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China’s Copper Collateral

China’s Copper Collateral

It started with Shanghai Chaori Solar Energy (002506: CH). Two weeks ago, the company said it might not be able to make a payment to investors on a ¥1-billion ($164-million) bond. Chaori Solar was supposed to make an interest payment equivalent to $15 million on the first week in March, but was only able to...

Qatar's Ambitious World Cup Goal

Qatar’s Ambitious World Cup Goal

Qatar used to be one of the poorest of the Gulf states. In 1940, vast oil and gas reserves were discovered. While this replaced pearling and fishing as Qatar’s main source of revenue, it wasn’t until Sheikh Hamad took control of the country in 1995 that Qatar began developing into the emerging market that it...

Nigeria Accused of Siphoning Fuel Funds

Nigeria Accused of Siphoning Fuel Funds

Nigeria has been making an excellent case for oil investment lately. It’s poised to become the largest economy in Africa in 2014, boasts a government working towards trade liberalization with emphasis on direct foreign investment, and is home to 20% of Africa’s population. As Africa’s No. 1 oil-producing country, and the 10th most petroleum-rich country...

Road to Sochi Slicked With Oil

Road to Sochi Slicked With Oil

The road to Sochi, home of the 2014 Winter Olympics, is slicked with the good intentions and checkbook receipts of Russian oil and energy giants. Along with other state-owned companies close to Putin, energy companies like Gazprom (OGZPY) and Rosneft (RNFTF) have left their mark on this historic event by contributing, in a big way,...

Oil Giant Triumphs in the Face of Near-Shattering Defeat

Oil Giant Triumphs in the Face of Near-Shattering Defeat

Big oil companies have had a tough time this earnings season. For the second quarter in a row, both ExxonMobil (XOM) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDS-A) have reported substantially lower earnings, blaming lower gas prices and exorbitant costs of mega-projects across the globe, Investment Director Karim Rahemtulla recently reported. Even Chevron (CVX) issued profit warnings...

Caterpillar Gets Bulldozed in China

Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) is in the process of learning a costly lesson in dealing with Chinese companies. Siwei, an up-and-coming Chinese coal mining equipment manufacturer, caught Caterpillar’s eye in 2012. It enticed Caterpillar by offering an opportunity to break into a market that would help secure Caterpillar as the world’s authority of heavy equipment. The...

Iran Open for Business

Iran Open for Business

The fact that he came at all… is news in itself. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s appearance at the World Economic Forum last week caused ripples of excitement across Davos, Switzerland. It’s the first time in 10 years that an Iranian president has attended the annual event. Not only did he show up, he came bearing...

Infighting Delays Canal Cash

Infighting Delays Canal Construction

The Panama Canal is one of the most important cargo routes in the world. It shaves off over 8,000 miles of east-west travel, decreasing the transit time and added costs of going around South America’s entire continent. But there’s a problem happening right now that could affect your pockets. If the disagreement between the Panama...

Provocative “Electri-Tech” for Power…

Provocative “Electri-Tech” for Power

Light bulbs are going off as Zhong Lin Wang stomps on the floor in his Georgia Tech lab – thousands of them, in fact. As these small LED lights flicker on and off, clean, renewable energy is created seemingly out of thin air. Hoping to offset the problems caused by the steady evaporation of conventional...

Russia Gets Gassed

Russia Gets Gassed

Has Europe found an alternative to exorbitantly priced Russian natural gas suppliers? Deals signed in Azerbaijan, worth more than $35 billion, point to yes – and the actual value of signed investments could be even higher. Most importantly, it’s a chance for Europe to wean itself off of costly Russian natural gas suppliers. If you...