By Richard Rittorno
Petrobras (PBR) is taking Brazil down with it. PBR is a major index-weighted stock and major drag on investing in Brazil.
Earnings came in lower than expected as the company is spending too much money importing -- that's right, importing -- diesel and gasoline bought abroad. It is selling imported fuel at a 12% loss. Debt and balance sheet issues continue to plague the company.
Credit rating is something that starts to look vulnerable, especially as last week's very disappointing domestic gas price increase was too small to help the company's free cash flow (FCF) squeeze. Where are the positive catalysts in the coming quarters? How many investors have said now is the time to bottom-fish on PBR in the last 18 months? Too many. PBR may soon displace Russia's Gazprom (GZPFY) as the most-hated stock in global emerging markets.