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Eastern Europe Gets All Shook Up Over '50s-Style Diners

The world's fourth Elvis-themed restaurant is scheduled to open in a mall in Georgia this year. But not in the Peach State in the heart of the Dixie -- the Elvis American Diner is in the Republic of Georgia. Seems that in the former Soviet Union, the King and 1950s Americana are considered pretty nifty.

Why Priceline Is a Better Investment Now Than Expedia

Even buy-and-hold investors can't afford to let their portfolios collect cobwebs. Valuations and fundamentals change perpetually, and shareholders need to know when there's more potential for growth elsewhere. Here we take a look at some online travel agency stocks worth swapping: Expedia and Priceline.

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.

Walmart Stock Has Room to Rise Via Emerging Markets

Walmart's numbers have been stagnating in the U.S. lately, but overseas in emerging markets, the world's biggest retailer has been coming on strong. Its stock has been hovering in the low $50s -- and you won't believe where Trefis puts its estimate for the real value of the low-price giant.

Expedia's AirAsia Partnership Is Just the Ticket

Expedia, the world's largest online travel agency, soon will be selling flights, hotel bookings and holiday packages in the world's fastest growing aviation and tourism market, thanks to an exclusive deal with AirAsia. Trefis takes a look at what the deal will mean for both companies.

Money Advice from World's Most Beautiful Woman

We caught up with Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai at the Cannes Film Festival to chat what she's learned about money in her ascent to the top of India's film pantheon. Her answers show that despite her fame and fortune, in matters of finance, she's been wise enough to stay true to her middle-class roots.

Expedia's Game Plan for India's Travel Market

Online travel portal Expedia began doing business in India almost two years ago, and is now scaling up operations there. By forming partnerships with local suppliers, Expedia hopes to jump to fourth place in the market in less than a year. Here's how it plans to go about it.

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.

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.

How to Stitch Cotton Into Your Portfolio?

Among the questions investors now face: How much rally is left in cotton since skyrocketing 171% already in a year? Among the variables to consider are weather, demand and how much more land gets devoted to cotton. Analysts point to better and worse ways to play this commodity.

IMF Lays Out the Challenges Ahead for Global Recovery

In its latest report, the IMF applauds national policymakers for stabilizing credit markets and putting the global economy on a recovery track. However, thorny problems remain -- including how to prevent overheating in emerging markets, and how to cut the U.S. deficit while lowering its unemployment rate.

What Investors Should Expect After Davos 2011

When columnist and venture capitalist Peter Cohan read the dispatches from last week's World Economic Forum in Davos, two things caught his eye: First, the elite are exuberant, and second, they're annoyed by the idea that they should create societal value. Here's what both those ideas mean for investors.

U.S. National Debt Is Huge, but It's Not a Catastrophe

True, the U.S. national debt is large and it should be reduced at some point, but does a large national debt doom a nation to economic ruin? Only if you believe that nations like Germany, France, and Japan are economic basket cases too.

Three Companies With... Stocks That Are Set to Double [Video]

As stocks continue to climb higher, finding undervalued companies gets more difficult. Hilary Kramer, editor of GameChangerStocks.com stopped by our offices to discuss three e-commerce companies that she believes could double from their current levels.

India's Internet Comes of Age with First $1 Billion Dot-Com

When tech writer Alex Salkever issued his five tech predictions for 2010 last year, he boldly proclaimed that India's nascent tech sector would see its first blockbuster startup emerge. That blockbuster turns out to be MakeMyTrip.com, and it's likely to be followed by many more in 2011.

2011's Stealth Trend: Wireless Web Remakes the Rural World

If you want to know how the rural developing world could get cheap, easy wireless Internet access, just follow the money: Remittances to those regions total tens of billions each year, and the money flow isn't very efficient. The profits from micro-telcos taking over the business could prime the pump for an information revolution in the hinterlands.

GM's IPO: Recovery -- Not the End of the Road

Considering where the iconic carmaker has been in recent years, the pending IPO -- and robust investor demand for shares -- is a remarkably positive step. But GM still has plenty of problem spots that will need fixing if this historic event is to have lasting meaning.

Vodafone Ordered to Pay $554 Million Deposit to Indian Court

Vodafone Group (VOD) was ordered by an Indian court to put up a deposit of 25 billion rupees ($554 million) while it challenges an Indian tax bill. Vodafone, the world%u2019s largest mobile-phone company, has to set aside 25 billion rupees with the court within three weeks and submit bank guarantees for 85 billion rupees within eight weeks, Bloomberg News said.

Coal India May Buy Massey Energy Mine

Coal India, the world%u2019s biggest producer of coal, may purchase a mine owned by Massey Energy Co. (MEE), Bloomberg News said. The deal would be the state-owned company%u2019s first asset purchase in the U.S.

U.S. Growth to Lag Behind Developing World in 2011

The world economy is poised for more of the same in 2011 -- booming growth in China, India and Brazil, and a sluggish crawl in the U.S. and much of the rest of the developed world. Here are the five most important factors driving expectations for sluggish economic growth in the U.S.:

Asia Leads the IPO Race as U.S. Drops Further Back

Over the last 11 years, Asia's IPO market has ascended while the U.S. market has imploded. Led by China, which has raised $76 billion through IPOs in 2010, Asia's share of global IPOs has increased from 12% in 1999 to 66%. Meanwhile, U.S. IPOs have declined from around 44% to 11% during the same time period, according to Bloomberg.