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What the TPP Means for Small Businesses

They often lack the resources to navigate complex foreign regulations.

As we honor America’s small businesses this Saturday, we should resolve to help them not only with our patronage at home, but also with our patriotism abroad.

It’s no secret that small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. …

Small Business

Car sales rev up on US holiday weekend

Detroit (AFP) - US retailers faced competition for customers from car sellers on Thanksgiving weekend, as auto dealers offered bargains on vehicles as alluring as any discounted TV or stereo system.

The mad dash for midnight "Black Friday" deals at stores like Walmart and Target the day after …


For their second act, Keystone killers tackle Exxon

Green groups aim to make Exxon face consequences for, they say, obscuring the risks of climate change.

The same rowdy band of green activists who toppled the Keystone XL pipeline are aiming their sights at ExxonMobil.

Environmental groups are waging an escalating public relations campaign against the …

Climate Change

Rupert Murdoch: Tribune selling newspaper group

LOS ANGELES -- Rupert Murdoch, not often an outsider when it comes to knowledge of media deals, told the world Friday that he has "strong word" that Tribune Publishing's newspaper group is going to be acquired and that it will split off the Los Angeles Times in the process.

Media baron Murdoch, …

News Industry

Oil prices fall more than 3% as dollar and oversupply continue to weigh

Oil prices settled sharply lower Friday, pressured by a stronger dollar and the global oversupply of crude still clouding the outlook for the industry.

Weak industrial data from China and a regulatory crackdown on Chinese stockbrokers also put pressure on the commodity, as fears about oil demand …


Brazil to sue mining companies BHP and Vale for $5bn over dam disaster

Brazil’s government has announced it will sue mining giants BHP Billiton and Vale for $US5.2bn after the deadly collapse of a dam at an iron ore mine sent 60 million cubic meters of mud and mine waste cascading into the Atlantic ocean and left more than 13 people dead.

Environment minister Izabella …


Venezuela is accusing the US of industrial espionage

The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is investigating a report that the U.S. government has been spying on executives of the state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela, or PDVSA, over the past decade. “The oil industry is the backbone of the Venezuelan economy,” Maduro said on state …

National Security Agency (NSA)

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End Of Medicare Bonuses Will Cut Pay To Primary Care Doctors

Many primary care practitioners will be a little poorer next year because of the expiration of a health law program that has been paying them a 10 percent bonus for caring for Medicare patients. Some say the loss may trickle down to the patients, who could have a harder time finding a doctor or …


Here's what Wall Street is predicting for the stock market in 2016

The stock market forecasts for 2016 are rolling in.

Wall Street steadily lowered its expectations for the stock market as 2015 unfolded.

On Friday, the S&P 500 traded near 2,090, and the median year-end target on the index was 2,150 according to Bloomberg data. Last December, it was 2,213.

Based on …

Wall Street

Iran unveils upgraded model for oil contracts

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has unveiled a new model of oil contracts aimed at attracting foreign investment once sanctions are lifted under a landmark nuclear deal reached earlier this year.

The new Iran Petroleum Contract (IPC) unveiled Saturday replaces the previous buy-back model. Iran has …

Foreign Investment

Mental competence suit against Redstone raises questions over future of Viacom and CBS

The lawsuit filed this week challenging the mental competence of media mogul Sumner Redstone has raised questions among legal and business experts over the future of the 92-year-old billionaire's empire and how his companies should respond.

Redstone controls CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc., which owns …


Workforce Numbers Reveal Divided U.S. Electorate

The U.S. economy has had a bumpy ride since 2000 and a look at employment data shows that different parts of the country have reacted very differently. Big urban counties and minority centers have seen more people enter the workforce. Rural counties and less-diverse places have seen more people …

Republican Primary

Two fascinating charts show that only a small minority of stocks actually drive market gains

A recent chart-filled note from CLSA's Damian Kestel shows just how top-heavy the US stock market's gains are. In fact, if you only held the bottom 75% of stocks, it turns out that you wouldn't make any return at all. The average (mean) return of a US stock is actually slightly negative.

The data is …


Bargain-basement McLaren is still pretty super

Whatever you do, don’t call this the bargain-basement McLaren, or Ron Dennis will come to your house and vacuum for two hours.

Carbon Fiber

Stock Market Tests Coming With Auto Sales, Job Reports and More

Stocks largely gained in a thinly traded Thanksgiving week—small moves logged while Wall Street welcomed a spate of economic data and a cautious outlook for holiday spending that many traders see doing little to nudge the Federal Reserve from a December interest rate hike (figure 1).

You heard that …

Stock Markets

HSBC is on the cusp of abandoning Britain

HSBC has warned the markets for the last six months that it is debating whether it will relocate its London headquarters amid constantly changing regulations in the City.

Now, it looks very likely it could go ahead after some of its most prominent shareholders publicly declared that they would back …

United Kingdom

Qatar bans contractors leaving country in rain-damage probe

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar has banned contractors from leaving the small, oil-rich country as it carries out a probe into how heavy rains damaged buildings and roadways.

An article late Friday on the state-run Qatar News Agency announced the travel ban. It said "owners of companies, …


Is there an economic case for tackling climate change?

What is the economic case for tackling climate change? And if that case can be made, what's the best way of going about it?

And, yes, this is all based on the assumptions that policy makers are taking with them to the Paris conference: that the climate is warming due at least partly to human …

Climate Change

British Airways passengers who fled plane fire file lawsuit

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Passengers who ran from a British Airways flight that caught fire in September before takeoff in Las Vegas are suing the plane's manufacturer and the maker of the engines.

