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    1. Fast FT

      July 15, 2016

      Trump's wall: Where the cement would come from

      In an excellent use of four analysts’ time, Bernstein has produced a handy guide on which companies stand to benefit...

    2. Fast FT

      April 21, 2016

      Mexico's Cemex swings back into the black

      Mexican building company, Cemex, which reported its first full-year profit in 2015 in six years, unexpectedly swung...

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    1. Mexico: Energy

      Mexico hopes that the opening of its energy industry to private participation will pro...
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      Part two: voices of a generation. From activists in Egypt to the unemployed in Spain, ...
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    1. October 14, 2015

      How to survive a ‘multilatina’ merger

      Latin America is often imagined as a culturally homogenous place, a clichéd region of scrupulous cordiality and...

    2. November 12, 2014

      Investment influx promises cheaper and greener power for Mexico

      Enrique Ochoa, the head of Mexico’s state electricity company, CFE, is a busy man. “My diary is full of meetings with...

    3. May 30, 2014

      Corporate citizens of the world owe fealty to us all

      The head of a British multinational declared this week that he opposed the idea of companies that exist “somewhere in...

    4. May 16, 2014

      Cemex names new president and CEO

      Global Mexican cement and buildings materials company, Cemex, has moved quickly to appoint a new president and a new...

    5. May 13, 2014

      Cemex chief dies on business trip

      Lorenzo Zambrano, the head of global Mexican cement company Cemex and one of the country’s most prominent businessmen,...

    6. April 9, 2014

      Business is going native again

      Whether you trace them back to Assyrian trading networks in 2000BC, or only as far as the mid-19th century when the...

    7. March 30, 2014

      Mexico struggles to break shackles that bind productivity

      When a small Mexican company finds that taxes and the red tape needed to open a plant push up operating costs by as...

    8. February 6, 2014

      Cemex halves loss in fourth quarter

      Higher sales in the US, Europe and much of Latin America helped Cemex, the Mexican cement group, halve its net loss in...

    9. beyondbrics

      January 20, 2014

      Cemex: back to square one in Egypt?

      Cemex, the Mexican cement giant, is breathing a little sigh of relief. It had been biting its nails ahead of a ruling...

    10. November 11, 2013

      Cement makers threaten challenge against UK watchdog

      Two of the world’s biggest cement companies have threatened Britain’s Competition Commission with a legal challenge...

    11. beyondbrics

      October 23, 2013

      Cemex LatAm Q3: solid as cement

      If the performance of the Central and South American unit of Mexican cement giant Cemex is anything to go by, the...

    12. October 21, 2013

      Leaders need trust more than Twitter

      Irecently spent time sifting strategic plans for seven non-profit organisations, drawn up by teams of MBA students for...

    13. August 28, 2013

      Cemex seals Europe push with Holcim assets swap

      Cemex, the largest cement maker in the Americas, is swapping assets in Germany and the Czech Republic with Holcim of...

    14. June 3, 2013

      Jobs: Careers shape up as collection of experiences

      A divide has emerged in the world of work. While many millennials would be grateful for any job, companies find it hard...

    15. March 20, 2013

      View from Washington: Chance to upgrade relationship stymied by events on the border

      It says much about how Mexico features in the US mindset that Barack Obama made little of immigration reform during the...

    16. beyondbrics

      February 7, 2013

      Cemex Q4: a long slog ahead

      According to its vice-president of finance, Fernando González, “2012 was a year of recovery for Cemex”. It was, but the...

    17. beyondbrics

      February 6, 2013

      Cemex LatAm: cementing gains

      The new kid on the cement block, Cemex Latam Holdings, made its quarterly earnings debut to warm applause. The South...

    18. February 4, 2013

      EM companies commit ‘original sin’ on debt

      A roaring trade in emerging market bonds has triggered fears an EM debt bubble is inflating. Never before has the...

    19. January 28, 2013

      Construction material suppliers cut back

      Hanson, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of construction materials, is to suspend production at several quarries,...

    20. January 24, 2013

      Life skills: Latin-American scheme offers hope for future

      In a city where shanty towns of red cinder block bricks spill down the hills, being a hard-working and intellectually...

    21. beyondbrics

      January 9, 2013

      Slim, Lafarge team up on cement

      Carlos Slim is not one to waste any time. Having only announced three months ago that Elementia, his building materials...

    22. November 29, 2012

      Cultural connections: Two-way links bring benefits

      A shared language, similarities in business style and historical connections made Latin America the most logical...

    23. beyondbrics

      November 16, 2012

      Cemex Latam falls on debut

      Everything seemed to be going well enough earlier this month when Cemex, the Mexican cement producer, raised $1.15bn...

    24. beyondbrics

      November 13, 2012

      Why is Mexico's Cemex doing an IPO in Colombia?

      The collapse of Colombia’s biggest broker, Interbolsa, might have prompted some investors to dump the country’s bond...

    25. November 13, 2012

      Stock exchanges: Trading surge brings region together

      A few weeks ago, a full mariachi orchestra accompanied by dancers in long white flowing skirts was piping out tunes as...

    26. November 11, 2012

      Latin America a gold mine for Europeans

      It is a culmination of the so-called “reconquest”, which in the 1990s saw European companies invest heavily in Latin...

    27. October 26, 2012

      Concerns over US ‘fiscal cliff’ widen

      More than 150 publicly listed companies in the US over the past month have warned investors about the possible effects...

    28. October 22, 2012

      Cemex aims for $950m Latin American float

      Cemex, the Mexican cement producer, hopes to raise up to $950m from the partial sale of its Latin American subsidiary,...

    29. beyondbrics

      October 19, 2012

      Cemex: a step closer to asset sale

      Cemex, one of the world’s largest cement producers, on Thursday obtained an important green light along the road back...

    30. October 15, 2012

      Cemex losses narrow on demand in Americas

      Cemex, one of the world’s largest cement manufacturers, reported a substantially smaller loss than in recent quarters...

    31. beyondbrics

      September 10, 2012

      Cemex: shedding more assets

      Stick a pin on a world map, and you’re fairly sure to hit one of the 50 countries where Cemex has operations and more...

    32. September 10, 2012

      Cemex secures more support for refinancing

      Cemex, the Mexican cement producer, said on Monday that it had surpassed the minimum acceptance requirements to push...

    33. beyondbrics

      August 24, 2012

      Cemex: breathing easier

      It’s been quite a week for Cemex. Just one day after the company announced that creditors holding 91.5 per cent of a...

    34. August 21, 2012

      Cemex creditors accept loan extension

      Cemex, the Mexican cement producer, said on Tuesday that creditors holding more than 90 per cent of a $7.3bn loan...

    35. beyondbrics

      July 25, 2012

      Peru cement: consolidation time

      Unity makes strength. That, at least, appears to be the logic behind Cemento Andino’s move to merge into Peru’s biggest...

    36. April 26, 2012

      Cemex surprises with narrower loss

      Cemex, one of the world’s largest cement producers, has surprised markets by reporting much smaller-than-expected net...

    37. March 30, 2012

      Cement makers lead Europe higher

      Total was among Europe’s biggest fallers this week as the continent’s equity markets continued to pause for breath...

    38. February 29, 2012

      Holcim hurt by higher costs

      The new chief executive of Holcim said that he would boost sales and marketing and look much more critically at...

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