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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Daily Market Brief

Market Comment

Ukrainian equity markets began the week on the rise yesterday (Nov.15), boosted by positive news from international markets. The UX exchange (+2.03%) traded sideways in the first half of the session, but moved higher after the opening of US markets. Stocks changed hands actively bringing total trading volume to UAH 125 mln. Motor Sich (MSICH) took the spotlight for a second straight day – the stock soared 6.57%. Investors made moves for Ukrnafta (UNAF +2.21%), Ukrsotsbank (USCB +3.22%) and Yasynivka (YASK +3.99%), pushing prices higher. GenCos (CEEN +1.84%, ZAEN +0.21%) and most metal and mining stocks (ALMK +1.22%, AVDK +0.65%, AZST +0.61%) mirrored the general positive trend. Only a few stocks closed in the red, led by Raiffeisen Bank Aval (BAVL -1.32%) and trailed by Ukrtelecom (UTLM -0.22%) and Enakievo Metallurgical Plant (ENMZ -0.09%).

Ukrainian stocks listed on international markets closed mixed. Cadogan Petroleum (CAD LN) plunged 6.1%, while Regal (RPT LN) and JKX Oil & Gas (JKX LN) closed flat. Other London-listed shares finished in positive territory: Ferrexpo (FXPO LN) jumped 3.59% and MHP (MHPC LI) inched up 0.61%. In Warsaw, Astarta (AST PW) and Kernel (KER PW) posted strong gains of 2.5% and 1.17% respectively, while Agroton (AGT PW) slid 0.83%.

On fixed income -- the IMF mission to Ukraine recently announced that the country would receive the second $1.6 billion tranche of funding from its large loan agreement by month's end. This should have a positive impact on Ukrainian Eurobond prices, especially on the back of recent yield increases on the back of Ireland's developments.

Macro: Ukraine’s GDP grows 3.5% Y-o-Y
Fixed Income: Moody’s upgrades credit rating outlook for DTEK
Oil & Gas: JKX reports decline in production