Archive Asia Top News and Analysis


  • Honda

    Honda and Mazda expect to post vastly higher profits this year as they take advantage of export-friendly currency moves, but will face high costs of expansion.

  • After China's first quarter growth numbers disappointed markets, two analysts say China is failing to benefit from its brisk credit growth.

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    The yen moved further away from the 100-level against the U.S. dollar on Friday after the Bank of Japan left its monetary policy unchanged.

  • Bankers who behave recklessly would be jailed under a new law being considered by MPs and peers on the banking commission, whose final report is due next month. The FT reports.

  • Sooner or later, Alibaba's founder, Jack Ma, will need to offer some kind of exit for his backers, not to mention employees, and an initial public offering is the most likely solution

  • The chief executive of China's largest private educational services provider New Oriental says China has good companies that can abide by global market regulations.

  • The Thai baht - Asia's strongest performing currency this year - has hit a 16-year high against the U.S. dollar this month and one economist says the baht is the region's last one-way bet.

  • Searches of financial terms on Google can be used to predict the direction of the stock market, according to an analysis of search engine behavior.

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    Japan's securities watchdog is investigating a U.S.-based investment company on suspicion that it falsified reports and could not account for up to $1.4 billion in disclosed funds.

  • Sunny Verghese, group managing director and chief executive officer of Olam International.

    The CEO of Singapore-based commodities firm Olam International, which was targeted by short seller Muddy Waters last year, said the firm has listened to its fiercest critics as it cuts capital spending and downsizes profit expectations.

  • Shibuya district, Tokyo

    Chatter over whether Japan's stocks are due for correction gained momentum after data showed foreign investors, who have been huge buyers of Japanese equities recently, became net sellers.

  • Samsung reported on Friday its sixth straight quarter of profit growth ahead of the sale of the Galaxy S4 smartphone this weekend.

  • Chinese investors can't seem to be getting enough of commercial real estate abroad and could spend a whopping $5 billion this year, according property services firm Jones Lang LaSalle.

  • Tokyo, Japan

    Japan's core consumer prices fell 0.5 percent in March from a year earlier, down for a fifth straight month, data showed on Friday.

  • Yahoo

    Yahoo Chairman Fred Amoroso resigned and will not seek re-election to the board at the shareholders meeting in June, the company said. Maynard Webb Jr. was appointed interim chairman.

  • GLENDALE, CA - JANUARY 05: Hyundai cars are on display in the showroom of the Hyundai dealership on January 5, 2011 in Glendale, California. Hyundai Motor Co. market share in the United States climbed just short of 5% in 2010. United States auto sales rose 11% in December. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

    Car maker Hyundai apologized Thursday for a U.K. advertisement that depicts a man trying to commit suicide in his garage but failing because of his zero-emission car.

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks with reporters after reading a statement on chemical weapon use in Syria.

    The White House says Syria may have crossed President Obama's "red line" by using chemical weapons against rebels, but the administration is still trying to find a "smoking gun."

  • Jim O'Neill

    As the Bank of Japan ramps up its monetary stimulus to include buying stocks, Jim O'Neill, chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, said it makes sense for central banks to own equities.

  • A slumping global economy is depressing the prices for many products, saving U.S. businesses and consumers billions.

  • United Parcel Service reported quarterly earnings that topped analysts' forecasts on Thursday, but revenue came in lighter than expected.

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