In this article we will take a look at 10 best Mexican stocks to buy now. You can skip our detailed analysis of Mexico's economy and go to 5 Best Mexican Stocks to Buy Now.
With a GDP of about $1.27 trillion, Mexico is one of the notable emerging economies of the world, with strong growth prospects. The coronavirus crisis hammered the Mexican economy. Deloitte projected the country’s GDP growth in 2020 to come in at a negative 9%. However, as economic activity comes back to normal, there are signs of recovery which suggest that Mexico would be soon back on track. Deloitte said that the economy rebounded by 12.1% in the third quarter of 2020. Due to its close proximity and strong trade relations with the U.S., analysts expect that manufacturing activity in Mexico would rebound faster than its peers. For example, after registering a 100% decline by April, automobile manufacturing in Mexico rebounded sharply in October and reached 347,000 units. Similarly, wholesale and retail trade and transportation services registered annual decline of 10.3% in September, compared to a 26.5% decline annually in April.
Should You Invest in Mexican Stocks?
Like all emerging markets, ecommerce is seeing a boom in Mexico. According to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), ecommerce sales in Mexico jumped a whopping 53% annually in April. In October, 48% of consumers reported using digital platforms for online searches to buy products.
Unlike major emerging markets and its peers in Latin America, Mexico’s economy is diversified. The country is a major exporter of oil. It is also the sixth largest electronics industry in the world. In 2018, the country exported a whopping $26 billion worth of computers to the U.S.
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Mexico remains one of the major trade partners of the U.S., with trade between the two countries reaching $671 billion in 2018. Following the trade tensions between the U.S. and China, analysts said that Mexico would see a huge boost in jobs and businesses as U.S. companies would look to shift their manufacturing activity to Mexico from China. American companies prefer the tariff-free policies while doing business in Mexico, thanks to the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement, also sometimes known as NAFTA 2.0. Several major U.S. companies already have facilities in Mexico, including Ford and Volkswagen.
With this economic outlook in mind, let’s start our list of the 10 best Mexican stocks to buy now.
10. Grupo Simec, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: SIMECB.MX)
Simec is a Mexican steel company that makes special bar quality (SBQ) steel and structural steel products. The company has plants in Mexicali, Guadalajara, Tlaxcala and San Luis Potosi. In the fourth quarter, the company’s net sales increased 5% amid higher shipments of finished steel products and higher prices.
9. Grupo Bimbo, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: BIMBOA.MX)
Founded in 1945, Bimbo is a Mexican bakery company which operates in over 30 countries and 196 bakery plants. The company’s shares have gained 30% over the last 12 months. In the fourth quarter, the company’s net sales in North America jumped 19.2%, while dollar sales increased 11.3%, driven by a rising demand of the company’s bakery products in retail channels, which offset the declines in the food service channel following the COVID-19 outbreak.
8. Gruma, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: GRUMAB.MX)
Ranking 8th on our list of 10 best Mexican stocks to buy now is Gruma. Gruma is one of the largest corn flour and tortilla manufacturing companies in the world. Some of its major brands include Mission Foods, Maseca and Guerrero. As of 2014, the company’s revenue stood at $3.8 billion. It has 79 plants worldwide, with main operations in Mexico, U.S. and Europe. Gruma’s revenue jumped after the coronavirus outbreak as the consumption of flatbread and corn increased following the stay-at-home trends. The company’s revenue jumped 25% in the second quarter and 16% in the first quarter on volume improvements.
7. Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE: KOF)
Coca Cola Femsa, a subsidiary of FEMSA, ranks 7th on our list of 10 best Mexican stocks to buy now. It is a Mexican beverage company and the largest franchise Coca-Cola bottler in the world. In the fourth quarter, the company’s consolidated volumes increased 1.4%, driven by business growth in Brazil, Central America and Argentina. This upbeat performance offset the declines in Mexico and Uruguay. Total revenue, however, decreased by 5.1%, while comparable revenue increased 1.9%. The stock is down 19% since the start of the year.
As of the end of the fourth quarter, 6 hedge funds in Insider Monkey’s database of 887 funds held stakes in Coca-Cola FEMSA S.A.B. de C.V. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust is the biggest stakeholder in the company, with 6.2 million shares, worth $286.5 million.
6. Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, S. A. B. de C. V. (NYSE: ASR)
Airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste operates 9 airports in Mexico. It is the third largest airport operator with 23 million passengers annually. In the fourth quarter, the company’s GAAP EPS came in at Ps. 1.68. Total passenger traffic declined by 44.9% in the period due to the COVID-19 impact.
With a $33.4 million stake in Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, S. A. B. de C. V., Jim Simons' Renaissance Technologies owns 202,683 shares of the company as of the end of the fourth quarter of 2020. Our database shows that 10 hedge funds held stakes in ASR as of the end of the fourth quarter.
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