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LATAM Airlines eyes better results this year, 2015 investment grade recovery

SANTIAGO Measures to overhaul LATAM Airlines Group SA will boost the year-old carrier's results in the latter half of 2013 and should help it recoup its coveted investment grade credit rating in 2015, the airline's executive vice president said on Friday.


Latam markets jolt from a Fed exit should be brief

Latin America should suffer just a short, sharp shock to its financial markets when the U.S. Federal Reserve starts to taper its super easy monetary policy as investors remain convinced of the region's solid economic prospects and are attracted by its high-yielding assets.

Colombia central bank chief worries about medium-term external shocks

BOGOTA Colombia's central bank chief said on Friday his main challenge over the medium term was preparing the nation for a normalization of U.S. monetary policy, possible rate hikes by developed nations and a drop in commodity prices.

Banco de Bogota sees new players in Colombia, eyes Peru

BOGOTA Colombia will remain a hot spot for foreign banks in the coming years as low credit penetration provides ample room for growth, the head of its second-biggest bank said on Friday, while he explores regional opportunities with special attention in Peru.


Chile growth, CPI outlook open up rate options: central bank

SANTIAGO Chile's slower pace of economic growth and soft inflation are opening up more monetary policy possibilities, but other factors must be considered and the stance on interest rates is still neutral, the central bank's president said on Friday.


Rating agencies alert to Argentina debt ruling, souring economy

BUENOS AIRES Argentina's dismal credit ratings might get a boost if U.S. courts rule in the country's favor in a long-running dispute with creditors over a 2002 default, but rating agency analysts say weak economic conditions could hinder any positive outcome.

Brazil needs to hike returns to fix infrastructure: Macquarie

NEW YORK Brazil should further hike the rate of return on its infrastructure projects if it wants to tap into a limited pool of global capital coveted by regional peers, Mark Ramsey, head of Latin America for Macquarie Capital, said on Friday.

Brazil still a land of opportunity for some

SAO PAULO Just two years ago, Brazil was still hailed as "The Near China" - an economy that offered East Asia-style 7-percent growth rates in a seductive, sun-kissed package that was closer to home for western investors.

Embraer sees American closing out U.S. regional jet cycle

SAO PAULO Embraer SA , the world's third-largest commercial jet maker, expects just one more big regional jet order as a result of its current U.S. sales campaign, Chief Executive Officer Frederico Curado said in an interview, after the Brazilian planemaker clinched three of four major deals since December.

Peru bourse head: business-friendly policies needed

LIMA Peru's government should back policies that encourage private investment and build business confidence to help Peruvian stocks recover amid tumbling metals prices, said the head of Lima's stock exchange.


Chile Empresas Copec to focus on consolidating investments

SANTIAGO Chile's largest industrial conglomerate, Empresas Copec, will focus this year on reaping the fruits of its multibillion dollar investments before looking at acquisition opportunities, a shift that will benefit its finances, the company's chief executive said.


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