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A Cross-Border Battle With Some Pop

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Fomento's shares are a bit more expensive than its U. S. counterpart, but then investors have to pay up a bit for superior growth. Fomento's income is expected to grow by 14.3% per year over the next five years while Coke is looking at just 8.2% growth. In fact, the PEG ratio is much more favorable on the Mexican middle-weight contender.

Advantage: FMX.

While the food and beverage sector is not exactly one of the top-ranked sectors in the market right now, I like the fact that Fomento also owns convenience stores. This gives it exposure to the more highly rated consumer and retail sectors.

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Lastly, let's compare the charts of the two stocks:

I prefer to buy stocks in uptrends. Even though I have owned FMX for a while, I would have no problem buying this stock today.

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In fact, when I compare Fomento against the other 3,185 stocks that I follow, it comes in at number 34. Not bad for a large-cap stock.

I think I will pop open an icy cold Mexican Coca-Cola and ponder on the fiscal cliff.

At the time of publication the author had a position in FMX.

This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

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