Why Petrobras (PBR) Stock Is Down Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Petrobras (PBR) was falling 1.4% to $14.42 Tuesday after CEO Marai das Bracas Foster said the company won't issue new shares before 2030.

Foster's comments come a week after a deal to obtain more production rights from the Brazilian government according to The Wall Street Journal. The government agreed to sign over production rights for up to 15 billion barrels of oil in four offshore fields. As part of the deal Petrobras will pay the government 15 billion Brazilian reais through 2018.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates PETROBRAS-PETROLEO BRASILIER as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate PETROBRAS-PETROLEO BRASILIER (PBR) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed -- some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow."

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