International Markets

Oil-Rich Qatar by the Numbers: Bastion of Stability in a Turbulent Region

Qatar, a small nation on the Arabian peninsula, became a major news story Monday after six Arab nations, among them Saudi Arabia and Egypt, suspended diplomatic relations with that country, ...
Read Full Story »

March Air Cargo Volume Increased Most in 8 Years

Air cargo volume increased by 14.6% year over year in March, the largest gain since the economic recovery years of 2009 and 2010, according to data reported Monday by WorldACD ...
Read Full Story »

Why France’s Economy Matters So Much: France by the Numbers

Western financial markets got a major boost on Monday morning. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were up over 1% (200+ points), the CAC 40 in France was up 4.5% (230 points), ...
Read Full Story »

Venezuela Nationalizes GM Plant, Company Quits the Country

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) has shut down operations in Venezuela following the government's seizure of the GM plant in Carabobo on Wednesday. In a statement, the company said it ...
Read Full Story »

Google, Apple Race for Lead in Artificial Intelligence

Some of the biggest companies in the tech sector are making major bets on artificial intelligence (AI), also often called deep learning. Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: ...
Read Full Story »

North Korean Economy by the Numbers

Recent saber-rattling by the government of North Korea has led to the U.S. Navy sending a carrier group to the Sea of Japan and added to U.S. concerns about North ...
Read Full Story »
FCX - Grasberg Mine

Freeport-McMoRan Lowers Production Estimates After Failing to Reach Grasberg Deal

Freeport-McMoRan Inc.'s (NYSE: FCX) PT Freeport-Indonesia (PT-FI) subsidiary has failed to reach an agreement with the government of Indonesia regarding the termination of Freeport's contract and conversion of the contract to ...
Read Full Story »
Boeing logo

10 Overlooked Risks in Boeing’s 2016 Annual Report

Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) filed its 2016 Form 10-K annual report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Thursday. Like nearly all required filings for every company, the ...
Read Full Story »

Did China Trade Deficit Kill 3.4 Million American Jobs?

The argument continues to be made that America's trade relationship with China has cost the United States jobs. It is one of the debates at the core of the new ...
Read Full Story »

Mexican Economy, World’s 15th Largest, by the Numbers

As the issues over whether the United States will walk away from North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) boil, one of the things at risk is the future growth of the ...
Read Full Story »

Why the Border Adjustment Tax Is Already Losing Momentum

With a Republican House and Senate, corporate taxes under a Donald Trump presidency are almost certain to come down in 2017 and beyond. While many politicians have wanted more taxes ...
Read Full Story »

World Economic Growth to Rise by 2.7%, Hampered by Latin America — World Bank

The World Bank has come out with its 2017 economic forecast, and the numbers are distressing. The global economy is expected to rise by 2.7%, below earlier forecasts. Trouble Latin America ...
Read Full Story »

China’s Growth Turns Hot Again With Best PMI Result in 4 Years

China's purchasing manufacturers' index (PMI) took an unexpected jump in December, a sign that its economy may be not be slowing as much as expected. Various estimates put its gross ...
Read Full Story »
Tesla charging station

Automakers Demand for Lithium to Rise 17% in 2017

Lithium is the critical component of the lithium-ion batteries that power smartphones, laptops, and cars. Global demand for lithium batteries is expected to reach 1.7 billion units in 2016 and ...
Read Full Story »

Wal-Mart’s Mexican Unit to Invest $1.3 Billion in Mexico

The Mexico-based unit of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT), Wal-Mart de Mexico, announced Wednesday that the company plans to invest $1.3 billion in its logistics operations in the country. The ...
Read Full Story »