Economy & Finance
Reuters - Mexico's seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell to 4.78 percent in August, its lowest since February. Latin America's No. 2 economy has stumbled this year amid slack U.S. demand for local exports and a drop in domestic construction.
Financial Times - Mexico has hedged its oil production for the coming year at the highest price on record, in a striking indication of how stubbornly high oil prices continue to allow producing governments to finance growing budgets.
Reuters - The U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to keep its stimulus unchanged on Wednesday, due to concerns about the health of the U.S. economy, deepened bets that Mexico will further cut interest rates to spur growth.
Bloomberg - Mexico's national soccer team is nearing the abyss of elimination from next year’s World Cup in Brazil. Failure to qualify for the World Cup would reverberate off the field long after the fans’ wailing and jeering had stopped.
Financial Times - When Enrique Peña Nieto assumed the Mexican presidency in December, he seemed to promise a breath of fresh air and unleash an “Aztec tiger”. Ten months later, however, the tiger appears to have run out of puff.
Reuters - The Mexican government's recently proposed fiscal reform and the 2014 budget are broadly neutral for its sovereign creditworthiness, according to Fitch. Fitch upgraded Mexico's sovereign ratings by one notch on May 8, 2013.
Reuters - Mexico's Senate on Tuesday approved seven nominees to head a new telecommunications regulator created by a sweeping sector overhaul that seeks to boost competition and tame billionaire Carlos Slim.
McClatchy - Dozens of craft brewers are popping up in Mexico. They have less than 1 percent of the market, however, because two behemoths control 98 percent of beer consumed in Mexico, employing tactics that lock out most newcomers.
Bloomberg - Wal-Mart de Mexico posted its biggest advance in two years after President Enrique Pena Nieto avoided proposing taxes on food and medicine in a fiscal bill he sent to Congress. Chedraui and Bimbo also rallied.
Financial Times - Did Enrique Peña Nieto’s proposed fiscal reform deliver what Mexico needs to boost its woefully low tax take? One way of assessing that is to gauge what the reform aims to provide against the bills that Mexico has to pay.