Ride the coattails of the Midas who’s made $10 billion¢â‚¬¦just this year!

Nicholas Vardy

Nicholas Vardy has a unique background that has proven his knack for making money in different markets around the world.

His father fled from Lebanon in 1902 to escape the harsh military rule of the Ottoman Turks.


He himself — through a lifetime of savvy business dealings — would earn a place alongside Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in the global wealth Hall of Fame.

But this "American" success story didn’t happen in the USA. Carlos Slim — today the world’s 4th wealthiest man — got his start in Mexico.

Thanks to a growing and diverse empire that includes holdings in telecom, retail, banking and insurance, today Slim is the richest man in Latin America.


And a London Junto member who knows him personally tells me that Slim is not a man you want to bet against. So why is Slim having such a good 2005?

Partly because shares of his flagship wireless telecom outfit, América Movil — our Global Bull Market pick of the week — have soared 47% since January.

And here’s why América Movil’s stock price will continue its upward trajectory…

First, América Movil is on a growth path that just won’t stop. Sales have quadrupled since 2001, when it was spun off of Telefonos de Mexico, the Mexican telephone monopoly that Slim bought in 1991 at a privatization auction.


With assets in 14 different Latin American countries, América Movil expects to have 85 million subscribers by the end of 2005 — having added 20 million this year alone. This puts América Movil among the 10 top cellular operators in terms of clients worldwide.

Second, América Movil recently surprised analysts with better-than-expected EBITDA, revenue and client growth results in the third quarter. The strength showed up in almost every metric: higher service revenues, lower churn, resilient ARPUs (average revenue per user), and controlled costs.

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Finally, after a shaky October, we are entering a traditionally strong period for Global Bull Markets.  The fourth quarter is a terrific time to look for quick profits in growth stories like América Movil.

Investment bank UBS increased its target price on América Movil to $35. This gives the stock a 35% short-term upside based on its current price.

So let’s buy América Movil (AMX) at market, with a stop price of $22.50. If you want a shot at even greater profits on this Latin play, buy the February $30 calls (AMXBF.X).


Portfolio Update: Shares in Mitsubishi UFJ — the world’s largest bank — soared to record highs last week, with the stock up 15%, and the options up 64%. While you may be tempted to sell the options for a quick profit, remember these are May ’06 options, so hold on for plenty more upside on this one!  And move the stop up to $11.50.

With our other Global Bull Market picks showing profits as well, move the stops on Norsk Hydro (NHR) to $92.50, and the Austrian i-shares (EWO) to $23.50.

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