Articles By Moran Zhang

From Economy Aug 23, 2012

US Jobless Claims Rise To 372,000, Highest Level In 5 Weeks

The number of Americans lining up for new jobless benefits rose more than expected last week, the Labor Dept. said Thursday, suggesting little improvement in the labor market.

From Politics & Policy Aug 23, 2012

What Is The ‘Misery Index’ Saying About Obama's Re-Election Chances?

An unofficial gauge of human misery in the U.S. is now sitting at its lowest level in three years. Not four. In other words, while conditions have improved somewhat, Americans are still feeling miserable under President Barack Obama's watch and that obviously doesn't bode well for Obama's re-election chances.

From Economy Aug 22, 2012

Is The US Trash Indicator Predicting Another Recession?

Is the U.S. economy headed for a recession before it fully recovers from the last one? There's no better indicator to watch than trash.

From Politics & Policy Aug 21, 2012

How The Stock Market Will Respond To 2012 GOP, Democratic Conventions

While some may see the made-for-television national political conventions as a colossal waste of time and money, analysts have been busy crunching numbers to figure out which way these carefully choreographed productions will impact the stock market.

From Economy Aug 21, 2012

Caterpillar CEO Turns Less Bullish, Warns Of Economic Uncertainty

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) Chief Exectutive Officer Doug Oberhelman has long been an optimist, but these days he has been scaling back on his optimism.

From Economy Aug 18, 2012

Yuan’s Long March Upward Appears Finished

For more than a decade, there was a paradigm in financial markets that the yuan can only appreciate. Well, not any more.

From Companies Aug 17, 2012

Dell, HP, Best Buy, Lowe’s: Earnings Reports To Watch, Aug 20-24

Before the curtain falls on this earnings season, investors will hear next week from several more major players, including Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lowe's and Best Buy.

From Economy Aug 17, 2012

As Portugal’s Pain Deepens, Investors Reward Nation

Investors rewarded Portugal's efforts to trim its budget gap by sending the credit-default swaps on Portugal to a low of 725 basis points on Thursday, down from 1,515 in January and 1,237 in May, according to Bloomberg. The implied probability of Portugal defaulting on its debt fell to 46 percent from 73 percent.

From Economy Aug 16, 2012

US Initial Jobless Claims Edge Up To 366,000, Higher Than Expected

The number of Americans lining up for new jobless benefits rose slightly more than expected last week, the Labor Department said Thursday, suggesting little improvement in the labor market.

From Global Markets Aug 16, 2012

Gold Bull Run Set For 12th Consecutive Year; Paulson, Soros Step Up Gold Bet

Gold prices are set for a 12th consecutive year of gains despite posting the largest quarterly drop since 2008 in the second quarter, a view likely shared by the World Gold Council, and billionaire investors George Soros and John Paulson.