Gold and oil have slumped but strong demand is keeping most commodities chugging along.
Commodities markets have been on a hot streak the past few years, one many experts feel has a long-term foundation in a strong global economy despite signs that a speculative push may have temporarily overheated some items.
You don't have to go any further than the latest batch of third-quarter earnings to see how emerging countries are affecting the global economy.
STARS AND DOGS A selection of winners and losers in stocks rooted in the wages of sin.
Smith & Wesson
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Everyone knows guns maim and kill. But consider the upside: Handgun maker Smith & Wesson expects revenue to jump 27 per cent in the current fiscal year, helped by higher sales to law enforcement, the U.S. military and folks who just like to carry a piece. You got a problem with that?
I am very proud to be a Canadian for so many reasons. When commentators are criticizing our lack of international business success stories, I want to stand up and scream. What about Four Seasons Hotels or SNC Lavalin? There are many more, but these two are at the very top.