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[snap]: Brazil real hits 4-year low against USD | Financial Times

Brazilian real dropped as low as R$2.1496 per USD on Friday – its weakest level since May 2009.<p>Let’s hope all those Brazilian companies that have …

Why SaaS fragmentation is giving rise to new markets

<i>This is a guest post by freelance writer Mark Boyd</i><p>Fragmentation between software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions is beginning to affect the average business that has moved from server-based software to the cloud.<p>Christian Staples runs spa installation business Arctic Spas Utah, and uses eight SaaS …

Brazil’s economy is weak, but its IPOs are still going strong

Brazil’s GDP growth has been disappointing, but one company remains bullish on the economy: cement producer Votorantim Cimentos. The Brazilian company today filed information relating to its upcoming IPO, which will raise almost $5 billion in one of the largest public offerings of the year. That’s …

Chinese Manufacturing PMI Beats Expectations, Rising To 50.8

This beat expectations for a fall to 50, and was up from April's reading of 50.6<p>The rise was driven by output which climbed to 53.3 in May, from 52.6 the previous month.<p>The HSBC Flash PMI fell to a seven-month low of 49.6 in May.<p>Here is the full table:<p>The modest expansion in manufacturing activity …

Manufacturing

The Only 3 Indicators Of Chinese Monetary Policy That You Need To Watch

But there has been much confusion about what metrics to track. Should we be watching broad money supply, measures of credit like loan growth, total social financing (TSF) and so on, or interest rates.<p>In a new note, Bank of America's Ting Lu writes that the three best indicators of China's "monetary …

Economics

BRICS nations fail to launch new bank

Leaders from the so-called BRICS group of emerging nations have failed to launch a much-anticipated new development bank to rival Western-dominated institutions like the World Bank.<p>After holding talks in the South African port city of Durban on Wednesday, leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China …

Asia stocks fall sharply as banks weigh

HONG KONG (MarketWatch) — Asia stocks came under strong selling pressure Thursday, with banks putting in a particularly weak performance across the …

Stock Markets

UK has already returned to growth, says OECD

Hopes that Britain will avoid a triple-dip recession were bolstered after a leading forecaster said the country had already returned to growth and official figures showed the key services sector expanding at its strongest pace in five months.<p>The UK enjoyed yearly growth of 0.5pc in the first …

UK Economy

Risk Is Back: America's Big Banks Are Knee-Deep In Derivatives

<i>The following is a guest post by George Schultze, founder of Schultze Asset Management LLC, an alternative investments firm founded in 1998 that manages approximately $230 million in assets and specializes in distressed securities.</i><p>I’ve been following the derivatives markets for almost two decades – …

Consumers Are Addicted To Facebook On Mobile

<i>Mobile Insights is a daily newsletter from BI Intelligence delivered first thing every morning exclusively to BI Intelligence subscribers. Sign up for a free trial of BI Intelligence today.</i><p><b>Consumers Are Using Mobile To Bank, But Not To Buy (WSJ)</b><br>Americans are increasingly using their phones to avoid …

Mobile

Here's How The Growth Of Mobile Is Leading To An Explosion In Usage

<i>These charts are from the new Future of Mobile slide deck. The deck was produced by Henry Blodget and the team at BI Intelligence, a research and analysis service focused on mobile computing and the Internet. Please check out the full Future of Mobile deck here. All of the charts and data in the</i> …

Mobile

Japan industrial output shows surprise fall

LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Japan's industrial production showed a surprise contraction in February, confounding expectations for a sizeable gain …

Is 'Miller Fortune' the Next Big Beer Launch?

Is MillerCoors prepping a new beer called Miller Fortune?<p>That is the implication of this filing the brewer made recently with the U.S. Patent and …

How Samsung Became Such a Formidable Competitor

Samsung dominates certain markets – like AMOLED displays, TV and some areas of smartphones. How come?<p>One of its great successes has been the AMOLED display that we see in Samsung and Nokia Lumia phones.<p>Samsung has 99% of the global AMOLED display market, and 40% of the OLED market. More important, …

Running Music: Playlists to Help You Pick Up the Pace

Freshen up your running playlist with these fast-paced songs<p>Thirty-five percent of WH readers told us in an online poll that when exercising outdoors, they always listen to music—and that their tunes are as essential as their sneaks and sports bra.<p>Need to freshen up your all-important running music …