London-based Stewarts Law said Friday it filed a lawsuit in Chicago against GE Aviation and Boeing Co. on …

British Airways

Ferrari Test Drives Curbed in Hometown Clampdown

Find out why horsepower lost out to City Hall in a dispute over Ferrari test drives in and around the car's hometown.


How Microsoft Spent $91 Billion in 12 Months

A woman walks by a sign at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington. Image credit: Microsoft.

Microsoft's fortunes may be ebbing, but it still generates a ridiculous amount of money. Over the last 12 months, it earned $91 billion in revenue, ranking 26th among S&P 500 companies. What does the …


Oil countries only slowly warming to climate challenge

Paris (AFP) - Global oil producers, who provide the world with much of the fossil fuel that causes global warming, are in no hurry to brighten up their own image as climate dinosaurs.

Some Gulf countries have timidly started investing in renewable energy, but experts say the initiatives are just a …


China, South Africa firms sign $930 million in deals ahead of Xi trip: Xinhua

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Companies from China and South Africa have signed 23 deals worth $930 million ahead of a visit to South Africa by Chinese President Xi Jinping next week, China's state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday.

The agreements were in sectors including steel, energy, …


U.S. Stock Market Shrugs Off China's Drop for Focus on Shopping

Early action in U.S. stocks pointed up this Black Friday, as thin volume with potential spurts of volatility colors a shortened trading session. Markets will close at 1 p.m. Eastern, with no economic data due for release.

U.S. markets looked to buck the negative tone that gripped most international …


Cards Against Humanity Makes $71,000 on Black Friday by Selling Absolutely Nothing

Cards Against Humanity, the popular and politically incorrect party game, offered a Black Friday deal like no other this year: you shell out $5 and get absolutely nothing in return.

The company, which markets itself as "a party game for horrible people," replaced its online store with only the …

Cards Against Humanity

Inspiring Young Indian Startups With The Under 25 Club

It’s young India that’s taking up the baton when it comes to new ideas and entrepreneurial startups, so why not create a network for those aged 25 and below, who want to be taken a little more seriously? That’s exactly what two enterprising youth did when they created a business from the Under 25 …


Farm recalls produce used in Costco salad linked to E. coli

A California farm is recalling a vegetable mix believed to be the source of E.coli in Costco chicken salad that has been linked to an outbreak that has sickened 19 people in seven states, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.

Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. of Tracy has recalled a mix of diced …

E. Coli

Super Slump: Why there’s no end in sight as resources rout gathers steam

Welcome to the superslump.

Four years after the commodity supercycle began to ebb in 2011, prices for raw materials are hitting surprising new depths. From aluminum to iron ore to nickel to zinc, the basic building blocks of global industry are in free fall.

The forces driving the great decline in …

Canadian News

Facebook dads and same-sex couples to benefit from changes to parental leave

Beginning next year, full-time Facebook employees around the globe will be entitled to four months paid parental leaves. The social network currently offers just four weeks leave to employees outside the United States. Facebook's head of human resources, Lori Matloff Goler, said employees will be …


Small-Cap Seasonality: It's The Right Time For This ETF

November marks the start of the best six-month period in which to be long equities and as the 11th month of the year draws to a close, market participants increasingly ponder the odds of a Santa Claus rally and the arrival of the January Effect.

The January Effect is the notion that small-caps lead …


PS4 Destroys Xbox One While Chromecast Crushes Apple TV And Amazon Fire In New Sales Figures

One of the fastest growing areas in consumer electronics right now is that of the ‘connected TV device’. New research by key industry analyst Strategy Analytics shows that the global connected TV device market – including smart TVs and game consoles – hit 53 million units in the third quarter of …


Kentucky, Beacon for Health Law, Now a Lab for Its Retreat

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Carolyn Bouchard, a diabetic with a slowly healing shoulder fracture, hurried to see her doctor after Matt Bevin was elected governor here this month.

Ms. Bouchard, 60, said she was sick of politics and had not bothered voting. But she knew enough about Mr. Bevin, a conservative …


Retailers opt out of Black Friday, encouraging more time outdoors

As most retail managers were facing throngs of frenzied Black Friday shoppers, Jake Wolfe of Rocktown Adventures spent one of the busiest commercial days of the year taking two prospective customers on a scenic hike along the Fox River Trail.

The outdoor recreation store closed its doors the day …

Pecan Pie

Turns out you can actually save thousands of dollars using online rebates

I earn money almost every time I shop online using a totally free website.

Sound too good to be true, right? I was skeptical when I first learned about cash back platform Ebates. I first heard about it through a friend who's been using Ebates since 2009. She's a very conscientious shopper and told …


Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong is postponing IPO of healthcare data company NantHealth

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, the billionaire L.A. medical entrepreneur, is postponing the planned initial public offering of his healthcare data company, NantHealth.

The news comes five months after Soon-Shiong told The Times that he planned to take the Culver City company public by the end of this year.


Are Retailers Shooting Themselves In The Foot This Black Friday Weekend?

Retailers, when it comes to the deals, you better pull out all the stops this Black Friday weekend.

That’s because consumers are expecting even higher discounts this selling season than usual, according to Simon-Kucher & Partner’s 2015 consumer holiday shopping study.

The survey of 1,000-plus …


This Sneaky Interview Technique Forces Job Candidates to Answer Honestly

They won't be able to tell you what they think you want to hear -- because they won't know.

What are some questions that someone interviewing you about your career should ask you in order to get your very best stories and insights? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where