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Petrobras (PBR) to Monitor Fuel Prices on a Daily Basis

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Brazil oil giant Petroleo Brasileiro S.A., aka Petrobras (PBR - Free Report) recently announced that its board of directors have approved to review fuel prices more frequently to compete with private importers. The company will now adjust the domestic gasoline and diesel prices on a daily basis, effective Jul 3.

The new plan will replace the policy introduced by the company in October of reviewing fuel prices on a monthly basis. The company believed that the previous pricing system was not sufficient to meet the increased volatility in oil prices and foreign exchange rates.  Before October, the company reviewed its pricing occasionally and kept fuel prices low despite the high international fuel costs by subsidizing local consumption. This resulted in the company losing market share to imports.

Under the new policy, Petrobras’ marketing division will adjust diesel and gasoline prices, a maximum of 7% from a reference point. The reference price will include cost of imports, exchange rates, capacity utilization at refineries, taxes and margins. Any adjustment outside this range will require authorization from an internal committee. The new policy will review the international markets more closely and will enable Petrobras to compete more efficiently.

In a separate development, Petrobras announced that its production, refining and logistics operations suffered no disruptions amid a nationwide strike in Brazil.

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Petrobras operates in segments like exploration, refining, marketing, transporting, distribution and biofuels. The company, under the Zacks categorized Oil & Gas Emerging Markets Integrated industry, currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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