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.

Innovation & Transformation / 05.24.17

3-D printed cars

Great American Companies / 05.22.17

Shipt delivers

Shipt, a grocery delivery startup, is expanding its partnership with Costco and plans to double its overall market size this year, according to CNBC.

Great American Companies / 05.18.17

WeWork wants to grow

WeWork Cos., the startup that caters to entrepreneurs and small companies looking for communal office space and short-term commitments, is launching a new business that will put it into direct competition with the established giants in the commercial real-estate services industry, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Raw Materials & Resources / 05.16.17

Grease is the new gold

Increase in theft of used vegetable oil has increased due to demand for biofuel production, the largest use for old grease.

Global Rebalancing / 05.04.17

French Election 2017

The results of the French election, held May 7, may lead to major economic changes for France and the European Union. Our infographic illustrates the issues, the candidates and what's at stake.

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 / 05.01.17

Mexico’s technologically advanced shipping terminal

Latin America’s most technologically advanced shipping terminal opened in April at Lázaro Cárdenas with a ceremony attended by heads of state and shipping industry royalty, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Great American Companies / 04.22.17

Data centers and the cloud

This month Amazon.com announced plans to plunk down a massive collection of data centers in Stockholm, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Global Rebalancing / 04.22.17

From London to China

The first freight train to run from Britain to China departed this month, reports Reuters, carrying goods like vitamins, baby products and pharmaceuticals as Britain seeks to burnish its global trading credentials for when it leaves the European Union.

Innovation & Transformation / 04.12.17

Smarter artificial intelligence?

Hedge funds have been trying to teach computers to think like traders for years. Now, an artificial intelligence technology called “deep learning” that loosely mimics the neurons in human brains is showing promise, according to Bloomberg.

Great American Companies / 04.10.17

Dow, DuPont in mega merger

Dow Chemical and DuPont won the blessing of the European Union for their $130 billion merger last month by agreeing to sell substantial assets, including key research and development activities, reports Reuters.

Raw Materials & Resources / 04.06.17

Brazilian beef bummer

Brazil’s investigation into tainted food has hit importers, shippers, food processors and customers around the world, reports Bloomberg.

Innovation & Transformation / 04.04.17

Energy goes Gaga

According to The Australian newspaper, an ASX-listed Internet of Things firm backed by Lady Gaga has launched a new device for monitoring utility consumption: the Buddy Ohm.

Global Rebalancing / 03.29.17

Japan goes from London to Amsterdam

As Frankfurt, Paris and Dublin vie for financial jobs that may move from London after Brexit, Bloomberg reports that two of Japan’s biggest banks have been quietly building their presence elsewhere: Amsterdam.

Raw Materials & Resources / 03.27.17

Australian power problems

Australia threatened to impose restrictions on natural-gas exports as it extracted a commitment from global energy companies to supply enough gas to meet growing local demand and prevent a domestic shortage, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Innovation & Transformation / 03.22.17

Robotic hydroponics

Bloomberg reports that the Flux IoT Eddy, a robot measuring less than a foot tall, built with military-grade sensors and armed with image-processing technology, may be the new frontier for farming.

Raw Materials & Resources / 03.20.17

Measuring GDP

Great American Companies / 03.20.17

Boeing increases Max model production

Boeing Co. is ready for the next production increases in 737 jetliners as it prepares to deliver the first of the revamped Max models in the summer, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Global Rebalancing / 03.15.17

Tennessee and South Korea

South Korean conglomerate LG Electronics Inc. is planning to build a new washing machine factory in Tennessee, its first major U.S. plant, and hire at least 600 workers by the end of 2019, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Raw Materials & Resources / 03.13.17

Gold (production) loses its gleam

The world’s gold miners will be running on the spot for years to come as a surge in gold prices prompts them to secure new production from less profitable projects, according to Bloomberg.

Innovation & Transformation / 03.08.17

Eagle eyes

As anyone who has bought a smartphone in the last few years can tell you, cameras are getting smaller and smaller. Now, according PBS Newshour, miniature lenses that mimic the eyes of predatory birds could shrink a camera’s size to less than 1/100th of an inch — and could revolutionize a host of compact technologies.

Global Rebalancing / 03.06.17

Refugees – training for talent

In the break room at the Dakota Provisions LLC turkey plant in Huron, S.D., employees are just as likely to hear safety instructions in Thai or Burmese as in English, reports the Wall Street Journal. Well over half of the 1,050 employees are Karen, ethnic minorities from Myanmar who have fled their native country.

Great American Companies / 03.01.17

Electric cars bolt forward

The Chevrolet Bolt EV, which is now hitting the market, could be the first of a new wave of game-changing electric vehicles, according to NPR.

