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Friday, February 25, 2011

Daily Market Brief

Market Comment

Selling pressure took hold of Ukrainian equity markets on Thursday (Feb. 24). The UX exchange lost 4.65% on a high total trading volume of UAH 297 mln. Ukrnafta (UNAF -8.03%), an index heavyweight, corrected sharply after an extended period of growth. Strong blows also rained down on Centerenergo (CEEN -4.24%), Motor Sich (MSICH -3.85%) and banks (BAVL -6.29%, USCB -5.36%). Metals and mining names (ALMK -4.21%, YASK -4.04%, AZST -3.42%, ENMZ -2.62%, AVDK -2.35%) were not immune to the sell-off. Zakhidenergo (ZAEN -2.54%) followed the general downward plunge, while Ukrtelecom (UTLM +0.39%) was the only liquid stock that managed to stay afloat.

In general, Ukrainian companies listed on international markets posted moderate losses. In London, the only oil and gas name to significantly drop was Cadogan Petroleum (CAD LN -6.58%), while JKX Oil & Gas (JKX LN -0.8%) stepped down lightly and Regal Petroleum (RPT LN 0.33%) closed with a slight advance. Ferrexpo (FXPO LN -2.53%) kept up its correction and MHP (MHPC LI -1.47%) came down a notch. In Warsaw, Astarta (AST PW -0.34%) dipped into the red, while Kernel (KER PW -1.88%) and Agroton (AGT PW -3.37%) slid more intensively.

GenCos: Zakhidenergo's installed capacity reduced by 100 MW
Oil & Gas: Ukrnafta’s March oil supplies priced at $88/bbl
Metals and Mining: SGOK to increase daily pellet output by 7%

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