Taking a look at Gazprom (OGZPY, quote) versus Petrobras (PBR, quote). If 5 years ago you asked most investors globally which companies had the best chance to become the world’s first company to hit a $1 trillion market cap, Gazprom and Petrobras would have been in the top 3 or 4 names being bandied about.
Petrobras (PBR, quote) announced that the company is boosting cashflow-negative and loss-leading gasoline imports at their fastest pace ever in attempt to hold down prices for alternative fuels, while trying to block investment in alternatives, or at least make investments in these kinds of products– namely, ethanol — unattractive.
The most controversial companies in the emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China are revealed in a report this week from consultancy RepRisk, which bills itself as a leading provider of business intelligence on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks.
Russia’s state-owned natural gas giant Gazprom (OGZPY, quote) will take over natural gas trading and storage businesses it jointly owns with the world’s largest chemical company, Germany’s BASF (BASFY, quote), as part of an asset swap meant to avoid further winter supply disruptions to Europe that have occurred in recent years.