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Brazil’s Petrobras Pushes Past Microsoft to Become Third in the Americas

Platform 54 of Brazil's Petrobras Brazil's state-controlled oil multinational Petrobras has overcome Microsoft to become the third largest company by market value in the Americas, according to a report by Economática, a consultancy company, which has just listed the region's 50 most valuable concerns.

As of Friday, May 16, Petrobras stocks were estimated at US$ 287.17 billion while Microsoft shares were valued at US$ 279.3 billion. Exxon Mobil comes first in the ranking with a US$ 489.64 billion value followed by General Electric worth US$ 320.25 billion.

Another Brazilian firm, the mining company Vale, also got a place among the ten biggest coming in 9th place and estimated to be worth US$ 196.49 billion. Another Brazilian firm in the 50-biggest list is Banco Bradesco, which appears in 43th place with a value of US$ 67.2 billion.

On Friday, Petrobras' preferential share was being sold at 48.15 Brazilian reais, (US$ 29.21) while the ordinary one was worth 57.90 reais (US$ 35.13), compared to Microsoft's US$ 29.99 per share.

In the last 12 months, Petrobras shares went up 110%, while the Microsoft stocks suffered a 3.5% devaluation. Petrobras's increased value followed the announcement of a series of oil field discoveries.

On November 7, right before Petrobras announced that its Tupi oil field had reserves estimated in 5 to 8 billion barrels, the oil company's shares were selling for 34.90 reais (US$ 21.17). They have gone up 38% since then. Petrobras stocks grew 68% in the last 12 months.

The only Latin American company to appear in the Economática list besides the Brazilian ones is Mexican firm America Móvil, which shows up in 29th position with a US$ 99 billion value.

According to data compiled by Bloomberg, Petrobras passed Microsoft Corp. and Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd. becoming the world's sixth-largest company by market value.

Americas' 10 most valued companies:

1st – Exxon Mobil – US$ 489.640 billion
2nd – General Electric – US$ 320.253 billion
3rd – Petrobras, US$ 287.171 billion
4th – Microsoft – US$ 279.306 billion
5th – AT&T Telecommunications – US$ 238.056 billion
6th – Wal Mart Stores – US$ 225.562 billion
7th – Chevron Texaco – US$ 207.625 billion
8th – Procter & Gamble – US$ 203.787 billion
9th – Vale – US$ 196.495 billion
10th – Berkshire Hathaway – US$ 189.580 billion

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    Brazil’s Petrobras Pushes Past Microsoft to Become Third in the Americas
    I read a very interesting article in another thread that says:

    [quote]Brazil made an impression on the free software world during the past five years of President Luiz InÀƒ¡cio Lula da Silva’s administration by promoting a policy of migration to open source software for the government and state-owned industry.[/quote]

    Indeed our President has been a great leader in bringing about a quiet revolution in several areas like free software,alternative fuel, zero hunger, etc; Never before the history of our Republic have so many changes taken in such a short span of time.It is all very good.

    After reading this article, I am of the opinion that Petrobras should buy Microsoft as well as Yahoo. Our President can easily negotiate the deal. Can you imagine a merged company that consists of Petrobras-Microsoft-Yahoo?

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