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Australia Just Stopped China Buying a Farm the Size of Kentucky

You can have too much foreign investment, it seems.<p>The Australian government Thursday blocked the sale of a portfolio of farmland the size of …

China stocks, currency rise as government shows renewed resolve

By Simon Denyer<p>Simon Denyer<p>Tokyo bureau chief covering Japan, North Korea and South Korea.<p>Email Bio Follow<p>BEIJING — China’s share market rose significantly for a second day Friday, while the central bank also pushed the currency higher, as authorities showed new resolve to calm investors’ frayed …

Stock Markets

5 climate change nightmares that are already becoming reality in 2015

In a press conference on climate change, President Obama stated that: “2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record. Now, one year doesn’t make a …

Seven Generations jumps on low costs to buck energy trend

Seven Generations Energy Ltd. is pressing ahead with its drilling plans despite the industry's severe downturn, taking advantage of low costs and access to capital, its chief executive officer says.<p>Seven Generations, the last sizable energy producer to go public before the market for oil and gas …

Greece 'confident' of paying IMF on time

"Everything that should be paid next week, the IMF (International Monetary Fund), wages, pensions, will be," said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity.<p>Greece has a deadline of April 9 to pay the IMF 460 million euros ($500 million) to meet the conditions of its loan agreement, and …

Drought, Climate Change and California's Multibillion-Dollar Problem

Two weeks before California Governor Jerry Brown’s announcement on Wednesday that residents and businesses in the Golden State — which is withering amid one of its worst droughts in modern history — would be subjected to unprecedented restrictions on water usage, he issued a blistering attack on …

Meet the Press

8 Ways To Get Work Done Faster

John Maynard Keynes, a famous economist in the 1930’s, predicted that his grandchildren would have a three-hour workday. Sadly, it did not happen–In fact, we now have the reverse! Organizations are looking for ways to do more with less, the population is aging, and the pace of work is …

Gender

GM to shut Russian plant as sales slide

MOSCOW (Reuters) - General Motors Co (GM.N) will shut a Russian factory and wind down its Opel brand in the country, taking a $600 million charge as it restructures to cope with a prolonged slump in the once-promising market, the U.S. carmaker said on Wednesday.<p>The General Motors logo is seen …

Greece’s Tsipras defiant ahead of emergency bailout meeting with lead lenders

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras insisted Wednesday his government will honour an election promise to end budget austerity – a note of defiance ahead of an expected meeting with the leaders of Germany and France on the country's troubled bailout.<p>Tsipras spoke in parliament before lawmakers were …

Euro-dollar parity just a 'matter of time' as single currency plunges to 12-year low

Single currency falls to 12 year low against the dollar, as analysts say parity is now inevitable<p>Euro-dollar parity is only a "matter of time", analysts said on Wednesday, after the single currency fell to a fresh 12-year low against the greenback.<p>The euro dropped as low as $1.0560 against the …

GM’s Stock Buyback Is Bad for America and the Company

General Motors’ announcement that it will settle a fight with activist shareholders by buying back $5 billion in stock over the coming 21 months is a major loss for American taxpayers and GM’s workers. The investors’ leader, Harry J. Wilson, called the deal a ”win-win outcome.” But the only real …

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U.S. running out of room to store oil; price collapse next?

The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.<p>For the past seven weeks, the United States has been producing and importing an average of 1 million more barrels of oil every day than it is …

Investors sour on Canadian banks ahead of earnings

TORONTO (Reuters) - Investor sentiment in Canadian banks has begun to sour ahead of earnings this week as short interest positions in the stocks have jumped and analysts have begun to get increasingly skittish about their prospects in a weakening Canadian economy.<p>Buildings are seen in the financial …

Fed rate rise timing back in the spotlight

LONDON (Reuters) - Greece’s struggles with its euro zone creditors may have grabbed much of the world’s attention, but U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is likely to reclaim the spotlight this week with testimony on a long-anticipated shift in policy.<p>U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen …

America Inc. warns of turbulence ahead

After an avalanche of earnings results in recent weeks, one thing is clear: Corporate America is worried about 2015.<p>The red flags: many companies warned that oil prices and the strong U.S. dollar could hurt sales this year.<p>Multinationals, ranging from Caterpillar (CAT) and Microsoft (MSFT) to …

