The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly for Petrobras

There have been some mixed signals coming from Brazil's largest oil company, Petrobras (NYSE: PBR  ) . The company has been able to pick up its production numbers lately thanks to some of its idle rigs coming back on line. Also, the company seems to be lining itself up well to expand operations into the pre-salt layer, which will be auctioned off for the first time in October. The problem, though, is that the company will need to add to its already large debt load to make it happen.

Doing business in Brazil isn't easy for oil companies, but for Petrobras to expand oil production, it will need to get some outside help. In this video, contributors Tyler Crowe and Aimee Duffy discuss some of the other issues facing Petrobras, and look at some companies that are lining themselves up to make a splash in Brazil.

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  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2013, at 11:27 AM, cdkeli wrote:

    Petrobras is just like every other big oil/gas company - they believe their own rights supercede every others on the planet and they have a right via eminent domain to take land and property via bogus and laughable promises of maintaining the health and safety of water, land, and animals - else they force residents to sign hush contracts for money so they can continue to dupe government and residents of their property. They are a corrupt and criminal organization paying little if any taxes while operating under the guise and protection of national resource security and economic stimulation - much like BP, ExxonMobil, Shell, ad nauseum,,,

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