Economy & Finance
Reuters - Mexico's opposition said on Tuesday a government telecom bill undermines a new watchdog by keeping key regulatory powers in the executive's hands, in a spat that could stall the passage of rules aimed at curbing cell phone mogul Carlos Slim and fellow tycoon Emilio Azcarraga's TV group Televisa.
Financial Times - Enrique Peña Nieto is on a blitz. Since becoming president of Mexico last year, his government has transformed the country’s international image. Now, though, comes the hardest part: fleshing out the reforms’ details and then implementing them. Early signs are mixed.
EFE - Mexico's foreign reserves fell by $54 million last week to $180.8 billion, the Bank of Mexico said. Gold and foreign currency reserves decreased in the week ending March 7 mainly due to a drop in asset values. Reserves have grown by $4.28 billion since Jan. 1.
Fuel Fix - The opening of Mexico’s energy market could bring in as much as $35 billion in outside investment for the country’s oil and gas plays, a Mexican oil executive said, boosting capital from $25 billion to $60 billion.
Reuters - Mexico's Central Bank Governor Agustin Carstens said on Tuesday he sees inflation returning toward the bank's 3 percent target, and would remain vigilant about any price contagion.
CBC - Mexico's most wanted drug lord may be behind bars, but the capture of Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman is unlikely to stem the flow of drugs and could spark new violence in the war waged by the country's notorious and violent cartels.
Reuters - Mexican annual inflation cooled in early February off an 8-month high, bolstering bets the central bank will leave interest rates on hold throughout the year. Inflation for the 12 months through the first half of February eased to 4.21 percent, below forecasts for a 4.32 percent rate.
EFE - Spain's secretary of state for Trade arrived Tuesday in Mexico to meet with high government officials and business leaders to agree upon the subjects to be discussed at the next meeting of the Mexico-Spain Binational Commission.
AP- Mexico's central bank says the amount of money Mexican migrant workers sent home to their families fell by 3.75 percent in 2013, as compared to the previous year. Remittances fell from $22.44 billion in 2012 to $21.60 in 2013.
Reuters - Mexico's central bank is weighing whether monetary policy needs adjusting after annual inflation surged above its 4 percent tolerance ceiling, bank governor Agustin Carstens said in an interview disseminated on Wednesday.