Lucia Rodriguez Ilaria figured it would be easy to get a big crowd together in Brazil’s largest city to demonstrate against BP Plc, the company responsible for the largest oil spill in U.S. history. The June 12 event in Sao Paulo was part of Worldwide Protest BP Day, an event organized in 52 cities across five continents that aimed to start a boycott of BP products. About 350,000 people signed on for the protest on Facebook.
Gartmore Investment Management Ltd.’s Christopher Palmer needed only a day in Rio de Janeiro to scout for investment opportunities while visiting Brazil six years ago. Now half a week in the city isn’t enough.
Victor Hugo Barragan saw sales plummet 40 percent in the first nine months of 2010 at his homemade-ice-cream shop in Guadalupe, Mexico . A grenade blast that injured 14 people in the town’s central square in October - - the first drug-trafficking attack on the general public ever in this Monterrey suburb -- made a bad year even worse.
Stocks climbed around the world and copper rallied as manufacturing in China and Europe expanded and prospects of an imminent strike on Syria faded. The yen weakened, bonds declined and crude oil fell for a third day.
Emerging-market stocks advanced for a fourth day, with price swings in the benchmark index falling to an eight-year low, as a gauge of Chinese manufacturing climbed and Israel agreed to a cease-fire with Hamas.