Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mexico Stocks, Sí

Mexico Bolsa (stock exchange)
With the change in the natural resource laws of Mexico to allow foreign investments in the production of oil and gas, through production-sharing contracts with Petroleos Mexicanos, also known as Pemex, investors are taking a close look at Mexican stocks.

The publicly traded Mexican companies should benefit from an improving economy, with an influx of investments from other countries. There are in excess of more than 30 Mexican stocks available for trading in the United States, either on the New York Stock Exchange, the NASDAQ, or OTC, based on the list of Mexico stocks at

Investors looking for diversification in Mexico stocks should consider an ETF, such as the iShares MSCI Mexico Capped ETF (EWW), which trades on the NYSE and has a PE of 17. The fund has had an average annual return of 20.44% over the last five years.

Here are some non-resource stocks which pay dividends.

Fomento Economico Mexicano (FMX), which trades on the NYSE, is a bottler and marketer of Coca-Cola along with other beverages. It also owns the OXXO chain of convenience stores, and is involved in transportation logistics. The stock trades at 21 times forward earnings. Revenues for the latest quarter were up 8.2%, yet earnings dropped by 48.8%. The stock generates a yield of 3.3%.

America Movil (AMX), the telecom company, trades at 12 times earnings and yields 1.6%. Earnings for the latest quarter were up 14.8%, on a 3.1% rise in revenues. The yield is 1.7%.

Grupo Televisa (TV), the stock with one of the most popular stock symbols,  is a television programmer and broadcaster, headquartered in Mexico City. The stock has a forward price to earnings ratio of 25, and pays a dividend of 0.4%. Latest quarterly revenues were up 8.3%, with earnings down 17.8%.

 For a list of about three dozen Mexico stocks, which includes the PE ratio, yield, and business sector, go to

Disclosure: Author didn;t own any of the above at the time the article was written.


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