Despite recent earnings volatility, Starbucks seems poised for continued growth, both globally and in the United States.
FORTUNE -- Shares of Starbucks (SBUX) are up about 6% from their lows earlier this week, propelled on Friday by an upgrade from Wells Fargo analyst Bonnie Herzog.
The market, she wrote in her note, "is underestimating the power" of the company's foray into mobile payments -- which represented an eye-popping $1 billion in revenues MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Feb 7, 2014 3:46 PM ET
In contrast to the beery humor of Super Bowl ads, Olympic advertisers go for the heart.
By Daniel Roberts, writer-reporter
FORTUNE -- Perhaps the most "Super Bowly" ad of this year's Super Bowl was a lengthy Bud Light spot that packed in celebrities like Don Cheadle and Arnold Schwarzenegger with the band One Republic, all part of an elaborate surprise night out for a non-celebrity Manhattan bro in his twenties.
That kind MOREFeb 7, 2014 5:00 AM ET
In year six of 10-year performance wager, index fund wallops hedge funds.
By Carol J. Loomis
FORTUNE -- Results are in for the sixth year of the competition sometimes called the $1 million bet, and Warren Buffett -- once a piteous straggler in this 10-year wager on stock market performance -- has opened up a sizable lead over his opponent, New York asset manager Protégé Partners. Buffett's horse in the bet MOREFeb 5, 2014 5:19 PM ET
The billionaire investor talks about China, the role of culture in foreign affairs, and his Schwarzman Scholars program.
By Andy Serwer, managing editor
FORTUNE -- A Year of the Horse Chinese New Year gala hosted by the China Arts Foundation brought together moguls from China and the United States in an event that was highlighted by an interview of one of the evening's honorees, Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman, by Fortune managing MOREFeb 5, 2014 2:58 PM ET
Workers at Volkswagen's new U.S. assembly plant in Chattanooga will vote in a secret ballot whether to join the UAW, which may open the door to unions at other southern auto plants.Feb 5, 2014 2:54 PM ET
The world's tobacco giants are heavily focused on sales in developing markets, their only source of growth.
FORTUNE -- The announcement Wednesday morning by drugstore chain CVS (CVS) that it will stop selling cigarettes is a big deal. It further cements the widespread rejection of smoking in the U.S. and other Western nations. But for the world's biggest tobacco companies, it's almost meaningless.
Yes, tobacco sales generate about $2 billion in sales MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Feb 5, 2014 1:14 PM ET
NRG and Virgin will build renewable energy project at Necker Island.
By David Whitford, editor-at-large
FORTUNE -- Here's a sad irony: No part of the world is more richly endowed with clean, endlessly renewable energy -- the sun, the wind, the tides! -- than the Caribbean. Yet none is more dependent on fossil fuels, mainly diesel, to generate electricity. It is dirty power and it is expensive -- anywhere from MOREFeb 4, 2014 8:00 AM ET
Brawnier pickups Like Silverado HD will haul more cargo, yield more gold for GM.
By Doron Levin
FORTUNE -- The next chapter of General Motors Co.'s (GM) truck strategy is unfolding with the debut of its heavy-duty pickups, a special vehicle chosen by haulers of big loads or by those towing a large trailer, such as one used to shuttle horses to equestrian events.
In a U.S. market of roughly 1.7 MOREFeb 4, 2014 5:00 AM ET
The comedian is the latest face of the fascinating and enormous company that's spending big on pistachios
By Anne VanderMey, reporter
FORTUNE -- In case you were wondering, it's not normal to have a celebrity star in a Super Bowl ad to sell a nut.
And yet, with the spot last night featuring Stephen Colbert's green, shrunken head as a talking pistachio, the famous comedian is just the latest in a string MOREFeb 3, 2014 5:18 PM ET
Next round in grudge match over price-fixing decision
FORTUNE -- On Tuesday morning the federal appeals court in New York will hear arguments on whether to halt a court-appointed monitor from overseeing Apple until the company's full appeal can be heard from a judge's ruling last July, finding that its 2010 launch of its iBook store violated the antitrust laws.
Apple (AAPL) argues that the monitorship -- being carried out by Michael MORERoger Parloff, Senior Editor (Legal Affairs) - Feb 3, 2014 2:22 PM ET
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