ADRs of oil and gas explorer YPF, bank BBVA and Latin America-focused wireless firm NII Holdings (NASDAQ:NIHD) fell sharply today in reaction to a setback for Argentina's defaulted bonds which sent the country's markets reeling, taking select U.S.-listed stocks lower.
The U.S. Supreme Court today left intact rulings that may force Argentina to pay billions of dollars to holders of repudiated bonds, rejecting an appeal in a case that has blocked the country from international debt markets for more than a decade and could prompt the government to default for a second time in 13 years.
Shares of Telecom Argentina (TEO +8.1%) are up sharply, even though no news has hit the wires.
54.7% of TEO shares are owned by Nortel Inversora (NTL +7.6%), itself 68% owned by Telecom Italia (TI) and 32% owned by the Werthein Group. (20-F)
One possible reason for today's jump is the potential of a sale by Telecom Italia of its 37.2% indirect stake in TEO, as the Italian giant contends with the threat of a credit downgrade. The beleaguered telco recently ruled out floating a stock offering as a means to pare its onerous €28.8B net debt load, and has nixed a number of other strategic alternatives.
Nortel Inversora SA through its holding Telecom Argentina S.A., provides fixed-line public telecommunication services, international long-distance service, data transmission, Internet services & directories publishing services in Argentina.