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  • Japan, South Korea End the Week on a High Note Thursday, 9 Apr 2009 | 8:19 PM ET

    Tokyo stocks closed at a three-month high while Seoul shares rose to their highest in six months Friday. Trading was limited around the region with the Australian, Hong Kong and Singapore markets closed for the Good Friday holiday.

  • Tech Shares Give Asia a Boost, Bond Yields Rise Thursday, 9 Apr 2009 | 6:12 AM ET

    Asian stocks pushed back towards a six-month high Thursday as technology shares resumed their rally, while Japan's surprisingly big stimulus spending and signs of stabilizing economic activity drove up government bond yields.

  • Corporate Result Fears Weigh Heavily on Asia Wednesday, 8 Apr 2009 | 5:09 AM ET

    Asian stocks slid for a second day Wednesday while the U.S. dollar climbed, with investors fleeing to the sidelines to await companies' business outlooks as what is expected to be a grim results season begins.

  • Asian Markets Wobble as Bank Worries Resurface Tuesday, 7 Apr 2009 | 5:11 AM ET

    Asian stocks teetered Tuesday, snuffing a five-day rally as uncertainty about U.S. banks pushed dealers to take profits on recent gains, while investors' reduced willingness to take risks lifted the U.S. dollar and yen.

  • Asian Markets Rally to 6-Month High, Yen Slides Monday, 6 Apr 2009 | 5:02 AM ET

    Asian shares climbed to a six-month high Monday, as hopes that the global economic downturn is nearing its bottom spur demand for riskier assets while hitting the yen and safe-haven government bonds.

  • G20 Supports Asia Ahead of US Employment Data Friday, 3 Apr 2009 | 5:09 AM ET

    Efforts by G20 leaders convinced investors that policy makers were united enough to keep a risk taking rally alive Friday, pushing up Asian markets higher for a fourth day.

  • Asian Markets Surge, Boosted by Auto Stocks Thursday, 2 Apr 2009 | 6:01 AM ET

    Asian markets surged Thursday, with investors seeing a sliver of hope the U.S. economy has bottomed, while the euro edged up before a European Central Bank meeting at which rates may be cut for the last time in a while.

  • Asian Markets Extend Rally But Caution Sets In Wednesday, 1 Apr 2009 | 5:44 AM ET

    Asian markets started the new quarter with more gains after an impressive performance in March on expectations the frail global economy is about to bottom out and hopes the financial system was on the mend.

  • Asian Markets Wobble on Uncertainty, Tokyo Loses 1.5% Tuesday, 31 Mar 2009 | 10:49 AM ET

    Asian stocks wobbled Tuesday with markets weaving in and out of negative territory as some investors bet the most painful stretch of corporate earnings damage may be over and bought technology shares.

  • US Auto Fears Drag on Asian Stocks Monday, 30 Mar 2009 | 5:09 AM ET

    Asian markets dived and U.S. stock futures slumped Monday, while safe-haven U.S. Treasuries gained after the Obama administration's autos task force rejected turnaround plans for troubled automakers GM and Chrysler.

  • Asian Stocks Hit 2-Month Highs on US Debt Plan Tuesday, 24 Mar 2009 | 6:26 AM ET

    Asian markets touched two-month highs on Tuesday, with financial stocks among the leaders, as the U.S. government's plan to absorb toxic debts met with investor approval.

  • Charting Asia | Centro Retail Group Weekly Chart Monday, 23 Mar 2009 | 11:42 PM ET
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  • Asian Stocks at Two-Month High US Debt Plan Monday, 23 Mar 2009 | 6:22 AM ET

    Asian stocks rose to a two-month high Monday and high-yielding currencies advanced on the yen after details on a U.S. plan to rid banks of up to $1 trillion of toxic assets improved confidence about risk taking.

  • Asian Markets Close Mixed, Fed Uncertainties Return Friday, 20 Mar 2009 | 6:23 AM ET

    Asian markets were mixed Friday, but looked set to gain for a second consecutive week -- marking their best weekly back to back gains since mid-December -- as the Fed's plan to inject a combined $1.15 trillion into the U.S. financial system improved battered confidence in the banking sector.

  • Asia Struggles to Keep Gains Despite Fed Initiatives Thursday, 19 Mar 2009 | 6:12 AM ET

    Asian markets struggled while the U.S. dollar nursed large losses Thursday, after the Federal Reserve pledged to pump an additional $1 trillion into the ailing U.S. economy.

  • Asian Markets Drift Higher, BOJ Move Spurs Bonds Wednesday, 18 Mar 2009 | 7:06 AM ET

    Asian stocks drifted higher Wednesday as banks extended gains, while Japanese government bonds rose after the Bank of Japan sharply increased the amount of government debt it would purchase to support the economy.

  • Asian Markets Gain as Bears Are Squeezed Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | 8:13 PM ET

    Asian markets advanced Tuesday, with banks extending gains on hopes the struggling global financial system is stabilizing, despite reports showing the U.S. economy is deteriorating further.

  • Markets Turn Uncertain on China's Stimulus Silence Thursday, 5 Mar 2009 | 5:59 AM ET

    Asian stocks wavered Thursday as some markets were disappointed with the lack of any detail to China's stimulus plans, while the euro fell on expectations the European Central Bank will cut rates to an all-time low later in the day.

  • Asian Markets Swing into Black, Banks Still a Concern Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | 5:49 AM ET

    Asian markets climbed into positive territory while the U.S. dollar rose to a three-year high against a basket of currencies Wednesday, after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave a grim view on the financial sector.

  • Stocks in Tokyo hit a 25-year low Tuesday and most major indexes in Asia were down, caught in the downdraft of risk aversion sparked by renewed concern over the global financial sector.