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Major Airline Deal Experiencing Turbulence

A proposed tie-up between AMR Corp.'s (NYSE: AMR) American Airlines, British Airways PLC (OTC: BAIRY), and Spain's Iberia Lineas Aereas de Espana SA (PINK: IBRLY) is catching flak from both sides of the Atlantic as U.S. and European regulators have raised antitrust concerns. The three carriers last year applied for permission to cooperate more closely […]

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Trusted Brand Names Will Point the Way to the Top IPO and M&A Profit Plays

Whether the topic is initial public stock offerings (IPOs), or mergers-and-acquisitions (M&A), the strongest brand names will deliver the biggest profits almost every time. For starters, just look at the deal that seems to have fired off the latest round of global M&A deals: The $16.7 billion unsolicited takeover bid that Kraft Foods Inc. (NYSE: […]

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It's the Best Investment in North America – and It Isn't the United States

The U.S. stock market has run up magnificently in the last six months. The U.S. economy has begun to recover, but its performance has fallen short of expectations. And with good reason. The United States has a bigger and more-troubled financial sector than most countries. It also has a bigger overhang from the housing bubble, […]

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Asian Economies to 'Lead the Recovery,' Says ADB

Asian economies are recovering faster than previously thought and will lead the charge out of the worst global downturn since the 1930s, according to new forecasts by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) – a Manila-based institution that promotes economic and social progress in the Asia-Pacific region. After slashing its forecast for the region in March, […]

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The World's Most Exciting Market – Until They Spoiled it

Over the past year, Brazil has established itself as one of the most exciting markets in the world for investors. Its Bovespa stock index is up 55% this year. And the discovery of the huge new Tupi oil field off its east coast has led some investors to refer to Brazil as the "New Saudi […]

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As Key Global Markets Stumble, Gold and Dividend Stocks May Keep Investors on Course

[Editor's Note: The U.S. stock market – and the Money Morning editorial office – is closed for the Memorial Day holiday today (Monday). But we'll resume our regular publishing schedule tomorrow (Tuesday), with a look at the week ahead, a look at investment plays in the solar-energy field, and several other reports.] By Jason Simpkins […]

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How Beatniks, Pyromaniacs and Gangsters Caused the Global Financial Crisis

By Martin Hutchinson Contributing Editor Money Morning Let’s face it: The financial services sector has suffered a severe loss in popularity. The result is that governments in both the United Kingdom and the United States are looking for lightening rods to absorb all the criticism, and bankers have made for the ideal candidates. Now Franz […]

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Commodities Coup: Moscow Seizes Control of Agricultural Exports

By Jason Simpkins Associate Editor Russia has generated considerable political ill will throughout the former Soviet Union and even in Europe by renationalizing its energy sector – ultimately using such state-run ventures as OAO Gazprom and its resource-rich position as weapons of economic diplomacy. And now that Russia has formed a state-run grain trader, analysts […]

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Global Investing Roundups

InBev Seeks Overthrow of AB Board; Microsoft Open to New Talks with Yahoo; Crude Retreats; Merrill Lynch to Write Down $6 billion; Freddie and Fannie Tumble; Tighter Fed?; Greenback Weighs on Gold; Prius Goes Solar Belgian brewer InBev NV announced yesterday (Monday) that it would attempt to remove the entire Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. (BUD) board […]

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LIBOR Sends Another Shaky Signal to the Global Financial Markets

By Martin HutchinsonContributing Editor The news that the London Interbank Offer Rate (LIBOR) system of setting interest rates is running into trouble was surprising at first glance.  It seems some banks are giving phony LIBOR quotations that don't reflect the true rates at which they accept deposits. In the perfect financial system, beloved of regulators […]

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