Graphic: Insider trading timeline

October 29, 2009

It started out with two law school friends turning a modest profit on confidential merger news. But after 14 years of cashing in on blockbuster deals, the scheme came crashing down in a case that unfolds like a paperback detective novel.  Read the whole story here.

The day ahead: Thursday

October 28, 2009

Gross domestic product data for the third quarter should show that the U.S. economy resumed growing after a year of decline as consumers spent more and investment in home-building bounced back.

Chipping away at the Berlin Wall

October 28, 2009

By Neil Brennan

I was an exchange student studying in Strasbourg when the news first broke. My immediate reaction was the same as everyone else – incredulous. How could it be? As a student of Soviet Political Systems, I knew things were moving quickly – but in our minds, the Wall represented all that divided East from West. It was impenetrable – wasn’t it?

Graphic: Medical tourism by country

October 28, 2009

With U.S. healthcare prices spiraling upward, more and more insurers and individuals are looking abroad for treatment. By some estimates, 650,000 Americans will check into foreign hospitals from Mexico to Thailand this year.

The day ahead: Wednesday

October 27, 2009

Oil price gains may be starting to help ConocoPhillips’ bottom line, but its fleet of refineries is likely to show the strain when the company reports quarterly earnings.

The day ahead: Tuesday

October 26, 2009

The Case/Shiller index of housing prices probably improved by 1.4 percentage points to a fall of 11.9 percent in August, extending its recovery from the record low of minus-19 percent set in January.

The day ahead: Friday

October 22, 2009

Reuters takes an in-depth look at Calpers, the biggest U.S. public pension fund. Find out how the fund is dealing with heavy losses from its plunge into alternative investments.

The day ahead: Wednesday

October 21, 2009

Expect results from sector heavyweights McDonald’s, AT&T, Merck, 3M and

The day ahead: Wednesday

October 20, 2009

Morgan Stanley is expected to break a string of three straight quarterly losses when it reports results but is likely to struggle to match the strong earnings of rival Goldman Sachs.