ADRs End Lower; ArcelorMittal, British American Tobacco and Argentine companies Trade Actively
International stocks trading in New York closed lower on Wednesday.
The S&P/BNY Mellon index of American depositary receipts fell 0.8% to 138.83. The European index fell 0.6% to 130.30. The Asian index decreased 1% to 158.19. The Latin American index decreased 0.8% to 240.42. And the emerging-markets index went down 1.2% to 295.13.
ArcelorMittal's shares may have reached rock bottom after losing around 50% of their value since early 2018, Goldman Sachs says. While the European steel market remains tough, share prices for steelmakers have dropped well below intrinsic valuations, suggesting they don't have much further to fall, the bank says. ArcelorMittal's proposed production cuts at its European mills, lower iron-ore prices and a potential review of EU tariffs all contribute to an improved outlook for the sector, Goldman says. The bank upgrades ArcelorMittal to buy from neutral and shaves its target price to EUR19.50 from EUR20.50. ADRs of ArcelorMittal fell 3% to $16.43.
British American Tobacco's overall group growth was encouraging, though its loss of cigarette market share in the year so far is set to cause jitters, says Jefferies. The brokerage says the market is likely to upgrade its earnings per share forecasts by 1-2% after the company's comments on the full-year outlook for sales, pretax earnings, adjusted operating margins and earnings per share. Still, it notes that one of BAT's core strengths has been continued share gains for the last several years. "The fact that cigarette volume share is down 10 basis points in the year to date is, therefore, likely to cause some concern," Jefferies analysts say. ADRs of British American Tobacco fell 5% to $39.96.
Shares of Argentine companies with American depository receipts that trade in New York rose amid recent press reports that Argentina may be talking with its larger neighbor, Brazil, about a currency union. The ADRs for Pampa Energia SA and Edenor SA (EDN), two utilities, rose 12.6% and 9.3% respectively, while construction-materials company Loma Negra Compania Industrial Argentina SA's (LOMA) shares jumped 6.4% and natural-gas firm Transportadora de Gas del Sur SA shares gained 4.6%. "A currency union is obviously a good idea in principle, especially for Argentina, whose institutions have yet to discover the secret sauce behind price stability," investment manager Ashmore said.