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.

Global Rebalancing / 04.18.18

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

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.

Raw Materials & Resources / 01.31.18

Oversupply of antibiotic-free chicken?

Sanderson Farms, a major U.S. poultry producer, said the supply of antibiotic-free (ABF) chicken is significantly greater than demand, an indication that overproduction could eat into processors’ profits, reports Reuters.

Global Rebalancing / 01.25.18

High-speed rail causing turbulence for airlines

Across Asia and Europe, high-speed rail is providing a competitive alternative to air travel on comparative routes, in terms of price and door-to-door speed, reports Bloomberg.

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 / 12.27.17

Omnidirectional elevators coming soon

German company Thyssenkrupp has developed a ropeless elevator system called MULTI, reports CNBC, that enables each cabin to move horizontally as well as vertically.

Global Rebalancing / 12.20.17

India hopes joint venture will cut imports of high-grade auto steel

Reuters reports that, according to sources, state-owned Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) is set to approve a long-proposed $1 billion joint venture with ArcelorMittal at its board meeting in December.

Global Rebalancing / 12.14.17

Where’s the milk to go?

One in every eight Irish jobs is in agriculture and food processing, or agrifood, reports CNBC. In the U.K. province of Northern Ireland, where 1.8 million people live, the agrifood industry accounts for about 70,000 local jobs.

Innovation & Transformation / 12.06.17

Going hybrid in the air

British luxury travel pioneer Henry Cookson Adventures (HCA) plan to take the hybrid Airlander 10 – the largest aircraft on the planet – on its maiden international flight in 2018, reports Business Insider. This will be the precursor to the low carbon aircraft’s adoption for use in the luxury travel and adventure market.

Global Rebalancing / 11.30.17

Forging two rail giants into one

With historic factories located deep in the European heartland and billions of dollars’ worth of contracts with local train operators, Siemens AG and Alstom SA are big players in the European Union’s rail-equipment market, according to Bloomberg. Yet, the companies are expected to win antitrust approval for their planned merger – with some strings attached.

Innovation & Transformation / 11.14.17

An app for that

WeSki, launched this month by four ski buddies, allows groups to organize all-inclusive ski vacations that are customized to their needs and, the founders say, cheaper than packages offered by agents.

Raw Materials & Resources / 11.08.17

Too much of a good thing

Farmers have spent the past few years cutting their spending to cope with a global glut of crops. Now it’s commodity traders’ turn, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Raw Materials & Resources / 11.01.17

Australia digs lithium

Bloomberg reports that ground zero in the global scramble for lithium is a small patch of northern Australia’s iron-ore rich outback. There, work is accelerating to deliver the world’s next major lithium mines in order to feed soaring demand from electric vehicle battery makers.

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.