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Petrobras still undermined by price mismatch

Price controls continue to weigh on profits, but political calculations make change unlikely before October

11 August 2014

Mexican energy reform sails through lower house

Bill passage positive, but new rules are slightly more restrictive than originally envisaged.

30 July 2014

Vale well set to weather price weakness

Iron ore prices are set to remain weak for the foreseeable future, but Brazilian mining giant Vale is well set to weather the storm, given falling costs, improving average ore grades and ample liquidity, though regulatory risks remain.

24 July 2014

Brazilian agro groups scale back plans in soya

Falling prices prompt a shift in strategy.

17 July 2014

Mexico makes progress on reforms

Progress continues, but energy and telecoms changes have been delayed or diluted.

08 July 2014

Chilean copper industry under pressure

Sector margins were already squeezed, but proposed tax reforms will further ratchet up the pressure. That said we still expect most firms to remain profitable.

26 June 2014

Farming's new Southern Cone frontiers

A focus for investors in Paraguay and Uruguay.

29 May 2014

Mexico’s reform prospects become clearer

Secondary laws for energy reform should be approved within the next six weeks.

28 May 2014

Reform delays highlight Mexican malaise

Slippage on energy and telecoms reform schedule adds to economic pressures.

30 April 2014

China deepens push into Peruvian copper

Minmetals-led consortium secures Las Bambas buy with $6bn deal.

14 April 2014

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