Emerging Market ADRs: Winners and Losers

NEW YORK (Thestreet) -- Global market indices had a positive run last week, except China's Shanghai Composite Index which dropped 1% during the week. Meanwhile, India's Nifty and Brazil's Bovespa were up 0.2% and 1.1%, respectively last week. The Dow Jones and the S&P 500 gained 1% each during the past week.

China: Winners and Losers

Fuwei Films (Holdings) ( FFHL) was at the helm of the advancers' list last week, gaining 21.1%, after the company announced that it received lowest anti-dumping duty (ADD) rate of 30.91%, while the ADD for four other Chinese companies was 36.93%, as the US Department of Commerce began its annual anti-dumping duty review. Suntech Power Holdings ( STP) was up 20.2% after analysts at Canaccord Genuity upgraded the company's shares to hold from sell, raising the price target to $10 from the earlier $7.

LJ International ( JADE) gained 19.5% last week. The company recently announced the opening of its 138th ENZO retail jewelry store in Wuxi, China. With this launch, the company is on track to meet its goal of 200 stores by the end 2011. China Nepstar Chain Drugstore ( NPD) advanced 13.5% last week, after analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares to neutral from underperform.

Solar stocks LDK Solar ( LDK), JA Solar Holdings ( JASO), and Canadian Solar ( CSIQ) were up 11.8%, 10.1%, and 10.0%, respectively, gaining ahead of the expected robust earnings release. Moreover, an industry analyst estimates a significant rise in new photovoltaic installations during the first quarter of 2011.

Yingli Green Energy ( YGE) rose 9.9% after reporting impressive fourth quarter results. Yingli's earnings per share increased multi-fold to 52 cents from the year-ago period. Revenue escalated 66% on soaring demand from Europe. With the U.S. estimated to account for a bigger share in sales, the company forecasts 2011 shipments increasing by 60%-65%.

Xinhua Sports & Entertainment ( XSELD) led the pack of losers, declining 93.3% past week. Steel processing company, China Precision Steel ( CPSL) followed, losing 8.9% after reporting weaker-than-expected earnings per share for second quarter ending December 31, 2010. The company recorded breakeven earnings per share, as compared to 6 cents in the year-ago period. Another finished-steel producer, Sutor Technology Group ( SUTR) slumped 14.2%.

After Goldman Sachs downgraded the shares to neutral from the earlier buy rating, Sina ( SINA) plunged 8.2% last week. Ctrip.com International ( CTRP) lost 8.1% after Oppenheimer lowered its price target to $50 from the earlier $54.

India: Winners and Losers

iGATE ( IGTE) emerged top gainer last week, up 8%. Zacks Investment Research upgraded iGATE's shares to neutral from its earlier underperform rating last week. Mahanagar Telephone Nigam ( MTE) followed, adding 5.6%.

Wipro ( WIT) accumulated 4.4% during the past week, after announcing a partnership with U.S.-based Continuous Computing for providing solutions for 3G and Long Term Evolution network equipment makers. HDFC Bank ( HDB) gained 3.5% last week. Riding on the 3G services bandwagon, the bank expects to boost its mobile banking share in many Indian states and cities. The bank plans to open new branches by the end of the financial year in one of the Indian states namely Andhra Pradesh.

Infosys Technologies ( INFY) was up 3.4% after Zacks Investment Research reaffirmed the stock's rating at neutral with a price target of $72. Cognizant Technology Solutions ( CTSH) increased 3% last week. The company said it is focusing on the growing outsourced testing services market in the UAE as the global industry for the same is estimated to grow at a five-year CAGR of 19%.

Rediff.com ( REDF) topped the losers' list last week, shedding 11.9%. Syntel ( SYNT) lost 6.1% last week. For 2011, the company estimates revenues of $600 to $630 million and earnings per diluted share in the range of $2.65 to $2.90, below market expectations.

Among other losers, Sify Technologies ( SIFY) followed, declining 5.9%, while WNS Holdings ( WNS) dipped 2.9%.

Brazil: Winners and Losers

Brasil Foods ( BRFS) led the gainers' list, accumulating 9% last week, after reports said billionaire investor Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway bought BRFS' shares. Meanwhile, utility stock Companhia Paranaense de Energia-COPEL ( ELP) and Companhia de Bebidas das Americas - AmBev ( ABV) were up 6.5% and 5.9%, respectively.

Meanwhile, banking stock Banco Itau Holding Financeira ( ITUB) and steel producer Gerdau ( GGB) gained 5.8% and 5.4%, respectively during the past week.

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) ( PBR) advanced 4.9% last week after the company restarted production from the Cherne II platform. The company reported another oil discovery in Brazil, located at a depth of 2,134 meters, approximately 244 kilometers off the coast of Rio de Janeiro State.

Heading the losers' list was Net Servicos de Comunicacao ( NETC), sliding 1.9% last week. Analysts at Zacks Investment Research reaffirmed a neutral rating on the stock with an $11 price target. Major airline stock Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes ( GOL) declined 1.7% after oil prices surged in the aftermath of the Libyan crisis, affecting airlines earnings outlook.

Brasil Telecom ( BTM) and Braskem ( BAK) edged 0.9% and 0.7% lower, respectively. However, Zacks Investment Research reaffirmed a neutral rating on BTM and upgraded Braskem from neutral to outperform last week.

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