Japan tsunami

Who's Minding the Twitter? Big Companies' Most Painful Mis-Tweets

Businesses love how Twitter lets them connect in a personal way with customers. But because of tweeting's casual and irreverent style, some companies get lulled into a false sense of intimacy -- right up until a poorly thought out tweet gets them into serious hot water.

Toyota Accelerates Toward a Market Share Recovery

Toyota will announce Friday that by September, it expects to have all of its North American plants back to their normal production levels. Then, it can begin attempting to recoup the U.S. market share it lost due to shortages related to the Japan earthquake and tsunami, as well as a slew of recalls.

Car Prices Jump As Japanese Shortages Grow

Car prices have risen quickly and quietly in the last few weeks. According to auto industry research firm Edmunds, the average amount buyers are paying for cars or light trucks is up $350 since Japan's earthquake and tsunami in March -- and the price of Japanese vehicles is up even more.

Why $4 a Gallon Gas Wouldn't Last Long

Not long ago, everyone knew gas was sure to reach $4 a gallon for regular on a nationwide basis soon. Now, though, that sure thing is looking iffy: Gas prices are wavering, and a number of factors at home and abroad are about to come together to push demand -- and prices -- lower.

Disaster Plans: Prepared for a Worst-Case Scenario?

The deadly tornadoes and flooding that struck the South and Midwest in April, the devastating earthquake in Japan, and concerns about terrorist reprisals after Osama Bin Laden's death should serve as reminders to property owners: You may hope it never comes, but you need to plan for the worst-case scenario.

Is GM's Rebound the Real Deal?

Detroit's revival is nearly complete: Chrysler recently made its first profit in five years, Ford has posted its best results since 1998, and GM is poised to retake the crown as the world's biggest automaker. But to hold onto that position, GM will have to adjust to a rapidly shifting auto market.

Will Apple Earnings Feel Aftershock of Japan's Quake?

Apple is gearing up to report its quarterly results after the markets close Wednesday, and both investors and consumers are wondering if it'll take a hit from Japan's massive earthquake and tsunami, which have already rocked the earnings results of some other tech titans.

The Dangers of Buying on Disasters

Days after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami, Warren Buffett and Marc Faber pronounced the country's woes a buying opportunity. A cash stampede into U.S.-based Japan exchange-traded funds followed, but these investments carry much greater risks than the average investor probably realized.

What Companies Will Quench Japan's Thirst for Safe Water?

The Japanese are stockpiling bottled water and other drinks after being warned that unsafe levels of radioactive iodine had been found in Tokyo's tap water. That moved investors to jump on the stocks of beverage makers, but only a few companies are in a position to meet Japan's rising demand.

The Bulls Are Optimistic Despite Global Turmoil

Despite turmoil around the world, U.S. markets have been rising again, but is this a temporary bump, or the return of a bull market? The sharp-eyed analysts of Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs say its the latter, and their money is on strong growth ahead.

Japan Disaster Disrupts Global Seafood Industry

Japan, both a major buyer and processor of fish, is an important link in the global seafood distribution chain. So the effects of the disaster -- including the ruined ports, roads, fisheries and processing centers -- have taken their toll on the seafood industry worldwide.

G-7 to Help Weaken Surging Japanese Yen

The Group of Seven countries on Thursday agreed to intervene to reduce the value of the Japanese yen, which has surged to record levels after last week's earthquake and tsunami.

Are Investors Ignoring All the Good News?

With all the tragedy dominating the news these days, it's easy to be pessimistic. But the cold, hard facts about the economy actually paint a more optimistic picture.

Japan's Nuke Crisis Revives Call for Safer Reactors

As people in Japan's earthquake-tsunami disaster zone deal with the additional danger of radiation from damaged nuclear reactors, nations across the globe are taking the crisis as a sign that it's time to get more aggressive in their development of safer nuclear power plants.

Yes, Stocks Are Extremely Volatile. But Don't Panic!

Investors are running scared after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of Japan and left it with an ongoing nuclear crisis. Pain for Japan could easily infect the global economy. But when there's gloom in the air, there's also opportunity to buy on the dip and gain from the rebound.

As Nuclear Fears Mount, Some Zero In on Bio-Defense Sector

As Japan's nuclear crisis deepens, Wall Street may begin to focus on a small group of almost-ignored young biotechs. Known as the bio-defense group, these companies develop products that help protect the population from radiation leaks resulting from nuclear accidents or attacks.

Luxury Biz on Edge After Japan's Earthquake

The Japanese are the world's most voracious consumers of luxury goods, from Louis Vuitton handbags to Cartier jewelry to Hermes high fashion. So purveyors of those luxury goods are justifiably worried about the effect of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami on their bottom lines.

Asian Markets Plunge on 8.8 Earthquake in Japan

Japan suffered a massive 8.8 earthquake Friday, the strongest to occur in the past century, sending Asian stock markets tumbling. In Japan the Nikkei 225 Index spiraled down 1.7% and in Hong Kong the Hang Seng Index dropped 1.6%. China's Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.8%.