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Countries Spending the Most on the Military

The U.S. has a military budget four times larger than China even with a recent decline of more than $40 billion. Find out which countries spend the most on their military.

Freedom from Earsplitting Ads: The CALM Act Goes Into Effect

You may not have heard about the CALM Act before, but when you witness the results as the law goes into effect today, you'll probably want to applaud loudly. At last, TV commercials can no longer be broadcast at a higher volume than the programs they accompany.

Walmart's Bribery Probe Widens to China, Brazil and India

Walmart announced Thursday that an internal investigation into bribery accusations involving its subsidiary in Mexico has broadened to include operations in Brazil, China and India. The disclosure came in a SEC filing tied to third-quarter financial results, which were downbeat.

U.S. Trade Deficit Falls to Lowest Level Since December 2010

The U.S. trade deficit declined to the lowest level in almost two years as exports rose to a record high, a gain that is not expected to last given the global economic slowdown. U.S. exports climbed 3.1 percent to an all-time high of $187 billion.

Wall Street Watch Wednesday: Microsoft Sweetens the Pot for Investors

Microsoft wants to reward its patient shareholders: The world's largest software company announced Tuesday after the market close that it would be increasing its quarterly dividend by 15%. But as impressive as the dividends are, the market would gladly trade them for one thing.

U.S. Trade Deficit Fell 12.1% in Second Quarter as Exports Rose

The U.S. current account trade deficit narrowed in the April-June period, pushed lower by an increase in American exports and cheaper oil imports. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the deficit in the current account decreased 12.1 percent to $117.4 billion in the second quarter.

U.S. Trade Deficit Narrows to $50.1 Billion in April

The U.S. trade deficit shrunk in April, but only because a big drop in imports offset the first decline in U.S. exports in five months. Exports, which had hit a record the previous month, fell 0.8%, but imports, which also set a record in March, dropped an even faster 1.7%.

Why Gas Could Hit $5 a Gallon This Summer

If you think you're paying a lot at the gas pump now, just wait until summer hits. Stronger demand could lead to record gas prices as an economic recovery takes hold and turmoil in the Middle East sends the price of oil upward. How high? $5 a gallon isn't out of the realm of the possible.

Coke's New Juice Flavor: Fungicide?

Coca-Cola has never shied away from trying new variations of its classic beverage. The company also is known for adding flavorful twists like lime and lemon to its drinks. But last week, both Coke and archrival Pepsi revealed that a more disturbing addition had made its way into their drinks: fungicide.

A Rookie's Guide to Investing in Emerging Markets

The U.S. stock market's recent gyrations have many investors ready to look overseas for better returns. But it's a complicated world out there, which is why many less-experienced investors are still sitting on the global sidelines. Here's what you need to know make investing in emerging markets a little less scary.

How to Avoid Getting Skimmed By ATM Scammers

It looks like an ordinary cash machine, and you type in your PIN without a second thought. But there's a hidden device recording your ATM card's magnetic strip, and capturing your PIN. Big money is about to vanish from your bank account. Or maybe not: Here's how to prevent skimmers from getting their hands on your data.

New Travel Agent Partnership Gives Expedia an Edge

By the end of 2012, one-third of the world's travel sales will be booked online. But the majority of bookings still happen through the traditional brick-and-mortar travel agents, which is why Expedia's new Travel Agent Affiliate Program is a smart growth move for the OTA.

Nike's Direct Sales Poised to Grow in Emerging Markets

Nike is already the global leader in the athletic footwear, apparel and equipment business, and globally is where its future growth lies. Its online sales have surged, and with increasing Internet penetration in emerging markets, Trefis sees more impressive online sales growth ahead.

Three Stocks Set to Soar on Emerging Market Growth

Sky-high oil prices may slow U.S. economic growth in the quarters ahead, so prudent investors may want to put some money into companies with strong international operations that can take advantage of growth elsewhere. Here are three impressive options.

Yes, Emerging Markets Still Hold Promise

The moods that dictate underlying prices can quickly swing from one extreme to the other and that creates opportunities for investors. For instance, the rush back to domestic markets is leaving opportunity on the table overseas again.