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  • Cotton Prices Highest Since US Civil War Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 | 11:06 AM ET

    Cotton prices are rising dramatically. Analysts say several factors are involved in this historic move, and the macro picture for cotton is more complex than a simple weak dollar, strong commodity play.

  • Farrell: Dollars to Doubloons—Currency Wars Friday, 22 Oct 2010 | 10:01 AM ET

    Right now the US should export more and rely less on internal consumer spending. China should export less and encourage consumer spending.

  • Nouriel Roubini

    The European Central Bank should worry less about the “phantom risk” of inflation and instead focus on the rising threat of deflation which could result from a currency war, economist Nouriel Roubini said in an article for Roubini Global Economics clients.

  • China, which has been blocking shipments of crucial minerals to Japan for the last month, has now quietly halted shipments of some of those same materials to the United States and Europe, three industry officials said on Tuesday. The NYT reports.

  • German Firms Warn of ‘Aggressive’ Chinese Rivals Friday, 15 Oct 2010 | 5:33 AM ET

    German companies have complained about state-owned Chinese rivals landing an increasing number of contracts in eastern Europe and central Asia by means of “price-dumping, aggressive financing and generous risk-guarantees” from Beijing.

  • Rising tensions amid an escalating global currency war has sparked talk of capital controls, but such a move would be dire for markets, warned Mark Mobius, executive chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets Group on CNBC Friday.

  • Currency Signs

    Growth in advanced economies has hit a road bump and using quantitative easing (QE) measures will not help them to speed up growth, said Olivier Blanchard, chief economist of the International Monetary Fund.

  • US Ban on Chinese Poultry Illegal: WTO Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010 | 11:49 AM ET

    The World Trade Organization has ruled that a U.S. ban on Chinese poultry is illegal, giving Beijing a win in the first international commerce ruling against the administration of President Barack Obama.

  • The elections will leave the Republican Party in disarray on key economic issues. Congressional Democrats won’t be able to identify potential compromises until they know what Republicans want. This will create an opening for President Obama to frame his vision for international economic policy.

  • China Imposes Steep Tariffs on US Poultry Monday, 27 Sep 2010 | 3:48 AM ET
    Chickens in chicken coop.

    The poultry tariffs are another example of China’s willingness to use its economic leverage when it feels it is being challenged. The NYT reports.

  • Obama Administration Is 'Anti-Business': Jack Welch Thursday, 23 Sep 2010 | 9:39 AM ET
    Jack Welch

    High unemployment may last for a long time because of the sluggish economy, bad politics and advances in technology, Jack Welch, author of "Straight from the Gut," told CNBC Thursday.

  • The "Detroit of the East" Recovering Strongly Thursday, 23 Sep 2010 | 3:45 AM ET

    Thailand's automobile industry is making a strong comeback following the global financial crisis, supported by robust recovery in demand.

  • US Losing Edge in Business Dynamism: Realty Developer Tuesday, 14 Sep 2010 | 12:50 PM ET

    Of the 15 most important world economies, the United States ranks in the middle in terms of economic and business dynamism, said Hamid Moghadam, chairman and CEO of AMB Property, an international industrial realty developer which focuses on distribution.

  • Putting A Speed Limit on High-Frequency Trading Friday, 10 Sep 2010 | 12:10 PM ET

    In an effort to help prevent another stock market fall-out like the "flash crash", regulators are seeking to reign in high-frequency trading by exploring ways to slow down the rapid trading process.

  • Asian Economies Hot Again — And So Are Stock Markets Tuesday, 17 Aug 2010 | 5:08 PM ET

    South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and others in Southeast and East Asia are benefiting from an export-driven regional boom and the lessons of a financial crisis a decade ago.

  • Barclays to Pay $298 Million in Foreign Bank Case Monday, 16 Aug 2010 | 5:09 PM ET
    A woman leaves a branch of Barclays Bank in central London, Monday, April 23, 2007. ABN Amro NV and Barclays PLC announced Monday they have agreed to merge, in the largest cross-border combination in European banking history. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

    Barclays has agreed to pay $298 million over criminal allegations that it illegally engaged in financial transactions with banks in Cuba, Iran, Libya, Sudan and Burma, the Justice Department disclosed in court papers filed Monday.

  • Major US Ports Predict Holiday Shopping Boom Thursday, 5 Aug 2010 | 1:05 PM ET

    If shipments into one major U.S. port are any indication, we’re in for a stellar holiday shopping season.

  • Hurdles Deter Obama's Pledge to Double Exports Monday, 2 Aug 2010 | 7:45 AM ET

    Politics and the dollar are the biggest problems, but various industries identified dozens of smaller hurdles that they claim hinder trade. The NYT reports.

  • Switzerland: The Little Economy That Could Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | 1:43 PM ET
    Zurich, Switzerland

    The Swiss economy has not only recovered from the global recession of 2009 but so far also coped well with the recent spike in an already strong currency.

  • Obama to Press for Trade Deal With South Korea Saturday, 26 Jun 2010 | 8:00 PM ET

    President Barack Obama said Saturday his administration will launch talks with South Korea aimed at resolving remaining issues blocking the completion of a South Korea free trade agreement.