In America, the victory of environmental regulation seems to be a foregone conclusion for many of the nation's largest companies. Companies like ExxonMobil and Wal-Mart, which have typically had very strong ties to Republicans, are among those incorporating an internal form of a carbon tax into their long-term financial plans.
Rapidly growing sports apparel company Under Armour Incorporated reported first quarter sales up 23%, slightly above Wall Street expectations. Net income decreased 47% due to planned marketing expenditures.
Shipments of personal computers are down a surprising 14% year-over-year in first quarter ’13, much worse than market estimates of -7.7%.
Every year around this time, financial publications publish their list of America's fastest-growing companies. And their advertising departments love them. These are often the most popular issues of the year, as consumers try to find "the next Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT)" or "the next Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)."