Companies & Markets

Gotham City Takes Down Spanish Joker

Gowex was one of the most recommended stocks in Spain, including among the biggest banks. But under attack by a short-seller, it jumped from denial to confession and collapse in five short days, exposing just how well Spain’s regulators function.

Google Glass Hacked, Can Record Everything You Stare At

You don’t need to break a code; you don’t need to capture a server. “Hardcore hackers wouldn’t even bother with it,” says one of the hackers. “They’d find access too easy.”

The Crony Capitalist Corruption At GM

GM blamed a low-level engineer for its ignition switch fiasco. That doesn’t even merit an “oh puleese!” I speak from personal experience: I owned a supplier that was smashed to smithereens by GM’s engineering and purchasing bureaucracy. 

Canary In A Handbag: Why Coach Hit The Skids

Coach just had an earnings fiasco. Sales plunged 21%. Prospects are worse for the period ahead. Store closings are coming. That’s the payoff for playing the destructive game of the Wall Street casino.

In Search Of Russia’s Lost Fracking Boom

Gazprom’s mega-deal with China sent shockwaves around the world. But Gazprom might not be able to honor the deal if shale reserves are not tapped soon. And that might not happen because capitalism à la russe is a harsh mistress.