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Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) on Wednesday named its first chief executive officer for China and said it plans to more than double its store count in that country to 5,000 by 2021.
"The world's biggest coffee chain promoted Belinda Wong to the title of CEO of Starbucks China"
Fueled by government spending and a housing frenzy, China's economic growth likely steadied at 6.7 percent in the third quarter, but slumping private investment, surging debt and the risk of a property correction are keeping the government and global investors on edge.
"Chinese leaders are trying to spur growth to create jobs, but are also facing pressure to push painful structural reforms such as cutting industrial overcapacity, raising the specter of more layoffs and debt defaults."
China's fixed-asset investment rose 8.2 percent in January-September from a year earlier, in line with market expectations, as the government ramped up infrastructure spending to support the economy.
"Analysts polled by Reuters had predicted investment growth in the period would pick up slightly from 8.1 percent in the first eight months of the year in China."
Oil prices rose on Wednesday, lifted by a report of a drop in U.S. crude inventories and declining production in China, while an upbeat OPEC statement on its planned output cut also supported the market.
"Oil prices rose on Wednesday, lifted by a report of a drop in U.S. crude inventories and declining production in China"
China will consider giving Filipino fishermen conditional access to disputed waters in the South China Sea after the presidents of the two countries meet in Beijing this week, two Chinese sources with ties to the leadership said.
"China will consider giving Filipino fishermen conditional access to disputed waters in the South China Sea"
Czech ministers and senior parliamentarians held a private meeting with exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Tuesday, risking upsetting China just as Prague is trying to boost ties with Beijing.
"Czech ministers and senior parliamentarians held a private meeting with exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Tuesday, risking upsetting China just as Prague is trying to boost ties with Beijing"
Suncor’s East Tank Farm Development is located in the Athabasca oil sands region in Alberta
"Suncor Energy Inc. (SU) and Mikisew Cree First Nation (MCFN) entered into a partnership agreement allowing MCFN to purchase a 14.7% interest in the East Tank Farm Development."
The bank, which has faced declining stock prices and fears of a cash shortage, says the larger political climate and the economic slowdown are to blame.
"Deutsche Bank (DB) has seen a number of major setbacks in recent memory, including widespread fear that it has a major cash shortage relative to its balance sheet, a number of prominent investors having decided to short its stock, and a resulting plummet in the prices of its shares"
Investors are abandoning actively managed mutual funds, hedge funds, ETFs and other vehicles at an accelerating rate in favor of passive funds
"Not everyone can be above average"
Cuomo's government is not happy about paying $1B in hedge fund management fees over the last eight years, with little to show for it.
"The New York State Department of Financial Services is not happy with the hedge fund industry as a whole or with the Comptroller's office and its investments in particular"
Black hole: U.S. corporate bonds could suffer $1.1 trillion in losses if interest rates rise 1%, says Goldman Sachs
"Corporate bondholders are trying to assess how big a risk they face at this point in the market cycle as the Fed weighs when and how much it will boost rates."
Twenty-two stock analysts recently have ranked Honeywell International Inc. as a "buy."
"Several stock analysts appear optimistic about Honeywell International Inc. (HON), which is reflected in some of their recent rankings."
More than last year. The list is growing and reasons include family considerations and building up sales figures for Black Friday.
"If you love you some Thanksgiving-night shopping, some stores will likely find themselves on your naughty list this year"
Saudi Arabia has seen a bad stock market performance, disappointing oil prices, and more. Is the country becoming desperate?
"Over the past two years, as oil prices have slumped considerably around the world, Saudi Arabia has been hit harder than most other countries"
Taser International Inc. recently offered 1,000 free TASR Axon body cameras, software and storage to the New York City Police Department.
"Taser International Inc. (TASR) may have earned a second chance to secure an agreement with the New York City Police Department (NYPD)"
At VMworld in Europe, the network infrastructure and virtualization leader announced latest enterprise communication tools in collaboration with Microsoft.
"Today at VMworld 2016 in Barcelona, Spain, VMware Inc. (VMW), the network infrastructure and virtualization company based out of Palo Alto, Calif., announced a variety of new offerings along with reiterating its continued collaboration with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)"
If GoPro becomes a Hollywood staple, GPRO could offer significant potential.
"GoPro, Inc. (GPRO) may look to Hollywood for its future."
As security companies kick off earnings season, revenue breakdowns matter, particularly growth in subscription based services driven by a cloud transition.
"As the cybersecurity space continues to heat up in light of headline data breaches and cyber crime worldwide, security companies are positioned to continue to grow, riding the wave of developing technology such as the Internet of Things (IoT)."
Lululemon's 3Q same-store sales will fall below analyst estimates due to mediocre sales of its new athletic tops and deteriorating store traffic.
"Lululemon Athletica Inc.'s (LULU) 3Q comps sales will fall below analyst estimates of mid-single digits due to falling store foot traffic and poor sales of its new athletic tops."
"Have you been waiting for the price of "Hamilton" tickets to come down to see the show?"
General Mills' venture-capital arm, 301 Inc., has shifted its focus away from mid-sized brands to younger startups.
"General Mills Inc. (GIS) is doing its best to make its products healthier for customers, which is based on changing consumer trends"
Rising oil prices helped U.S. retail sales increase 0.6% in September. The probability for an interest rate hike in September continues to increase.
"Consumer spending in the U.S. bounces bank."
Wall Street expects the steel producer to deliver year-over-year increases in both revenue and profits.
"Steel Dynamics Inc. (STLD) will report third quarter fiscal 2016 earnings results after the closing bell Wednesday"
The U.K. currency, pound sterling, continues to plumb new lows as a political crisis seems to be the next chapter in the Brexit story.
"News of political discord within the Prime Minister’s cabinet pushed the yield on the 10-year gilt bond to its highest level Monday since the Brexit vote in June and is weighing down the currency as well"
President Obama took the latest step to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba, and this one is a boon for cigar and rum aficionados.
"On Friday, the Obama administration lifted the $100 limit restriction on Cuban rum and cigars carried by American travelers back from the island"