Brazil's chief justice postpones voting on Petrobras refineries privatization

FILE PHOTO: A logo of Brazil's state-run Petrobras oil company is seen at its headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil October 16, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes/File Photo

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian Chief Justice Luiz Fux on Tuesday postponed voting on the sale of state-controlled oil company Petrobras' PETR4.SA refineries without setting a new deadline.

Initially, the Supreme Court had until Friday to rule on the matter.

Three justices on Brazil’s Supreme Court have voted against the sale of the refineries, in a setback for Petrobras, which is counting on asset sales to reduce its debt.

Despite these three votes against the privatizations, XP Inc’s analyst Debora Santos said in a note to clients that the Supreme Court is likely to support the assets sale, adding that last year most justices had adopted a more flexible position regarding privatization of state-controlled companies’ assets.

Preferred shares in Petrobras were up 0.8% in the morning trading, almost in line with the country’s stock exchange index.

Reporting by Ricardo Brito in Brasilia; additional reporting by Luciano Costa, in Sao Paulo; editing by Jason Neely and Steve Orlofsky