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U.S. May Soon Become World's Top Oil Producer

U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer. "Five years ago, if I or anyone had predicted today's production growth, people would have thought we were crazy," says one expert.

The Global 500: No Borders, No Boundaries

Despite financial turmoil in Europe and disasters in Japan, the world's largest corporations had record profits and revenue in 2011. Where on Earth will the growth come from next?

3 Top Dividend Stocks for 2012

Just because the economy is growing does not mean investors should abandon high-paying dividend stocks in favor of growth names, says Oliver Pursche, co-portfolio manager of GMG Defensive Beta Fund. Here are three that he recommends.

Best Global Brands: Google Climbs to No. 4

Interbrands' latest annual ranking of brand value once again has Coca-Cola as No. 1. But rising three spots within the Top 10 is Google. Now in the fourth spot, the search giant trails archrival Microsoft by only one rung on the brand-value ladder.

Really Green Energy: Could Algae Fuel Our Cars?

As oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's damaged well, the federal government is pouring a bit more money into alternative energy sources with a grant to groups working on turning algae into a commercially viable fuel.

Shell Buys Major U.S. Natural Gas Company

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is making a major diversification play, buying up most of East Resources, one of the largest independent natural gas companies in the Eastern U.S.

Australia Raises Interest Rates Again

As Australia continues to show strong signs of economic recovery driven by Chinese demand for natural resources, the Reserve Bank of Australia raised interest rates for the fourth time since October. The RBA raised its key cash rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 4%, and has has now raised the rate by one full percentage point since Oct. 7.