The Wall Street Journal - Markets What's Keeping GM Going Strong Probably Won't Last 2017-04-28T16:16:11.000000000-04:00 Most multinationals performed better outside the U.S. in the first quarter. Not so the Detroit car makers, which barely made any money outside North America. Their home bias will eventually become a problem. Europe's Surprising Inflation Could Catch Markets Off Guard 2017-04-28T13:35:39.000000000-04:00 Europe isn’t following the script many had for it this year. April’s inflation numbers are a challenge to perceptions of the eurozone. Put a Kitten in Your Tank: Big Oil Gets Less Bold 2017-04-28T13:03:38.000000000-04:00 Exxon Mobil and Chevron quarterly results show a shifting emphasis that will affect big oil’s results in future commodity cycles. Qualcomm Gets Pelted by Apple 2017-04-28T12:57:18.000000000-04:00 Qualcomm said it was informed by Apple that it effectively would withhold payments by not paying its manufacturers for Qualcomm’s royalties. Having formally recognized its worst-case scenario, Qualcomm’s main challenge now will be convincing investors there is nowhere to go but up. Economy Needs Consumers to Shop Again 2017-04-28T12:44:42.000000000-04:00 First-quarter slowdowns have become such a regular feature of the U.S. economy that investors will be tempted to brush off this last one. They shouldn’t. Pressure Mounts on Barclays in More Ways Than One 2017-04-28T09:36:19.000000000-04:00 UBS appears to grab more of U.S. investment banking recovery than its U.K. rival. PayPal Does More for Less, but for How Long? 2017-04-28T09:18:35.000000000-04:00 PayPal is earning less per transaction, but usage is growing fast. First 100 Days: The Trump Trade's 'Ridiculous Standard' 2017-04-28T09:17:31.000000000-04:00 Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office have produced a strong stock market but weak economic growth; he should get an incomplete for both Shining a Bright Light on Dodgy Chinese Data 2017-04-28T09:16:33.000000000-04:00 Chinese GDP data is widely considered to be unreliable. But new estimates of growth from a surprising source hint that the recent uptick isn’t pure fiction. Tech's Titans Go From Big to Bigger 2017-04-28T09:15:49.000000000-04:00 The newfound prominence of big tech companies now can be chalked up to a few factors.