EMERGING MARKETS-Mexican stocks rise on US fiscal talk hopes

Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:26pm EST

* Chile's Cencosud jumps on Colombian store acquisition plan
    * Mexico's IPC up 0.7 pct, Chile's IPSA down 0.3 pct

    MEXICO CITY, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Mexican stocks rose on
Tuesday, backed by optimism on fiscal negotiations in
Washington, with shares having the most exposure to the U.S.
economy rising on bets of solid demand ahead in Mexico's top
trading partner. 
    Mexico's IPC stock index rose 0.67 percent to 41,103
points after being closed on Monday for a holiday, catching up
to Wall Street's gains on optimism about talks to tackle a
looming fiscal crisis in the United States.
    Mexican stocks rose for the second consecutive session as
they bounced back from a more than six-week low last week.
    Shares of conglomerate Alfa, which controls
auto-parts subsidiary Nemak, jumped more than 5 percent to a
record high. Top U.S. cement supplier Cemex gained
3.6 percent.
    U.S. lawmakers over the weekend suggested they could reach a
deal to stave off the looming series of tax rises and spending
cuts that will begin to take effect in the new year.
    "They will reach a deal, and I like the market now," said
Gerardo Roman, head of trading at brokerage Actinver in Mexico
City.
    Mexico sends nearly 80 percent of its exports to the United
States and could suffer most among Latin America's economies if
a fiscal impasse slows U.S. growth. 
    But so far, stronger-than-expected U.S. demand has supported
Mexico in a wider global slowdown. The IPC is trading about 4
percent off of a record high and it has been the second best
performing Latin American stock market behind Colombia in 2012.
    Brazil, Latin America's biggest stock market, was closed for
a holiday. Chilean stocks <.IPSA > slipped 0.3 percent as energy
firm Enersis fell 2.2 percent.
    Shares in Chilean retailer Cencosud rose 2.29
percent after shareholders on Tuesday approved a $1.5 billion
capital increase destined for the purchase of French retailer
Carrefour's Colombian assets. 
    
    Latin American stock indexes at 1800 GMT 
 Stock indexes                  daily  year-t
                                    %   -date
                    Latest     change       %
                                       change
 MSCI LatAm          3,553.06      -0   -1.36
                                       
                                       
 Brazil Bovespa     56,450.86  Closed   -0.53
                                       
 Mexico IPC         41,103.41    0.67   10.86
                                       
 Chile IPSA          4,178.57    -0.3    0.02
                                       
 Chile IGPA         20,535.19   -0.26    2.01
                                       
 Argentina MerVal    2,296.75    0.06   -6.74
                                       
 Colombia IGBC      14,227.05    0.52   12.33
                                       
 Peru IGRA          20,229.10   -0.39    3.88
                                       
 Venezuela IBC      383,877.5   -0.02  228.00
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