Market Intelligence

Market Intelligence gives you a quick look at news and trends around the world that reflect four broad themes influencing today’s global marketplace. We call these themes The Infinite Loop.

Raw Materials & Resources / 06.20.18

Pushing for oil production

Innovation & Transformation / 06.14.18

Farming in warehouses?

A start-up called Bowery Farming is putting an urban twist on agriculture, raising leafy greens and herbs in a high-tech warehouse a few miles outside of New York City, reports CNBC.

Raw Materials & Resources / 06.06.18

Wild for wild salmon

Prices for Norwegian salmon have surged as faltering supply combines with booming global demand, according to Bloomberg.

Global Rebalancing / 05.30.18

Aviation talent war

Chinese airlines are buying foreign flying schools and poaching pilots, which is amplifying a talent shortage that has affected airlines in other regions, reports the Financial Times.

Great American Companies / 05.16.18

UPS explores a new delivery service

United Parcel Services (UPS), the world’s largest package deliverer, is in talks with at least one U.S. trucking firm to launch an in-home delivery service for large, heavy goods like couches and treadmills, according to Reuters.

Raw Materials & Resources / 04.30.18

Technology fuels growing demand for cobalt

Cobalt is rapidly rising in price and could face possible shortages in the future, reports CNBC. Why? The once little-known element is a key ingredient in lithium-ion batteries, which are in high demand because of their use in a wide array of technological devices, including mobile phones and electrified vehicles.

Innovation & Transformation / 04.30.18

China’s “intelligent highway”

The road to China’s autonomous-driving future is paved with solar panels, mapping sensors and electric-battery rechargers, according to Bloomberg.

Raw Materials & Resources / 04.25.18

Plant soybeans or corn?

Planting season, a critical time for farmers, just became more nerve-wracking for U.S. growers of soybeans and corn, reports Bloomberg. In a move that caught many in U.S. agriculture by surprise, China, on April 4, announced planned tariffs on American shipments of the two crops.

Global Rebalancing / 04.18.18

Movie attendance slumps in U.S., Canada but strong overseas

An April 4 report from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) reports that worldwide box-office revenue grew 5% to $40.6 billion in 2017, even as movie-going slumped in the U.S. and Canada, according to Bloomberg.

Global Rebalancing / 03.29.18

Cleaner fuel – or fuel cleaner?

The Wall Street Journal reports the owners of 60,000 cargo ships are bracing for tighter emissions rules that are forcing them to make a multibillion-dollar choice: Start buying cleaner-burning fuel or invest in a device that treats the ship’s exhaust before letting it out.

Innovation & Transformation / 03.29.18

A 10-second cancer diagnosis

A team of scientists and engineers from the University of Texas at Austin may have figured out a fast and accurate way to diagnose tumors using a pen-sized device, according to CNBC.

Global Rebalancing / 03.19.18

The steaks are high

Australia’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart, is boosting her cattle herd in the world’s third-biggest beef exporter to serve up more premium steak to discerning customers in China, reports Bloomberg.

Great American Companies / 03.19.18

Coke’s latest brew

In a departure from its traditional soda business, Coke plans to launch an alcoholic drink in Japan this year, reports CNN Money.

Global Rebalancing / 02.28.18

Flying flowers

According to the Wall Street Journal, a logistical logjam with global airborne trade threatened to damage the most profitable – and romantic – time of the year for one of the world’s top rose exporters: Kenya.

Raw Materials & Resources / 02.22.18

Battery power for sale

U.S. regulators have leveled the playing field for batteries and other forms of energy storage, voting to eliminate market barriers for those technologies, reports Bloomberg.

Global Rebalancing / 02.21.18

Cost of hosting the Winter Games

Cities around the world compete to receive the honor of hosting the Olympic Games. However, data shows that every Olympics since 1960 has gone over budget.

Global Rebalancing / 02.13.18

U.S. sells oil in the Middle East

In a trade that illustrates how the rise of the American shale industry is upending global energy markets, the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) bought oil directly from the U.S. in December, reports Bloomberg.

Great American Companies / 02.08.18

Coca-Cola sets recycling goals

Long criticized by environmentalists for its use of billions of plastic bottles, Coca-Cola announced an aggressive sustainability goal to collect and recycle the equivalent of all the packaging it puts out into the world by 2030, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Innovation & Transformation / 01.09.18

A step toward safer opioids

Scientists are one step closer to creating opioids that relieve pain in a safer, more effective way, reports CNBC.

Innovation & Transformation / 05.03.17

Water ball-ttles

Small transparent spheres filled with natural or flavored water could help provide a solution to London's plastic waste problem, reports Reuters.

Global Rebalancing / 01.17.17

Japan dethrones China

According to Reuters, China will soon be dethroned by Japan as the top holder of U.S. government debt. Why? The Chinese central bank has been dipping into its foreign exchange reserves to support the yuan, while its Japanese counterpart has been content to allow the yen to weaken.

Great American Companies / 11.21.16

Your ‘stache means cash

Movember is the month to let facial hair grow, but is the razor industry feeling the burn? Get the hairy stats with our infographic.

Innovation & Transformation / 11.01.16

A new virtual payment platform

A blockchain platform developed by a group that includes more than 70 of the world's biggest financial institutions is making its code publicly available in what could become the industry standard for the nascent technology, according to Reuters.

Global Rebalancing / 10.18.16

An aging base

Japan's small firms, many of which are “mom-and-pop” operations, are dying out as their aging owners struggle to find successors, according to Reuters.

Global Rebalancing / 08.30.16

An Indian engineer shortage

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” program, designed to bring more high-grade manufacturing to the subcontinent, is facing a labor shortage, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Global Rebalancing / 09.15.15

Iron Ore Woes

Indian Railways has slashed the cost of transporting iron ore exports for the first time since March of 2012, according to The Economic Times.

Raw Materials & Resources / 08.13.15

Shale, Propane and Fleets

Sales of propane-powered vehicles are on the rise in the U.S., according to Bloomberg. The increase is especially noticeable among companies that operate fleet vehicles that would normally be powered by diesel.

Innovation & Transformation / 06.09.15

Pregnant? There’s An App For That.

Doctors and would-be parents receiving in vitro fertilization (IVF) will soon have access to a new app to monitor the growth of embryos in a lab, according the Wall Street Journal. Typically, once IVF begins, a five-day incubation process is required for fertilized eggs. The app – still nameless – would allow parents to monitor the progress of the zygote.