HSBC Posts Higher First-Quarter Profit

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HSBC said net profit inched up in first three months of the year, bolstered by a strong performance at its markets business.

China's Resurgent Property Market Isn't So Grand

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China’s property market has perked up of late. But a rally in developer China Evergrande’s stock factors in this—and a whole lot more.

The New Bookkeeper Is a Robot

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Robots—basically software—are taking over corporate finance departments, replacing armies of people. Jobs vulnerable to automation include accounts-payable and accounts-receivable clerks and analysts.

Brazilian Economy Struggles

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With Brazil dogged by drought, a sluggish economy and a corruption scandal at its most important company, businesses in Latin America’s largest economy have little to be optimistic about.

Shift at McDonald's: More Franchising Ahead

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The new CEO at McDonald’s plans to sell more restaurants to franchisees and restructure international operations to cut $300 million in annual costs and create a more nimble business.

Upstarts Eat McDonald's Lunch

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Ahead of the Tape: Fast food and fast money mix with Noodles & Co., Potbelly and others as McDonald’s flounders.

Great Wall Has No Moat for SUVs

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Chinese car companies such as Great Wall are finally gaining market share with economical SUVs. Such good times won’t last.

Inflation Back in Sight

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Inflation expectations are picking up again, as a rebound in oil prices helps ease an early-year deflation scare.

Inflation Back in Sight

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Inflation expectations are picking up again, as a rebound in oil prices helps ease an early-year deflation scare.

Prudential's Asia Margins Don't Stand Too Tall

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Worries that regulators may take aim at U.K. insurer Prudential’s seemingly wildly profitable Asian business are overdone.

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