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Regan: Why OPEC is fine with falling oil prices

Chances are you've been feeling a bit better about the economy in the last couple of months — and that optimism may have nothing to do with the stock market. Instead, you can thank lower prices at the gas pumps, a welcome boost to consumer spending power.<p>Despite increasing tensions in the Middle …

Allergan says a 2nd suitor wants to buy it, adding to takeover drama

Botox maker Allergan Inc., which has been fighting an unsolicited takeover bid from a Canadian pharmaceutical maker for six months, said in a regulatory filing that a second company is interested in buying it.<p>Allergan did not identify the new potential acquirer, but the prospect of a bidding war …

Why didn’t QE3 raise inflation expectations?

2014-10-30T19:30:34.000Z<p>By: Matthew C Klein<p>The Fed’s balance sheet is no longer in expansion mode, which means it’s time for post-mortems of the most …

Comcast-Time Warner Merger Faces State-Level Investigation

(Adds attempt to reach Comcast, statement from Indiana, background on deal)<p>By Diane Bartz<p>WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) - Florida and other U.S. states will join the Justice Department in seeking to determine if Comcast's plan to merge with Time Warner Cable is legal under U.S. antitrust law, …

A Chinese housing market crash could be even more disastrous than America’s

Investment drives China’s economy. And housing fuels a large share of that investment, contributing 33% of fixed-asset investment, says Zhang Zhiwei, an economist at Nomura—and, consequently, 16% of GDP. The decade-long housing boom that’s kept China’s GDP aloft has so far defied the bubble …

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The Mobile Ad Market Is Exploding Because of These Two Companies

The once-tiny mobile advertising sector is seeing huge growth, mainly thanks to the efforts of Google and Facebook. The two tech giants led a 105 …

From Alibaba To Weibo: Your A-Z Guide To China's Hottest Internet IPOs

From Google and Amazon to Facebook and Twitter, Silicon Valley has had its time to shine on Wall Street. Now it’s China’s turn.<p>More and more Chinese firms are filing for initial public offerings and investors are clamoring to get their hands on valuable web properties attached to China’s burgeoning …

Can Sobeys change leaders and conquer Western Canada at the same time?

(Sobeys; iStock)<p><b>An audacious idea had been stewing in Paul Sobey’s head for more than a decade</b>. The fourth-generation keeper of the Sobeys grocery …

How 10 people built a competitor to Amazon.com for $1 million—in 90 days

“Being a scrappy startup, it’s funny to see some of our designers forklift once in a while,” chuckles Chieh Huang, CEO of Boxed. Unlike most of Silicon Valley, which seems obsessed with multi-billion-dollar valuations for whatever ephemera the kids are into these days, Boxed moves just as many …

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How The Debt Limit Became 'A Nuclear-Tipped Leverage Point'

Political battles over the debt limit have been around nearly as long as the law passed by Congress in 1917 that set a statutory limit for how much debt the Treasury could accrue.<p>Since then, Congress has had to increase that limit on more than 100 occasions — and 40 of those times, lawmakers have …

Why Successful Companies Stop Growing

We’ve all seen examples of unstoppable companies that suddenly hit the wall. Growth slows down, stock prices start to decline, shareholders get nervous, and the press starts to speculate that something is wrong. In some cases, like P&G and Starbucks, the board brings back a former CEO who can …

The Smartest Leaders Make Their Own Opportunities

We all know no one posts the best jobs. The really juicy positions usually get handed around like a treasured prize within social networks. Maybe you’ll see a notice on LinkedIn, or a posting on your alumni listserv — but probably not. The most exciting jobs have an infinite number of aspirants, so …