US economy

Judge Backs Plan to Reunify Migrant Families

Aug. 18 (Dow Jones) -- A federal judge in San Diego tentatively endorsed a government proposal to reunify hundreds of children with their deported parents in their home countries.

The Woman Who Wants Wall Street to Fund a Cure for Blindness

Aug. 18 (Dow Jones) -- Karen Petrou, an influential adviser to bankers and regulators, has made a career of deciphering complicated financial regulations. Now she's trying to decode another type of puzzle.

MS-13, Violent and Unruly, Is Trying to Organize—Can It?

Aug. 19 (Dow Jones) -- The meeting in Richmond, Va., quickly dispensed with routine matters, including introductions, before the senior leadership got down to business. Teamwork and recruitment, said one top official, needed improvement. Also, anyone wanting to kill a rival must secure prior approval.

Global Economy

Mexico's President-Elect Says the People Should Decide on New Airport

Aug.17 (Dow Jones) -- Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Friday he would let voters decide whether to continue construction of Mexico City's new airport, throwing into doubt the country's biggest public-works project and billions in investment and debt.

U.S., China Plot Road Map to Resolve Trade Dispute by November

Aug.17 (Dow Jones) -- Chinese and U.S. negotiators are mapping out talks to try to end their trade standoff ahead of planned meetings between President Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping at multilateral summits in November, said officials in both nations.

Colombia Tests Drones to Kill Plants Used for Cocaine

Bogotá, Colombia, Aug. 19 (Dow Jones) -- With drug crops booming, Colombia's police are busily testing whether drones carrying defoliants can efficiently kill the leaf used to make cocaine and win the support of Trump administration officials concerned about this country's growing capacity to supply drugs to American consumers.

U.S., Mexico Bridge Differences on Nafta Farm Goods

Aug.17 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. and Mexico are resolving their differences on agricultural products covered under Nafta after the Trump administration withdrew some of its sweeping demands, bringing the nations closer to an overall deal, according to five people familiar with the discussions.

Venezuelan Crisis Escalates as Economic Plans Fuel Tensions

Caracas, Venezuela, Aug. 19 (Dow Jones) -- The exodus of Venezuelans gained pace as the government's plans to address the collapsing economy fueled anxiety, while tensions grew in neighboring countries that have strained to absorb refugees.

How Erdogan’s Push for Endless Growth Brought Turkey to the Brink

Aug.17 (Dow Jones) -- The Turkish lira’s fall has been sudden and sharp. The cause traces back nearly a decade when the country’s leader decided to turn Turkey into something resembling China on a smaller scale, a world-class economy under one man’s firm control.

Corporations

The Game Has Changed at Tesla

Aug.17 (Dow Jones) -- Tesla’s investors, captivated by the electric car maker’s future growth prospects, have ignored its rickety finances. That is no longer possible.

What Your Car Knows About You

Aug. 19 (Dow Jones) -- Car makers are collecting massive amounts of data from the latest cars on the road. Now, they're figuring out how to make money off it.

Amazon’s No Bargain. Here’s Why Investors Keep Buying

Aug. 19 (Dow Jones) -- Shares of companies like Amazon.com Inc., Netflix Inc. and Salesforce.com Inc. have surged this year, driving the stock market higher but also pushing valuations to what some investors consider worrisome levels.

Markets

Trump Asks SEC to Study Six-Month Reporting for Public Companies

Aug.17 (Dow Jones) -- President Trump on Friday asked regulators to review a decades-old requirement that public companies release earnings quarterly, a change some executives support as promoting longer-term planning but that some investors charge could reduce market transparency.

Trade Fears Throw Future of U.S. Natural Gas Into Question

Aug.17 (Dow Jones) -- U.S.-China trade tensions threaten a promising area of growth in U.S. energy: natural-gas exports.

The End of Quarterly Reporting? Not Much to Cheer About

Aug.17 (Dow Jones) -- President Trump proposed Friday that public companies should report their financial results only twice a year instead of quarterly.

‘Green Bonds’ Are a Gray Area

Aug. 19 (Dow Jones) -- The booming world of "green bonds" faces a credibility problem: Definitions can be so fuzzy that environmentally conscious investors might end up funding fossil-fuel power stations.