Stakeholders are getting ready for changes in the market structure as Santander says it will end a card contract with the dominant player in the acquisition segment.
The lower proportion of local investors comes amid the effects of the Lava Jato corruption probe into major construction groups.
The Brazilian mining giant broke the 100Mt mark of iron ore produced in a single quarter and is increasing the distance over Australian rivals Rio Tinto and BHP.
Companies in Argentina, Mexico and Guyana published results from their exploration programs.
Transport and communications minister-designate Javier Jiménez Espriú said that the incoming government wants the line to be built with private funds.
Further blockades by Mexican mining union SNTMMSSRM at Torex Gold's El Limón-Guajes are unlikely despite the return of controversial union leader Napoleón Gómez, with Grupo México more likely to bear the brunt of any disputes, Scotiabank's Trevor Turnbull tells BNamericas.