Andina, Net Servicos, Copel and Telemar CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Zacks.com releases the latest Analyst Interview. Today's interview is with senior analyst Claudio Freitas, who discusses AmBev (NYSE: ABV), Embotelladora Andina (NYSE: AKO.A), Net Servicos (Nasdaq: NETC), Copel (NYSE: ELP) and Telemar (NYSE: TNE). ¶ A synopsis of today's Analyst Interview is presented below. The full article can be read at http://at.zacks.com/?id=2678. ¶ For investors looking to increase their holdings in Latin America, where do you believe the least-volatile areas might be? ¶ I believe that companies focused in the local consumer market can outperform. In countries like Argentina and Chile, economic growth remains high and the outlook is still positive. In Brazil, I remain encouraged by the declining interest rates coupled with well-behaved inflation. I believe there is room for continued interest rate cuts in Brazil for the rest of 2006 and at least for the first half of 2007. In this sense, I guess that utilities and consumer products would make interesting investments, including electric utilities, the beverage industry and telecom companies. ¶ Would now be a good strategic time to buy into the Latin market, or would later be better? ¶ I guess that the right moment to buy might be closer to the end of the year, when there will be a more clear picture of the economic conditions in the U.S. and the effect on commodities prices. However, it is impossible not to note that there are some Latin stocks trading with very attractive valuations. Some investors with higher risk tolerance could consider this a good moment to start buying some undervalued stocks. ¶ Which stocks do you consider highly attractive at this time? ¶ I believe that the beverage sector remains interesting. I like AmBev (NYSE: ABV) in Brazil and Embotelladora Andina (NYSE: AKO.A) in Chile. Net Servicos (Nasdaq: NETC), the Brazilian cable television operator, is also an interesting growth case that deserves attention. Regarding utilities, I believe Copel (NYSE: ELP) and Telemar (NYSE: TNE) in Brazil are undervalued and should benefit from a combination of increasing demand and lower interest rates. ¶ Read the full interview at http://at.zacks.com/?id=2647. ¶ About Zacks Equity Research ¶ Zacks Equity Research provides the best of quantitative and qualitative analysis to help investors know what stocks to buy and which to sell for the long-term. ¶ Continuous coverage is provided for a universe of 1,150 publicly traded stocks. Our analysts are organized by industry which gives them keen insights to developments that affect company profits and stock performance. Recommendations and target prices are six-month time horizons. ¶ Zacks "Profit from the Pros" e-mail newsletter provides highlights of the latest analysis from Zacks Equity Research. Subscribe to this free newsletter today by visiting http://at.zacks.com/?id=2679. ¶ About Zacks ¶ Zacks.com is a property of Zacks Investment Research, Inc., which was formed in 1978 by Leonard Zacks. As a PhD in mathematics Len knew he could find patterns in stock market data that would lead to superior investment results. Amongst his many accomplishments was the formation of his proprietary stock picking system; the Zacks Rank, which continues to outperform the market by nearly a 3 to 1 margin. The best way to unlock the profitable stock recommendations and market insights of Zacks Investment Research is through our free daily email newsletter; Profit from the Pros. In short, it's your steady flow of Profitable ideas GUARANTEED to be worth your time! Register for your free subscription to Profit from the Pros by going to http://at.zacks.com/?id=2648. ¶ Zacks Investment Research is under common control with affiliated entities (including a broker-dealer and an investment adviser), which may engage in transactions involving the foregoing securities for the clients of such affiliates. ¶ (a)The Zacks Performance Rank performance is the total return of equal weighted simulated portfolios consisting of those stocks with the indicated Zacks Rank net of fees. Results reflect the reinvestment of dividends and other earnings. Simulated results do not represent actual trading and may not reflect the impact that economic and market factors might have had on decision-making if an adviser were actually managing a client's money. ¶ (b)The S&P 500 Index ("S&P 500") is a well-known, unmanaged index of the prices of 500 large-company common stocks selected by Standard & Poor's. The S&P 500 includes the reinvestment of all dividends, no transaction costs, and represents the gross returns before management fees. ¶ Disclaimer: Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investors should always research companies and securities before making any investments. Nothing herein should be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any security. CONTACT: Zacks.com Terry Ruffolo, 312-630-9880, ext. 213 www.zacks.com
Zacks Analyst Interview Highlights: AmBev, Embotelladora
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