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IBM: The Dow's Big Blah stock

Oil stocks have taken a whupping lately. Chevron (CVX) is now the worst performer in the Dow this year. It's down nearly 15%.<p>But the second-worst? It's not Exxon Mobil (XOM). That dubious honor falls to tech giant IBM (IBM).<p>Big Blue has been more Big Blah -- the stock has fallen more than 13% in …

America: The best place to put your money

If you slept through the past five years, you missed a helluva ride for the American stock market.<p>Not only did U.S. equities trounce their depressing performance from last decade, but they left all other major markets in the dust.<p>Since the end of 2009, the S&P 500 has generated annualized total …

Big Oil hits the brakes on shale spending

The American oil rush is starting to feel the heat.<p>With oil prices in free fall, the fear is that hunting for new shale in the U.S. may just not be that profitable.<p>ConocoPhillips (COP) became the first major U.S. oil company on Monday to reveal that it is slashing spending for 2015. There are …

Dublin’s property boom bounces back – but what about the rest of Ireland?

It was the price tag on an entirely mundane two-up, two-down Victorian house in Dalkey, south Dublin, that in 2006 confirmed to me that the Irish had lost all grip of reality when it came to property. Yes, Dalkey is nice, home to U2’s Bono, and maybe (at a stretch) on a par with Richmond upon …

The cheapest street in Britain: Houses for £5,000 each

Boarded-up house in Stockton-on-Tees being auctioned this week is on a road where 'vendettas are settled by firebombing houses'<p>A house has gone up for sale for just £5,000 in a crime-plagued street that can lay claim to be being the cheapest in Britain.<p>The last houses to sell on Limetrees Close in …

Fund manager Neil Woodford tops performance league tables

Early backers in Woodford Equity Income see 7.4% return, compared to average equity income fund return of just 0.7%<p>Neil Woodford, the “star” fund manager who quit Invesco Perpetual six months ago to set up on his own – and attracted billions from small investors – has shot to the top of the …

Shale oil gluts, 1980s Dynasty and Dallas edition

2014-12-08T18:21:02.000Z<p>By: Izabella Kaminska<p>If history really does repeat itself, then the upside of the oil glut of 2014 could be some top quality …

Sony hackers return and target PlayStation

Japanese gaming giant Sony has suffered yet another cyber attack after its PlayStation store was taken offline<p>Sony's PlayStation online store was hacked on Monday, leading to a two-hour outage.<p>The Japaense electronics giant said it was investigating the cause of the cyber attack but had not …

The third industrial revolution is basically dead, leading economist says

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Moore’s Law has been dead for some time, and the productivity boost from the third industrial revolution has nearly run …

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Inflation — and hotness — make economists superstars in Argentina

We all have our secret celebrity crushes: a movie star, a pop star, maybe even a sexy writer or two (hello, Benjamin Kunkel!). But in Argentina, some of the people with big Twitter followings and legions of autograph-seekers are ... economists. Really.<p>Yep! Though, of course, "the most popular …

Economists See Revved-Up Economy Next Year

4 min read<p>This story originally appeared on CNBC<p>In case you missed it, the U.S. economy is picking up speed.<p>That's the view of a panel of business economists, whose latest growth forecast calls for a 3.1 percent advance in U.S. gross domestic product in 2015—up from a 2.2 percent expansion this …

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Economists React: China’s Trade Weakens in November

China’s imports and exports both fell well short of expectations in November. With imports weaker than exports, China’s trade surplus climbed to a new record of $54.5 billion for the month. Part of the reason is likely a fall in raw materials prices, which makes China’s imports look lower in dollar …