EMERGING MARKETS-Mexican stocks rise on America Movil, Brazil up too

Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:40pm EDT

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    By Asher Levine and Gabriel Stargardter
    SAO PAULO/MEXICO CITY, April 30 (Reuters) - Latin American
stocks rose on Tuesday as commodities producers lifted Brazil's
Bovespa, and the greenlighting of a telecoms reform in the
Mexican Senate buoyed billionaire Carlos Slim's telco America
Movil. 
    Mexico's IPC index rose 0.84 percent, while Brazil's
Bovespa added 1.86 percent to 55,910.37 points. Latin
American markets will be closed on Wednesday for Labor Day.
    Telecommunications giant America Movil, controlled
by Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim, rose 3.24 percent, driving gains
in the index, after Mexico's Congress approved a telecoms reform
that would limit the company's enormous market share, and open
the sector up to competition. 
    Analysts said the reform could help Slim gain a foothold in
the television market, which is dominated by Televisa, the
world's largest Spanish language content producer. Mexican
regulators have repeatedly blocked Slim from entering the
lucrative TV market.
    In Brazil, oil producer Petrobras drove gains in
the index adding 2.66 percent, after the company said it would
make dividend payouts of 0.27 reais per common share and 0.76
reais per preferred share. 
    Shares of planemaker Embraer SA rose 6.64 percent
after an order for at least 30 new planes from United Airlines
 on Monday raised the odds of greater production next
year and calmed investor nerves over weaker-than-expected
quarterly earnings. 
    Shares of Ita├║ Unibanco Holding SA, Brazil's
largest private sector bank, closed up 2.56 percent. Investor
concerns over declining revenue trends caused the stock to fall
in the morning, though it rebounded after an executive said on a
conference call that margins, or net interest earned through
loans, could stabilize or even rise in coming quarters.
 
    Mexico's IPC index closed up nearly 1 percent at
42,263.48 points. Mining company Grupo Mexico 
added 0.98 percent after the company said it was looking to
publicly list at least two of its subsidiaries. 
    "It's not the first time we've heard this, it's been around
for years," said Gerardo Roman at the Actinver brokerage in
Mexico City. "But, yes, these days conditions are certainly more
favorable."
    Chile's IPSA index added 0.80 percent as retailer
Falabella gained 2.46 percent. 
    
    Latin America's key stock indexes at 2238 GMT:
    
 Stock indexes                                      % change
                              Latest              
                                                            
 MSCI LatAm                          3,775.82            1.4
                                                  
 Brazil Bovespa                     55,910.37           1.86
                                                  
 Mexico IPC                         42,263.48           0.84
                                                  
 Chile IPSA                          4,292.14            0.8
                                                  
 Chile IGPA                         21,084.60           0.68
                                                  
 Argentina MerVal                    3,845.94           0.81
                                                  
 Colombia IGBC                      13,390.27          -0.50
                                                  
 Peru IGRA                          17,352.92          -2.63
                                                  
 Venezuela IBC                     668,857.00           2.31
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