The Russian military’s stunning collapse in eastern Ukraine is injecting optimism into markets, analysts say

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Alexey Furman/Getty Images Ukraine's counteroffensive in its war against Russia is lifting Wall Street's mood, analysts say.  The government in Kyiv said it has retaken about 3,500 square miles of territory from Russia. "Suddenly investors are opening their eyes to the possibility of a sooner end to the war," wrote City Index […]

New carbon capture solvent is another stab at optimism in a stagnant industry

Enlarge / CO2 being released by mild heating of the BIG-bicarbonate solid. (credit: Neil J. Williams and Erick Holguin) Capturing carbon emissions before they enter the atmosphere is a white whale for the fossil fuel industry. In theory, if a power plant or a factory could easily eliminate carbon emissions by filtering them out of […]

After a disastrous year, a whiff of optimism is in the air

ARGENTINA IS FAMED as much for its financial crashes as for its juicy steaks and nifty footballers. But even compared with its usual performance, 2018 was a particularly miserable year for the economy. The worst drought in 50 years wrecked the corn and soyabean harvests, knocking 2% off GDP. The peso lost half its value […]

Pound to euro exchange rate: Sterling holds onto ‘previous gains’ as Brexit optimism grows

The pound has retained the high levels its been trading at all week and creeped up even further. The growth comes despite new UK construction and manufacturing production data proving disappointing. Optimism regarding a Brexit deal should serve to keep the pound buoyant, said experts. The pound is currently trading at €1.144 against the euro, […]

The DeanBeat: Optimism and despair over VR at Oculus Connect

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, injected a dose of optimism into the crowd at the Oculus Connect event this week at the San Jose Convention Center when he set a goal of getting a billion people into virtual reality. That’s reassuring in a way, since the Oculus Rift, the Samsung Gear VR, and other virtual […]

Olympic hockey boss Burke returns from Russia with optimism

Canadian Olympic men’s team general manager Sean Burke still has many miles to travel to scout hours and hours of games. But the man put in charge of following the back-to-back golden footprints of Steve Yzerman likes what he has witnessed so far. Of course, there will be no NHLers made available for the 2018 […]

F1 News: Wolff backs Hamilton 'legacy', Ferrari criticised over drivers, Sauber optimism

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff believes Lewis Hamilton is cementing his place in F1 history with his performances this year. Hamilton took his fourth win of the season at Silverstone, beating his team-mate Valtteri Bottas to complete a Mercedes one-two at the British Grand Prix. The Brit is contracted with the Brackley-based outfit until the […]

Experts offer optimism that Trump pulling the US out of the Paris agreement won’t doom the planet

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque When President Donald Trump announced he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate agreement on Thursday, environmental, industry, and policy experts reacted not with dejected fear, but with optimism that bordered on defiant. The overwhelming conclusion seemed to be that Trump’s decision placating his base was a dangerous diplomatic move, but […]