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How Long Before Greece Leaves the Euro Zone?
I find it ironic that a country which defrauded its way into the Euro Zone is likely to be the first country to exit the Euro Zone. Despite a raft of hasty denials by just about everyone in Brussels, it now seems all but inevitable that Greece will bail on the Euro when they default on the €110 billion bailout they received just one year ago.
Of course, this all started on Friday when an article came out in Der Spiegel claiming that Greece was mulling an exit from the Euro due to near-daily violent protests and the apparent failure of austerity measures. An emergency meeting of European finance ministers was convened in Luxembourg in response to the report, which they all denied. Methinks they doth protest too much.
Coal Use in China Shines Light on Growth
International coal prices hit $124 per ton last week, the highest level in five months, as strong demand from reconstruction projects in Japan and reduced supply from flood-ravaged Australia have made coal supply tight.
The floods in Queensland, Australia cut the country's output of coal by 15%; other big coal producers such as Indonesia, South Africa and Colombia are experiencing similar production cuts due to floods of their own.
At the end of March, coal prices were 33% higher than a year ago, and earlier this month mining giant Xstrata PLC (PINK: XSRAF) inked a one-year deal with a Japanese utility at $130 per ton, effectively setting a floor under coal prices in the near-term. That's up from $98 per ton the company made in a similar deal a year ago.
Perhaps no country is more affected by this development than China.
Resurgent Greek Debt Crisis Stokes Concern, Causes S&P to Lower Rating
Concern that the Greek debt crisis is far from resolved led Standard & Poor's to lower that troubled country's debt rating even deeper into junk territory yesterday (Monday).
The S&P cut Greece to B from BB- with a warning it could downgrade further.
"In our view, there is increased risk that Greece will take steps to restructure the terms of its commercial debt, including its previously-issued government bonds," S&P said in a statement.
A restructuring of the Greek debt could result in principal reductions of 50% or more, with the loss borne by the bondholders.
One year after a bailout intended to help the Greek government address its crushing debt – it owes more than 150% of its gross domestic product (GDP) – European Union (EU) leaders are worried Greece is not doing enough to fix its debt problems.
China's Economy Continues to Ascend – But Watch Out for Speed Bumps
Everyone knows that China's economy is hot. The only question is whether it may be a little too hot.
China posted yet another quarter of stellar economic growth in the first quarter of 2011, with its gross domestic product (GDP) growing 9.7%. However, analysts are worried about some of the side effects that have accompanied that growth- namely soaring inflation and the emergence of speculative bubbles.
Inflation in China hit a 32-month high in March, and the country's real estate market is beyond scorching.
Policymakers in Beijing insist they have the situation under control, and they've been trying to rein in liquidity and curb speculation to prove it. That's why China's economy, accustomed to double-digit growth, is only expected to grow 8% to 9% this year.
The Coming Bond Market Collapse: Three Ways to Dodge the Damage
We're on a collision course with the worst bond market collapse in decades.
The warning signs are as clear as day.
There's still time to dodge the damage – and even to profit – if you know what to look for.
But the time to make your move is now…
How to Profit if the Nigeria Elections Drive Up Oil Prices
Oil prices are on the rise for a bevy of reasons – soaring demand in emerging markets, the weak dollar, and a strengthening U.S. recovery, to name a few.
However, supply disruptions and civil unrest in the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region in recent months have had the biggest impact on oil prices. Egypt, Libya and Yemen have all played a part in driving up oil prices, and now they're about to be joined by another volatile oil producer.
I'm talking about Nigeria.
Canada: Investing in the World's Safest Economy Can Put Profits in Your Pocket
When a March 25 "no-confidence" vote toppled the government of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, it also set the stage for a new general election.
This May 2 election will be Canada's third in five years and fourth in seven years. In light of the civil unrest in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region – not to mention the financial problems that continue to plague Europe – it would be understandable if global investors added Canada to the "do not invest" list.
But don't make that mistake: Our neighbor to the north remains one of the most stable big-market profit plays on the planet today.
Some investors even refer to it as the "world's safest economy." And with good reason.
Buy, Sell or Hold: Suncor (NYSE: SU) Energy Inc. Is an Oil Gusher with Limited Risk
If you are looking for a mining company that generates energy with its own diversified refinery division, wholly owned pipelines, and a retail gas station network, then Suncor Energy Inc. (NYSE: SU) should be at the top of your list.
Here are just a few reasons why:
- Suncor offers diverse and reliable production at a time when civil unrest in the Middle East has increased uncertainty in the energy market.
- It's leveraged to higher oil prices.
- It's transparent
- And it's reducing its debt.
There's no question about it: Suncor Energy Inc. is a "Buy" (**).
China's Highway System Growth Paves the Way to a Stronger Economy
What some have called "the worst traffic jam in human history" happened on the Beijing-Tibet Highway in August 2010. It trapped some drivers for more than 20 days and stretched more than 60 miles (97 kilometers).
The mess was so severe that local residents turned into vendors and profited from selling water, noodles and nuts to stalled travelers.
The cause of the auto standstill was thousands of trucks transporting coal from Inner Mongolia's coal fields to power plants in Beijing's suburbs to satisfy the country's surging electricity demand. The lack of railways connecting the two regions often results in trucks crowding highways, and excessive road damage from heavy vehicles blocks parts of the highway from maintenance.
BATS Global Markets to Challenge NYSE, Nasdaq for Stock Listings
Just as a wave of mergers and acquisitions among the world's major bourses has raised regulatory concerns, a feisty challenger, BATS Global Markets, has announced plans to enter the stock listings business by year's end.
As an Electronic Communication Network (ECN), BATS currently can conduct trades of stocks listed on other exchanges but has no stock listings of its own. As another primary U.S. market, BATS would compete directly with NYSE Euronext (NYSE: NYX) and Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ) for listings of publicly traded U.S. companies.
Its timing couldn't be better. A merger proposed in February between the Deustche Börse AG and the NYSE Euronext would create an exchange nearly four times bigger than any rival. News of that deal drove Nasdaq to consider a counter-bid for NYSE Euronext, which if successful would leave just one U.S. listing market.