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  • Groundbreaking Tech Begets a Clean-Up Industry Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:42 AM ET
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    The U.S. natural gas boom has kicked off a gold rush among companies trying to cash in on minimizing the industry’s environmental footprint.

  • Can the Natural Gas Sector Save the US Economy? Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:41 AM ET
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    Natural gas's real potential for economic impact lies in the vast reservoirs of shale gas that are newly accessible through hydraulic fracturing.

  • Fracking Brings Riches and Reservations Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:41 AM ET
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    Amid cries for energy independence, fracking has become crucial to taking advantage of previously untapped resources. Take a closer look at hydraulic fracturing, and why the technology has become so important and controversial.

  • Natural Gas: A Raging Bull in its Battle with Coal Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:39 AM ET
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    Environmental issues aside,  the economics of natural gas may have already dethroned coal as the nation's key source of electrical power.

  • Fracking Would Revive Texas' Energy-Patch Glory Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:37 AM ET
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    Natural gas has often taken a backseat to crude oil in the Texas energy business, but the advent of fracking shale gas has given it star billing in the Lone Star State — and the nation.

  • Big Players Poised for Big Payoff Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:36 AM ET
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    The natural gas industry may be hurting from rock-bottom prices now but if allowed to fully exploit the shale-gas boom, there may be few losers and many winners in the years to come.

  • The Fracking of America Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:34 AM ET
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    It's almost impossible to overestimate the importance of fracking to the natural gas industry and the nation. It's also difficult to understate the controversy surrounding the environmental issues.  Our special report, "Who's Winning the Natural Gas Game?," addresses both

  • Should Government Get Involved in the Boom? Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:34 AM ET
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    Other countries have invested billions in alternative fuels, from Brazil's government-sponsored soybean-ethanol push to France's headlong expansion of nuclear power after the oil shocks of the 1970s. Should the U.S. do the same? 

  • The Greenest Power Thursday, 1 Mar 2012 | 12:45 PM ET
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    In coming years, energy from waste-heat recovery systems could be the greenest power available, while letting more U.S. businesses squeeze extra energy out of their power bills.

  • Blueprint for China to Open Up Markets Thursday, 23 Feb 2012 | 6:19 PM ET
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    China should accelerate the loosening of capital controls, its central bank said, in a report outlining the path to a freely tradable currency and more open capital markets. The Financial Times reports.

  • Euro bills at teller window

    The European Banking Authority is to challenge a significant proportion of the capital restructuring plans put forward by the continent’s leading banks to meet tough new capital requirements, say three people familiar with the process. The FT reports.

  • Capital Is Key Issue for Euro Banks: JP Morgan Exec Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 | 11:51 AM ET

    The “key issue” facing Europe’s banks is raising capital, not improving liquidity, JP Morgan Chase International’s chairman Jacob Frenkel told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Ready for Launch: Five, Four, Three, Two, One... Thursday, 17 Nov 2011 | 10:11 AM ET
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    More than 90 percent of job creation at venture-backed companies occurs after an IPO. Guest Columnist Terry McGuire looks at ways to get more companies to market.

  • Incubators Help Power Revival of the Startup Monday, 14 Nov 2011 | 9:26 AM ET
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    Years after the dotcom bust, capital is again flowing to needy entrepreneurs, but the funding structure is very different.

  • Retailers Use Social Media To Fine-Tune Operations Friday, 28 Oct 2011 | 10:23 AM ET
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    The ability to monitor consumer tastes gives retailers access to a trove of information that may help them plan product lines and inventory.

  • New Materials Mean Shifting Production Overseas Tuesday, 18 Oct 2011 | 12:19 PM ET
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    For American bicycle makers, the move to carbon fiber materials was a case of re-inventing the frame —not the wheel.

  • Make IT Part of Your Business Strategy Monday, 10 Oct 2011 | 2:22 PM ET
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    Information technology is, of course, an integral part of running a business. Too often, however, it’s not an integral part of a company’s strategic goals.

  • Operational efficiency has become a key to a company's success, especially in an age of thin margins, whether it 's cutting costs, streamlining output or responding to an economic shock.

  • Hedging Helps Smooth Cost Structure Friday, 30 Sep 2011 | 2:52 PM ET
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    While derivatives themselves carry risks and financial scandals have tarnished their image, many companies still use futures contracts, swaps, collars, and other hedging instruments to minimize volatility in their cost of doing business.

  • Bernanke Tells US to Learn From Emerging Economies Wednesday, 28 Sep 2011 | 9:50 PM ET
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    The US can learn how to boost long-run growth from successful emerging economies, US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said in a speech on Wednesday that will delight developing countries more used to admonishment than admiration from Washington. The FT reports.