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Population: 48.9 million Currency: Won (KRW) Natural resources: coal, tungsten, graphite, molybdenum, lead, hydropower potential Industries: Electronics, telecommunications, automobile production, chemicals, shipbuilding, steel


South Korea's economy has been dominated by dozens of financially complex, conglomerates that have been central to its rise on the global stage.


Asia's fourth-largest economy is far less vulnerable to shocks triggered during the Asian financial crisis in 1997.

Samsung Electronics flag and South Korean flag (R) flutter outside its headquarters in Seoul.

The economy is dominated by companies that are now household names such as Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Hyundai Motors, and Kia Motors.

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South Korea's economy and its stock market are dominated by dozens of financially complex, family-run, multinational conglomerates that have been central to the nation's rise on the global stage.


South Korea's resilient economy has earned it a rank among the so-called Asian tigers. But, its export-driven industries are volatile, even as it's grown to global prominence.

Toy Wars: Christmas in July

Robert Carroll, UBS analyst, weighs in on the competition for this holiday season's hit toy.

Can Bernanke Save the Economy?

The FMHR traders have the play on coal stocks, and John Brynjolfsson, Armored Wolf CIO, provides his perspective on additional quantitative easing, 10-year yields and whether China is headed for a hard landing.

Citigroup Shares Rise on Earnings Beat

Gerard Cassidy, RBC Capital Markets lead banking analyst, breaks down the big bank's second quarter numbers, and weighs in with his play on the stock.

Analyst Call on Amazon Phone: Hang Up!

Colin Sebastian, Robert W. Baird analyst explains why he doesn't think Amazon should focus on smartphones.

Target Hits 52-Week Bullseye

Should investors give the retail stock a shot, on the heels of hitting new highs? Patrick McKeever, MKM Partners senior analyst, weighs in.

Ackman's 'Biggest Ever Active, Initial Investment'

Dissecting the day's major business news, with the Fast Money traders. Linda Bolton Weiser of Caris & Co. provides perspective on whether Proctor & Gamble is undervalued, and Charlie Bobrinskoy of Ariel Investments discusses his firm's heavy focus on JPMorgan.

Buy Groupon on New Lows?

Mark Mahaney, Citigroup Investment Research Internet analyst, discusses why he maintains a "buy" rating on Groupon and a $19 per share price target, despite hitting new lows since the stock went public last November.

China Slowdown Hitting the High-End?

A slower economy in China is hitting high-end retailers, like Burberry. Bryan Gildenberg, Kantar retail analyst, explains the tough situation luxury retailers are facing.

The China Effect on High-End Retail

The economic slowdown in China is impacting Burberry sales, reports CNBC's Courtney Reagan. Stacey Widlitz of SW Retail Advisors, and Erika Maschmeyer of R.W. Baird, provide perspective.

FMHR Top Three Trades

The FMHR traders weigh in with their top three stock plays. Steve Milunovich, UBS analyst, discusses the direction of IBM's earnings and explains why he has a "buy" rating on Apple and considers the stock "cheap" at these levels.

Yahoo on the Search for a New CEO

Jordan Rohan, Stifel Nicolaus senior analyst, discusses Yahoo's efforts to find a new top executive, and explains why he thinks Ross Levinsohn is the top contender for the spot, and has set a price target of $21 a share on the stock.

Weak Demand Hits Chip Outlook

Cummins plunged 9 percent today on news the company lowered its Q2 and full-year guidance today, with the FMHR traders; and Applied Micro Devices & Applied Materials both slashed their estimates yesterday, with Chris Danely, JPMorgan analyst.

Nomura Upgrades American Express

Shares of American Express jump 1 percent on the Nomura upgrade. Bill Carcache, Nomura senior payments analyst, weighs in.

Will Mini iPad Eat Android's Lunch?

Discussing Apple's debut of its smaller version of the iPad, and its impact on competitors like Amazon, with Gene Munster, Piper Jaffray analyst.

Drought Sparks Historical Commodity Rally: Expert

A look at why commodity prices are skyrocketing as a result of this summer's drought, with Jason Roose, U.S. Commodities analyst.

UBS Analyst on the Credit Card Trade

John Williams, UBS analyst, discusses his company's downgrade on Visa and MasterCard. "These are by no means broken companies, or broken stories, it's just right now we do not like the macro setup," says Williams.

Jefferies: Buy Wells Fargo

Ken Usdin, Jefferies, explains his bullish call on Wells Fargo ahead of the bank's earnings this Friday. Meanwhile Nicole Miller Regan, Piper Jaffray, says Green Mountain's "golden age" is gone.

FMHR's Final Trade

The FMHR traders share their final trades.

Navistar Plunges Nearly 16%

Navistar plunges nearly 16 percent after announcing a development strategy, with the FMHR traders and CNBC's Herb Greenberg. Meanwhile Brad Hintz, Sanford Bernstein analyst, weighs in on "mediocre" financial earnings.

Dow Has Biggest Drop Since June 21

Stocks are sliding today on a disappointing jobs number, with the Fast Money traders. Meanwhile German financial regulators are investigating Deutsche Bank in the Libor probe, with Chirantan Barua, senior analyst at Bernstein Research.

Does an iPad Mini Equal Big Opportunity?

Reports suggest Apple is moving closer to launching a smaller and cheaper tablet. Brian White, Topeka Capital Markets senior analyst, provides perspective on how this could impact its business.

Consumer Losing Steam?

Discussing China and the ECB's decision to cut bank interest rates, the dip in gold and unemployment, with Dan Greenhaus of BTIG; and Liz Dunn, Macquarie Research analyst shares her outlook on the retail sector since this morning's disappointing June same-store sales numbers.

Bove on Living Wills Report

Breaking down the bankruptcy processes and other details from the banks' "living wills," which were released by the FDIC and the Fed. With Peter Boockvar, Miller Tabak; Dick Bove, Rochdale Securities; and Larry McDonald, Wall Street insider.

Will Travel Stocks Keep on Flying?

Discussing whether internet travel stocks have more room to run, with Herman Leung, Susquehanna Financial Group.

Homebuilders Hit New 52-Week High

Nishu Sood, Deutsche Bank homebuilder analyst, weighs in on whether he thinks the latest positive homebuilder data means a housing recovery is on its way.