MERV(Argentina stock index) vs BSVP(Brazil) vs (Mexico)
Guessing time: Argentine economy expanded or contracted in 2009? — MercoPress: “Argentina’s government expects the economy to grow 2.5% in 2010, according to its budget proposal. That compares to official forecasts of 6% growth in Brazil, Latin America’s largest economy and 3.9% in Mexico, the region’s second largest economy.
Argentina’s growth and industrial output data releases were accompanied on Friday by additional financial information from the government.
The primary budget surplus narrowed to 1.21 billion pesos (310 million USD) in February from 1.60 billion pesos reported in February 2009. Tax income growth has slowed as Argentina’s economy tries to pull out of the 2009 slowdown caused in part by the world financial crisis.
The government faces about 15 billion USD in debt payments this year as it seeks regulatory approval to reopen the country’s 2005 debt restructuring. Argentina hopes to re-enter the international capital markets once it restructures 20 billion in paper left over from the country’s 2001/2002 debt default.”