Global Rebalancing / 02.27.17

U.S. ports see import gain

Imports surged at the nation’s ports in January, buoyed by a postelection swell in consumer confidence, retailer restocking after the holidays and a strong dollar that made imported goods cheaper, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Global Rebalancing / 02.21.17

Ultra low-cost airlines no longer interested in crossing the pond

For at least a decade, Ryanair Holdings Plc CEO Michael O’Leary dreamed about coming to America, bringing the Irish carrier’s insanely low fares to the other side of the pond, reports Bloomberg. A leader among ultra low-cost airlines, Ryanair had global ambitions.

Raw Materials & Resources / 02.15.17

China forecasts corn imports at decade low

According to Reuters, China’s recent forecast of a drop in corn imports to their lowest in at least a decade may end a years-long bonanza for global merchants and producers as maize prices in the world’s biggest grains market have dropped below global prices.

Innovation & Transformation / 02.13.17

Printable skin?

Many things are made by 3-D printing these days – perhaps soon including body tissue. Bioprinting, as it’s called, is still largely experimental but has enormous potential to save lives and may revolutionize medicine.

Innovation & Transformation / 02.08.17

A smart land drone

Italy’s Piaggio Group, the creator of Vespa scooter, has continued to design scooters, motorcycles and lightweight commercial vehicles, selling them worldwide. But some seven decades after the Vespa’s debut, Michele Colaninno, CEO of Immsi S.p.A., the holding company that controls the Piaggio Group, is plotting the company’s next big move, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Innovation & Transformation / 02.06.17

Atomic printing

Computer technology has affected nearly every facet of the economy. Now it may even be ready to take manufacturing – particularly on the nano-level. Researchers at MIT have discovered a way to use graphene – an atomic-scale hexagonal carbon material – to print 3-D objects.

Great American Companies / 02.03.17

Big game, big party

Time to relax with friends, enjoy some comfort food and cast your vote for the most hilarious commercials. Our infographic shows who’s watching, who’s spending and how much it all costs.

Raw Materials & Resources / 02.01.17

Down Under delay

Australia's plans for a huge increase in its production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) are being dealt a big blow by a series of production delays, as energy companies struggle with technical problems and cost overruns, according to Reuters.

Global Rebalancing / 01.30.17

Indian aviation booming

After a long rough patch, Indian aviation is finally taking off, but that burst of growth is now taking a toll on the industry's infrastructure, according to Reuters.

Innovation & Transformation / 01.25.17

Smart roads a go

According to the Wall Street Journal, transit planners believe it's only a matter of time and money until self-driving cars travel on "smart-roads" that communicate directly with vehicles to help them move as quickly and safely as possible.

Great American Companies / 01.23.17

Blockchain comes to the back-office

According the Bloomberg, Depository Trust & Clearing Corp., Wall Street’s largest back-office processing service, is partnering with IBM to upgrade how payments and record-keeping for credit-default swaps are handled by putting the system on a blockchain by early next year.

Global Rebalancing / 01.19.17

Antacids to relieve climate change

As long-term global average temperatures steadily rise, and international efforts to address them fall short, some scientists and engineers are working on increasingly desperate solutions to the symptoms of global climate change, according to Bloomberg.

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.

Global Rebalancing / 01.05.17

California dreamin’

Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. and Mediterranean Shipping Co. are the leading contenders to buy the biggest container terminal in Long Beach, Calif., according to the Wall Street Journal, in a joint bid that may bolster the Korean operator’s effort to join a major shipping alliance.

Raw Materials & Resources / 01.04.17

Cool it!

Large web companies and data center operators are increasingly deploying water-cooled systems to cool computing and data storage systems, according to Datacenter Dynamics.

Innovation & Transformation / 12.28.16

The really fast lane

According to Bloomberg, Amazon has unveiled technology that will let shoppers grab groceries without having to scan and pay for them -- eliminating the checkout line.

Global Rebalancing / 12.22.16

ECB surprise

According to CNBC, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced a continuation of the bank's generous asset-buying program on December 12, although a reduced pace of purchases is set to start from April next year.

Global Rebalancing / 12.19.16

New sanctions for North Korea

Reuters reports the U.N. Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Wednesday aimed at cutting its annual export revenue by a quarter, after Pyongyang carried out its fifth and largest nuclear test so far in September.

Innovation & Transformation / 12.14.16

Nike self-tying shoes

Nike began selling a pricey sneaker with self-tying laces this month, a high-stakes test of the company’s technology investments and efforts to sell more products directly to consumers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Great American Companies / 12.09.16

U.S. New Year's Spending

Few of us follow through on our New Year's resolutions, but if we did, they have the potential to really add up.

Great American Companies / 12.06.16

Netflix enables offline binging

Netflix Inc. has added an option that allows subscribers to download shows at no additional cost on their mobile device to watch without an internet connection, according to Reuters.

Raw Materials & Resources / 12.01.16

China closes plants to fight pollution

According to Reuters, China's top steelmaking city has ordered many of its industrial factories to curb production or even close for as long as four months through March in a bid to clear the skies of smog.

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.