Markets

France in new bid to nail fighter jet deal with India

Jean-Yves Le Drian will meet his counterpart Manohar Parrikar and other officials on Monday and Tuesday to prevent the sale's collapse ahead of an upcoming visit to Paris by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi.<p>French company Dassault Aviation won the right in January 2012 to enter exclusive …

NASA satellite image shows the frozen wasteland that currently is the United States

If you're reading this from anywhere in the United States right now, there's a pretty good chance it's cold outside. We're in the middle of a massive freeze that could last until March, the breadth of which NASA's Terra satellite just captured in the remarkable view you see above. See all that …

Solar Power Towers Are 'Vaporizing' Birds

But they aren't the deadliest energy source for our feathered friends<p>The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Nevada is set to come online in March. Once completed, it will use thousands of mirrors to focus sunlight on a tower, melting millions of pounds of salt contained inside. The molten salt …

Firms are getting 20-somethings into stocks by making trading apps look like video games

Bright colors, cartoon graphics and the ability to trade risk-free with virtual credits are features of apps such as BUX and Kapitall, which eschew financial lingo and complex charts in favor of competitive head-to-head battles and motivational messages like "OMG!" after placing a trade.<p>While …

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'Shark Tank' investor Kevin O'Leary shares the best advice he's ever received

O'Leary, an investor on the hit show "Shark Tank," briefly worked at Nabisco after receiving his MBA in 1980, but decided to build his own television production company, Special Event Television. There was a point when there was "a huge problem" with the business and his partner and cofounder Gerry …

Alan Greenspan: The euro is doomed

Alan Greenspan has harsh words for Greece: hit the road jack.<p>The former Federal Reserve Chairman told the BBC that Greece's best course of action is to leave the Eurozone. But Greenspan didn't stop there. He predicts Greece's exit is the beginning of the end for the euro.<p>"Short of a political …

Pilfering Office Supplies Can Mean Tax Evasion & Prison

The IRS wants you to report <i>everything</i> correctly, and that means everything. It is one reason that seemingly innocuous slips of paper like Forms 1099 are so important. Everyone is matched to your Social Security Number. Surprisingly, though, if you are missing a form 1099, you shouldn’t ask for …

Greece: Greenspan predicts exit from euro inevitable

<b>The former head of the US central bank, Alan Greenspan, has predicted that Greece will have to leave the eurozone.</b><p>He told the BBC he could not see who would be willing to put up more loans to bolster Greece's struggling economy.<p>Greece wants to re-negotiate its bailout, but Mr Greenspan said "I …

What the stock market needs now: American spending

February could be very fun: the stock market is now within striking distance of another all-time high.<p>Oil prices seem to have stabilized, corporations are looking healthy, and the economy is chugging along with more Americans getting jobs.<p>"There's new faith in the U.S. economy," says Albert …

Stocks are falling out of bed

Near 3:00 pm ET, stocks were near session lows, with the Dow down 97 points, the S&P 500 down 8 points, and the Nasdaq down 22 points.<p>The January jobs report was a beat.<p>Nonfarm payrolls grew by 257,000 in the first month of 2015, while wage growth topped expectations.<p>The unemployment rate ticked …

Microsoft is making some clever moves

<i>While</i> <i>Microsoft Office for mobile is a satisfying success, the company can’t seem to create—or even buy—a mobile operating system that can compete with iOS and Android. Perhaps they’ve been looking in the wrong direction and can return to their “trusted” Embrace and Extend tactics.</i><p><b>Microsoft</b> …

Greek Stocks and Bonds Sink After ECB Debt Decision

Standoff Between European Central Bank and Athens Weighs on Greek Shares, Bonds and Euro<p>By<p>Josie Cox<p>Josie Cox<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@JosieCoxWSJ<p>josie.cox@wsj.com<p>Greek stocks and bonds took a beating Thursday after the European Central Bankfueled an increasingly tense standoff between the …

European Central Bank

Wall Street prepared for bad news from the energy companies, but so far it's been worse than expected

The group has been falling alongside crude oil prices, which are down about 60 percent since June. That drop has led to not only weaker shares - the S&P Energy index <.SPNY> is one of the worst-performing groups of 2015, and it was last year's worst - but also sharply lower earnings estimates for …

Wall Street