The Best Business Photos of the Month

From Siberian oil fields and Argentinian horse-cloning ranches to the trading floors of London and pavilions of Art Basel Miami, Bloomberg Visual Media presents the global economy in 31 photos from December.

Guests inside an underwater tunnel take photographs as a grey nurse shark swims overhead at AquaRio, South America's largest aquarium, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.
Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

 

Workers sit at their desks in offices in the Broadgate Quarter of the City of London, U.K., London, U.K., on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. U.K. companies submitted their Brexit wish list to Prime Minister Theresa May, with easy access to European Union labor and markets the key demands for many sectors.
Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

 

Buddhist monks walk past portraits of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, top, and of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn displayed at a store prior to the proclamation of Vajiralongkorn as King Rama X in Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.
Photographer: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

 

A pedestrian walks along the sidewalk and past the shadow of a palm tree at the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.
Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

 

Mountains of salt stand at the Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) in Potosi, Bolivia, on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Bolivia has the largest lithium deposits of any country, which are estimated to be about half of the world's supply.
Photographer: Marcelo Perez del Carpio/Bloomberg

 

U.S. Vice President-elect Mike Pence, center, speaks to members of the media outside of Trump Tower in New York, U.S., on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016.
Photographer: John Angelillo/Pool via Bloomberg

 

The body of Porsche Panamera luxury automobile stands inside a light tunnel during paint work inspections in the Porsche AG factory in Leipzig, Germany, on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.
Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

 

An employee works on the tail of a Boeing Co. Dreamliner 787 plane on the production line at the company's final assembly facility in North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.
Photographer: Travis Dove/Bloomberg

 

A flame from gas flare blazes on top of a flare stack at the Exxon Mobil Corp. Banyu Urip Central Processing Facility in the Cepu block of Bojonegoro, East Java, Indonesia, on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Exxon is seeking to increase production from the Banyu Urip field to 200,000 barrels per day, according to Erwin Maryoto, Vice President of Public and Government Affairs at ExxonMobil Cepu. Photographer: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A flame from gas flare blazes on top of a flare stack at the Exxon Mobil Corp. Banyu Urip Central Processing Facility in the Cepu block of Bojonegoro, East Java, Indonesia, on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016.
Photographer: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg

 

Abandoned switching locomotives sit parked on the grounds of the former U.S. Steel McDonald Works steel mill near Youngstown in Campbell, Ohio, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2016.
Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

 

An oil sample sits in a glass beaker in the laboratory at the Novokuibyshevsk oil refinery plant, operated by Rosneft PJSC, in Novokuibyshevsk, Samara region, Russia, on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016.
Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

 

Goh Choon Phong, chief executive officer of Singapore Airlines Ltd., speaks during an interview at the Andaz Hotel in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.
Photographer: Kholoood Eid/Bloomberg

 

A plane pulls a banner reading "Drain The Swamp. No Bannon No Sessions" as it flies overhead outside an event where U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, not pictured, is scheduled to speak in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016.
Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

 

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks during an event at Carrier Corp. in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. Trump said he called the top executive of United Technologies Corp. shortly after his election and told him not to close a Carrier factory in Indianapolis that became a symbol of the Republican's outsider campaign for the White House.
Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

 

Matteo Renzi, Italy's prime minister, takes his ballot paper prior to casting his vote in the referendum on constitutional reform at a polling station in Pontassieve, Italy, on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016.
Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

 

Traders speak on fixed-line telephones on the trading floor of the open outcry pit at the London Metal Exchange Ltd. (LME), in London, U.K., on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. Bank of America Merrill Lynch raised price forecasts for copper, lead and zinc, while Citigroup Inc. said theres "cautious optimism" on prospects for further gains.
Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

 

Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., from left, Safra Catz, co-chief executive officer of Oracle Corp., and Elon Musk, chief executive officer and co-founder of Tesla Motors Inc., listen during a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and technology leaders at Trump Tower in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016.
Photographer: Albin Lohr-Jones/Pool via Bloomberg

 

Three identical Crestview Genetics Arabian horses at a ranch in Lujan, Argentina, on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Started in 2010, Crestview Genetics Argentina has produced a herd of over 45 horse clones.
Photographer: Sarah Pabst/Bloomberg

 

A member of the Venezuelan Army patrols a neighborhood after looting erupted in the town of La Fria in Tachira, Venezuela, on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016.
Photographer: Carlos Becerra/Bloomberg

 

A woman holds up her identification documents next to a barrier at the crossing of the Venezuelan border with Colombia in San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela, on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016.
Photographer: Carlos Becerra/Bloomberg

 

A weaver uses a handloom to make a silk sari at a workshop in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India, on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Nov. 8 decision to ban high-value currency notes, effectively cancelling 86 percent of cash in circulation, was designed to stifle corruption and tax evasion, but many of the hardest-hit are workers in India's vast and intricate informal economy -- the small businesses, shops, weavers and countless other basic industries and services that employ more than 90 percent of Indian workers.
Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

 

An attendee sits as he waits for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, not pictured, to arrive during an event in West Allis, Wisconsin, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016.
Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

 

Visitors sit and relax at Art Basel Miami Beach in Miami, Florida, U.S., on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.
Photographer: Scott McIntyre/Bloomberg

 

Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, third right, and Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, third left, watch a performance of an ancient judo custom during a visit to the Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016.
Photographer: Toru Yamanaka/Pool via Bloomberg

 

Attendees listen as John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State, not pictured, delivers remarks at the Department of State in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. Kerry is offering a comprehensive vision for how Middle East peace can be achieved, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blocked a discussion of new construction in Jerusalem in an effort to reduce tensions with Washington.
Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

 

Demonstrators hold signs reading "Punish The Prosecuters and Judges? Say No! Fight Against Corruption", during an anti-corruption protest in the Copacabana Beach neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016.
Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

 

People sit on a set of steps on Orchard Road in Singapore, on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2016. Shopping has overtaken gambling as the biggest earner in Singapore's tourism industry for the first time since 2012, surging 44 percent in the six months through June from a year ago, official data show.
Photographer: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

 

People light candles as floral tributes sit in Berlin Christmas market in Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016.
Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

 

Hindu pilgrims take boat trips from Dashasumedh ghat on the banks of the Ganges river in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India, on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.
Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

 

Employees are showered with confetti as they mark the close of trading for the year at the Korea Exchange (KRX) in Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016.
Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

 

Lights illuminate the Spasskaya Tower on the eastern wall of the Kremlin building in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. The Obama administrations annouced a new round of sanctions on Russian officials and entities for election interference. Thirty-five Russian diplomats were ordered to leave the country and two Russian compounds are being closed.
Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg