Sandwiched between two great powers in Russia and China, Kazakhstan is the world's 12th largest oil producing nation.
The Pacific is not unique in terms of governments shoring up defense capabilities, including major purchases from U.S.-based companies.
Positive news on Omicron is more powerful at the moment, at least for the markets, than the overhanging probability of tighter monetary policy.
Plus, the headline numbers don't come close to telling the story of Thursday's action in the equity markets, which had a case of bad breadth.
The shares of the food delivery service are climbing after word of a deal to acquire rival Wolt Enterprises, which will expand its presence in Europe.
The red-hot sector is now running into a number of headwinds that could hamper further growth.
Shares seem bound to finally see the breakout in terms of price.
And now, coal is back.
The public health officials in Italy are uniformly trying to wipe out COVID and private industry seems to eagerly embrace the judgment.
How peculiar that the last day of a calendar can still drive frenzied activity given that most folks can follow their money on a daily or even real-time basis these days.