Caterpillar Earnings Surpass Expectations

Caterpillar posted a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit as the world's largest mining and construction equipment aggressively cut costs to offset sluggish sales.

The World's Richest Woman: How Gina Rinehart Earns her Billions

Most of the richest women in the world have one thing in common: It was their husbands or fathers who actually earned the wealth. But while Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart inherited $75 million from her dad, it was by her own efforts that she multiplied that sum -- 386 times.

How to Choose a 'Green' Cat Litter

Flushable "green" kitty litter isn't green if you flush it down the toilet, as we recently noted, and ordinary clay litter requires mining land for...

Six Stocks to Buy for Real Revenue Growth in 2011

The path to profits for most of Corporate America lately has been cutting costs rather than raising revenue. But a careful look reveals a few companies that are poised to deliver real revenue growth. We've found six with a plus: Their stocks look like bargains.

The Top 10 Growth Industries for 2011

After the long downturn, the coming year will present an opportunity for many industries to rejuvenate themselves. Independent researcher IBISWorld sorted through the data on 711 U.S.-based industries to give its predictions of the 10 top performing industries for 2011.

Rio Tinto Offers $3.5 Billion for Riversdale Mining

Anglo-Australian mining company Rio Tinto (RIO) made a $3.5 billion bid for Riversdale Mining (RFLMF). The offer values Riversdale at about A$15 a share, Reuters reported. That%u2019s a 6% premium on Riversdale%u2019s close on Dec. 3. The shares rose today to A$16.31 each.

U.S. Manufacturing Output Rises 0.5%, the Most Since July

The nation%u2019s manufacturing recovery accelerated in October as factory output jumped 0.5%, the Federal Reserve said. Overall industrial output was flat in the month, but the typical autumn plunge in utilities output skewed the top-line stat lower.

Potash Sinks After Canada Rejects BHP Billiton Bid

Shares of Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan were down in morning trading Thursday after Canada provisionally blocked BHP Billiton's bid to buy the company, and it appears unlikely that the government, focused on protecting national assets and natural resources, will change its mind later.

U.S. Industrial Production Slipped 0.2% in September

It's the first decline since June 2009. Still, despite the dip, the nation's industrial sector remains in an uptrend, and a weaker dollar may further boost international sales of key U.S. companies in the months ahead.