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ADR Report: Shares End Lower After China, Japan Disappoint

By Mia Lamar International companies trading in New York closed lower Monday following a string of disappointing data points from Asia, including a sharp slowdown in Japan's economic growth. The Bank of New York index of ADRs fell 0.5% to 123.52. Economic growth in Japan slowed to an annualized pace of 1.4% in the second quarter, well below expectations for 2.7% growth and down from a revised 5.5% pace in the first quarter. A lack of supportive policy changes in China also put a damper on sentiment. Weak Chinese trade data last week had raised expectations that the People's Bank of China might act to stimulate growth, but as of Monday, those actions had failed to materialize. The Asian index fell 0.7% to 120.12 as energy stocks ended broadly weaker. PetroChina Co. (PTR, K3OD.SG, 0857.HK, 601857.SH) fell 1.6% to $125.58 while Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Co. (SHI, K3DD.SG, 600688.SH, 0338.HK) slumped 2.1% to $27.27. Bucking the losing trend was China's Focus Media Holding Ltd. (FMCN), which jumped 8.9% to $25.45 after a group led by its chief executive offered to take the advertising company private in a $3.66 billion deal. The $27-a-share offer would remove Focus Media from the skeptical eye of U.S. investors and mark the latest--and largest--Chinese company to back away from a U.S. listing. The European index fell 0.3% to 115.50. The region's energy firms also traded lower, led by an 1.2% loss for Norwegian oil-and-gas major Statoil ASA (STO, STL.OS). Shares of Alcatel-Lucent (ALU, ALU.FR) fell 2.5% to $1.18 after Standard & Poor's Ratings Services cut its outlook on the French telecom-equipment maker to negative from stable, citing expectations for weak operating results and "high cash flow losses" this year. The Latin American index fell 1% to 328.11 and the emerging markets index shed 0.9% to 278.31. Brazilian shares were doubly hit by growth concerns after a survey of analysts conducted by the Brazilian Central Bank pegged Brazil's economic growth this year at just 1.81%, down from last week's 1.85% forecast. Brazil's economy grew 2.7% in 2011. Steelmaker Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (SID, CSNA3.BR) fell 1% to $5.33, BRF Brasil Foods SA (BRFS, BRFS3.BR)--Brazil's biggest food processor by sales--slumped 2.2% to $14.53 and state-run energy heavyweight Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PBR, PETR3.BR, PETR4.BR), or Petrobras, slipped 0.5% to $21.88. -Write to Mia Lamar at mia.lamar@dowjones.com

Stock News for Petroleo Brasileiro (PBR)
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08/27/201417:47:35ADR Shares End Higher; Telefonica, Ryanair Shares Active
08/25/201417:19:14ADR Shares End Higher; Statoil Shares Active
08/13/201422:01:44Pemex Has Talked With Firms About Working on Projects
08/13/201417:35:08ADR Shares End Mixed; Petroleo Brasileiro Shares Trade Actively
08/06/201415:09:25Brazilian Presidential Candidates Propose Improvements for Agribusiness...
08/01/201417:41:36Brazilian Shares Close Little Changed, JBS Rises; Real Stronger...
07/29/201417:41:02Brazil Stocks Close Lower; Real Weakens Against Dollar
07/28/201418:10:48Brazilian Stocks Close Lower; Real Stronger Against Dollar
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06/19/201403:54:08Lundin Petroleum Starts Drilling Malaysian Well
06/17/201410:31:36Biden Says Confident Brazil-U.S. Relations Can be Restored
06/10/201416:40:33Vallourec Cuts 2014 Guidance as Large Clients Delay Orders
06/03/201410:15:50Brazilian Presidential-Election Challengers Back Ethanol Industry
05/15/201417:15:53Soros Sells Out of J.P. Morgan, Bank of America, Citigroup
05/05/201414:50:38Eike Batista Returns to Brazil's Ibovespa Index
05/05/201414:38:19Eike Batista's MMX Mineracao e Metalicos Joins Ibovespa Index
05/02/201417:07:10ADR Shares End Mostly Higher; InterContinental Hotels, RBS Shares...
04/29/201420:41:10Brazil Senate to Probe Petrobras Refinery Purchase
04/15/201417:02:39ADR Shares End Lower; Infosys, Diageo Shares Active
04/08/201417:41:31ADR Shares End Mostly Higher; Veolia Shares Active

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