producer Petroleo Brasileiro SA pared the weekly advance of the Ibovespa stock index as a decline in crude dimmed the prospects for the company’s offshore investments. Petrobras slipped to a one-week low Friday as the raw material fell toward $50 a barrel in New York. The oil driller, which is at the center of Brazil’s unprecedented corruption probe and accounts for about 10 percent of the benchmark stock index’s weighting, has said investments in offshore production are economically viable with crude above $45.

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Brazilian police target politicians suspected of taking Petrobas bribes


Brazilian police carried out their first search and seizure operations involving politicians suspected of taking bribes in a scandal involving state-run oil firm Petrobras on Tuesday, local media and prosecutors said. Senators Fernando Collor de Mello and Ciro Nogueira are among the names being investigated in the 16th round of the probe, dubbed "Politeia", TV Globo and newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo said. A total of 53 search and seizure operations were carried out in order to prevent evidence from being destroyed, according to statements from the police and federal prosecutors.


Judge rules Petrobas suit can proceed


A US judge has ruled that an investor lawsuit against Petrobas over securities losses stemming from a multi- billion-dollar bribery scheme will go forward, dismissing some but not all claims in the case.