Mexico’s peso posted its biggest weekly drop since January as the country’s political parties wrangled over rules for opening up the energy industry, fueling concern that so-called secondary laws may be delayed.
It looked like the start to another fine year for one of Mexico’s most powerful bankers. Citigroup Inc. Co-President Manuel Medina-Mora held court last month at a Mexico City breakfast where colleagues talked shop over mango, melon and banana. He sat at the right arm of the nation’s president at another February meeting when Enrique Pena Nieto toasted the bank’s drive, charity and influence.
America Movil SAB, the phone giant controlled by billionaire Carlos Slim, tumbled on concerns that profits would suffer in its home market under a proposal sent to Mexico’s Congress by President Enrique Pena Nieto.
America Movil SAB and other Mexican phone companies would have to phase out long-distance charges and other fees under a bill proposed by President Enrique Pena Nieto, who is pushing ahead with a plan to boost competition.
Approval of bills to implement Mexico’s constitutional oil changes may be delayed beyond the current congressional session that ends April 30, according to a National Action Party senator on the energy committee.
When Enrique Pena Nieto ran for president in 2012, opponents nicknamed him the Televisa candidate for what they described as favorable coverage from Mexico’s largest broadcaster. Now as president he’s pushing for more competition that will hurt Grupo Televisa SAB’s revenue growth.
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the alleged head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, once referred to Chicago as his “home port,” a hub of a narcotics empire he built by filling a power vacuum left by the imprisonment of the city’s gang leaders.
A Mexican opposition party that was key to passing the country’s energy overhaul last year will seek to have the market, not the government, set gasoline prices, said a member of the party on the Senate energy committee.