Why Is Petrobras (PBR) Stock Up 12% Today?


  • Petrobras (PBR) stock is rising alongside news from OPEC Plus.
  • That includes talk it may reduce production to increase oil prices.
  • The company is also benefitting from elections in Brazil.
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Petrobras (NYSE:PBR) stock is getting a boost on Monday thanks to a couple of positive bits of news for the Brazilian oil company.

First up is talk that OPEC Plus will likely cut oil production. The group is meeting on Wednesday to discuss the matter as it looks at how to handle falling prices amidst weakening demand for oil products.

It looks like Saudi Arabia might be behind this, as it wants to increase the price of oil per barrel. Currently, that price is hanging around the $85 mark. However, analysts predict Saudi Arabia wants to increase the price to at least $90 per barrel with lower production.

Seeing as Petrobras is also in the oil industry, it would benefit from an increase in prices. Also, lower production from OPEC Plus, which Brazil isn’t a member of, could mean more market for its oil.

Brazil Elections Are Also Helping PBR Stock

The presidential elections are underway in Brazil, and sitting President Jair Bolsonaro is doing better than expected. He managed to secure a runoff vote by keeping challenger Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from claiming a majority victory.

That means there will be another round of votes that could see Bolsonaro continue to lead the country. This is causing markets in Brazil to surge today, with Petrobras seeing those benefits as well.

Today’s news also brings heavy trading to PBR stock with some 31 million shares on the move. That’s already above its daily average trading volume of 29 million shares.

PBR stock is up 12% as of Monday morning.

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