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  • Panama Adding a Wider Shortcut for Shipping Wednesday, 17 Aug 2011 | 10:10 AM ET
    Maintenance work is performed on the bottom of floodgate in Gatun locks of the Panama Canal, Panama.

    The excavation of the Panama Canal is an initial step in the building of a larger set of locks that should double the amount of goods that can pass through it each year. The New York Times reports.

  • Goldman: Netflix a 'Buy' on Latin America Expansion Monday, 11 Jul 2011 | 2:02 PM ET
    Netflix

    Latin America likes U.S. entertainment, and that means Goldman Sachs continues to like Netflix because it is expanding into that region and the Caribbean.

  • Growing Middle Class Fuels Brazil's Economy Thursday, 28 Apr 2011 | 11:39 AM ET
    Mall in Sao Paolo, Brazil

    There are 210 million registered cell phones in Brazil, 10 million more than the estimated population of the entire country, more proof to this traveler that Brazil is a country bursting at the seams.

  • US President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

    "In the past, Brazil's reach has always exceeded its grasp," says one former U.S. official. "It always saw itself as a leader, but has been frustrated that the world saw it another way. The Brazilian economy is developing to the point where it does have the global heft that people have to take it seriously."

  • Would You Invest in Brazil? Monday, 25 Apr 2011 | 9:43 AM ET

    Are you planning to invest in Brazil? Do the potential rewards outweigh the risks? Tell us what you think.

  • Retiring Outside the U.S. No Longer a Foreign Concept Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 3:36 PM ET

    Retiring in another country used to be a foreign concept to most Americans but it’s becoming more common thanks to two main factors: the Internet and the economy.  "All you have to do is think outside the border," one expat said.

  • A Continental Shift In Latin America Monday, 24 Jan 2011 | 11:36 AM ET
    Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    After decades of boom to bust behavior, economies  from Mexico to Brazil are looking dynamic, diverse and  durable, helped by a wealth of natural resources and a good measure of fiscal discipline.

  • New Exotic Investment: Latin Baseball Futures Thursday, 18 Nov 2010 | 9:36 AM ET

    the New York Times reports.

  • US Is $500 Million Supermarket to Cuba Friday, 28 May 2010 | 2:31 PM ET
    Cows in a meadow

    U.S. businesses sold $528 million in food products to Cuba last year, from small dairy farmers to multi- billion dollar agribusiness corporations. And they seem to have one thing in common:  mixing a little social messaging in with their sales.

  • American Businesses Hoping to Cash In On Cuba Wednesday, 26 May 2010 | 1:03 PM ET
    The Cuban flag flying in Park Central in Havana.

    American industries of all kinds—from travel and telecom to construction and energy—would be poised to profit if the 52-year trade embargo with Cuba were lifted. Among the first businesses to cash in would be those involved with tourism, most experts agree.

  • Who's Doing Business with Cuba, Despite Embargo Tuesday, 25 May 2010 | 9:35 AM ET
    Women carrying Cuban flag through Havana streets.

    Despite an economic embargo against Cuba that has existed for a half century, Americans and citizens of US allies routinely conduct business with the country, including trade and tourism.

  • Emerging Market Rising: Colombia Monday, 17 May 2010 | 12:24 PM ET

    Mention Colombia to the average American and negative references come forth—drug trade, instability and guerrilla warfare. But Colombia,  like some other emerging-market countries, has sidestepped the current economic downturn that has plagued developed nations, and is moving up.

  • Latest Numbers: Companies Contribute to Haiti Relief Tuesday, 19 Jan 2010 | 7:46 AM ET
    Housing is left in ruins in Morne Saint Lazare Delmas in Port-au-Prince,

    Major companies continued to pour support into the Haiti relief effort following last Tuesday's devastating earthquake, and the US Chamber of Commerce said corporate aid pledges had already exceeded $16 million by 11 am Eastern.

  • Latin America — A Two-Speed Region Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 6:27 AM ET
    Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    South America, which boasts a range of basic resources and agriculture, is showing signs of rebounding from the global recession. But political uncertainty continues to plague the continent.

  • Cuba Struggles, Turns Out the Lights to Save Economy Friday, 31 Jul 2009 | 4:12 PM ET

    It's hard to find a spare tire in Cuba these days, or a cup of yogurt. Air conditioners are shut off in the dead heat. Factories close at peak hours, and workers go without their government-subsidized lunches.

  • Cramer Says No to NII Monday, 22 Jun 2009 | 6:38 PM ET

    He thinks there’s a better way to play Latin America’s mobile market.

  • Swine Flu Sends Cruise Ship Home Early Friday, 19 Jun 2009 | 10:22 AM ET
    After an incident aboard the Crown Princess, the cruise ship returns to the port at Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Tuesday, July 18, 2006. The Crown Princess suddenly rolled heavily to its left Tuesday, throwing passengers and crew to the deck and leaving two people critically injured, including a child, officials said.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Aruban health authorities checked passengers and crew from the cruise ship Ocean Dream on Friday for signs of the swine flu that cut short their Caribbean trip, and some could find themselves spending still more time on board.

  • Latin American Stocks Edge Higher as Oil Prices Rise Wednesday, 10 Jun 2009 | 5:48 PM ET
    South America with Markets
  • Latin American Stocks Mixed on Brazil Recession Tuesday, 9 Jun 2009 | 5:51 PM ET
    South America with Markets

    Latin American stocks were mixed Tuesday as Brazil officially slipped into recession and Mexico reported a slight drop in May inflation, boosting chances of an interest rate cut.

  • Dollar Could Slump on AAA Rating Fears: Analyst Wednesday, 13 May 2009 | 5:59 AM ET

    As talk of the United States' ability to keep its AAA rating resurfaced Wednesday, one analyst told CNBC that the impact could be prove a major drag on the strength of the dollar.