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Business Venezuela

  • Venezuelan Opposition Extremely Relevant: Expert

    Kathryn Rooney Vera, director of macroeconomic research at Bulltick Capital Markets, tells CNBC that the opposition's good result in the Venezuelan election opens the door for real economic changes in the country.

  • Nicolas Maduro squeezed out a small-margin victory in Venezuela's presidential elections Sunday, securing the ruling socialist party's control over the oil-rich nation through 2019.

  • Business as Usual in Venezuela: Expert

    James Lockhart-Smith, head of Latin America at Maplecroft, tells CNBC that the Venezuelan economy will continue to struggle after the elections.

  • Why Venezuelan Elections Should Matter to Investors

    James Lockhart-Smith, senior Latin American analyst at Maplecroft, discusses Latin America inflation levels, the coming elections in Venezuela where he expects the government candidate to win and Argentina's failure to repay bondholders.

  • The Chavez Conspiracy?

    The Venezuelan government has announced it will conduct a formal inquiry into whether deceased president Hugo Chavez was "inoculated" with cancer. Risa Grais-Targow, Eurasia Group Latin America Analyst, provides perspective on how this might impact oil

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    At least two dozen heads of state were due to attend Hugo Chavez's funeral on Friday during an outpouring of grief for the charismatic but divisive Venezuelan leader who changed the face of politics in South America.

  • What Does Venezuela's Maduro Mean for Business?

    Walter Molano, Managing Partner & Head of Research at BCP Securities, and Tony Nash at IHS discuss whether Venezuela's Vice President can successfully turn around the economy.

  • Wait and See in Venezuela: Expert

    Heliodoro Quintero, CEO of HQ Consultores, tells CNBC why it's impossible to know which path Venezuelan energy policy will follow until after elections have been held.

  • Venezuela Mourns Hugo Chavez

    Venezuela is in mourning for its late president Hugo Chavez. With Chavez's passing, there is a lot of uncertainty about the future of Venezuela's massive oil supply, reports CNBC's Bertha Coombs. Risa Grais-Targow, Eurasia Group, weighs in.

  • Will Moody's Downgrade Venezuela Again?

    Aaron Freedman, Moody's, explains why the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will not have an immediate impact on the country's sovereign rating.

  • Maduro Means More of the Same: Expert

    Diego Moya Ocampos, Latin America analyst at IHS, tells CNBC that a Nicolas Maduro presidency in Venezuela would see little deviation from the policies of Hugo Chavez.

  • Hugo Chavez Dead at Age 58

    The Venezuelan president died after losing a long battle with cancer, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, with details on what his death means for oil supplies.

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Dead

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports the 58-year old leader died on Tuesday after a two-year battle with cancer.

  • Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's death has unleashed a flood of emotional tributes that his allies hope will help ensure the survival of his self-styled socialist revolution when voters elect a successor.

  • Business Environment Remains Risky in Venezuela

    James Lockhart-Smith, head of Latin America at Maplecroft, says even if the opposition candidate were to win the elections in Venezuela, he would still be cautious unwinding previous nationalizations and legislation.

  • The prospect of snap elections in Venezuela - which may be triggered if President Hugo Chavez steps down due to his worsening health - may create volatility in global oil markets though any upward price impact is likely to only be short-term.

  • FILE - An Iranian oil technician makes his way to the oil separator facilities in Iran's Azadegan oil field southwest of Tehran.

    Iran's crude exports to its biggest customer, Asia, fell by a quarter in 2012 and shipments this year are expected to drop by at least 12 percent under U.S. sanctions pressure, but ample alternative supplies will keep refiners flush with oil.

  • Asia's financial capital Hong Kong retained its top spot as the world's most expensive city to rent a high-end apartment as robust demand on the island, a popular destination for employees looking to relocate overseas, and constrained supply, kept prices elevated.

  • Demonstrators take part in a protest against government's health cuts and privatisation plans in Madrid on December 16, 2012.

    Latin American markets have been a prime target for Spanish companies because of their language advantage, and giants such as Telefonica and Banco Santander have increased their exposure there to compensate for problems in their domestic market.

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez waves to supporters during a campaign rally for his reelection in Valencia, Carabobo state, Venezuela.

    Things are looking increasingly bleak for Hugo Chavez, which has oil companies, Western governments and all of Latin America asking the same question: What's next if he dies?