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  • Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Monday lowered the 2012 GDP growth target to 7.5 percent, which economists and investment strategists say China will have no problem overshooting.

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    With little fanfare, China’s currency has appreciated significantly in the last year and a half, leading many economists to question whether the exchange rate is still the most important economic issue for the United States to press with China’s leaders. The New York Times reports.

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    Tensions with Iran, rather than supply and demand, may be the reason gas prices have been consistently climbing, but what has yet to be seen is the impact that this will have on the economy and the country on the whole.

  • Global Markets Update: Draghi Warns to Not Expect Further Fund Injections

    European markets finish the week with a mixed results. Bank stocks are among the best performers. Analysts say ECB liquidity injection has eased fears, but the ECB's Draghi warns not to expect further injection of funds into banks. Spain intends to base 2012 budget on higher deficit target than stated earlier. With Jim Bianco, Bianco Research and Diane Swonk, Mesirow Financial.

  • VC Titan Andreessen on Bubbles, Apple, Politics, Regulation & China

    Marc Andreessen, Andreessen Horowitz co-founder, discusses new investments in social media coming out of Silicon Valley. He also shares his view on Apple's outsourcing of jobs to China: "A lot of lower skilled jobs are being built in China; that's great for China's development and good for our national security," he says.

  • Fast Money Portfolio: Outlook on China's Economy

    "The Chinese economy is much less sensitive to oil price movements, compared to the U.S.", says Jing Ulrich, JP Morgan managing director & chairman of global markets, China, discussing why an optimistic outlook on China's economy doesn't translate into solid earnings, and whether China's economy can overcome a housing market correction. Also, the Fast Money traders with the best plays to make in China.

  • Brent Crude Futures at Highest Level in 4 Years

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

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    A California company can pull lithium, and other critical metals, out of the effluent water of geothermal power plants, removing the need to drill or blast for new resources the way miners typically do.

  • Commodities Tomorrow: Huge Plunge in Gold & Silver

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

  • BlackRock's Fink Says Get Off Sidelines

    Laurence Fink, BlackRock chairman & CEO, says there could be serious repercussions for investors not getting into the stock market: "The biggest risks for investors are not making decisions," he tells CNBC's Maria Bartiromo.

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    Senate officials said Tuesday they are confident the United States Senate has not been exposed to potential Chinese cyber-spying in the wake of allegations that the telecommunications company Nortel Networks was penetrated for years by hackers who appeared to be working from China.

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    China, once considered the "workshop of the world," is now seeing many international companies shift out as they find it difficult to cope with rising wages and a tight labor market.

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    After spending most of 2011 in negative territory, Chinese stocks have the biggest upside potential, according to Cedric Ma, Senior Investment Strategist at Convoy Asset Management.

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    The next upside targets for the Shanghai Index are near 2,540 and 2,600.

  • A lone Chinese investor talks on the phone as he monitors his stock prices at a security firm in Hefei, east China's Anhui province.

    The next big global financial crisis will emanate from China. That is not a firm prediction. But few countries have avoided crises after financial liberalization and global integration. Would China be different? Only if Chinese policymakers retain their caution, says the FT's Martin Wolf.

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    Chinese car maker BYD said on Tuesday that its net profit in 2011 fell by 44 percent from a year earlier due to fierce competition in the world's largest auto market and a sharp fall in photovoltaic product prices.

  • Chinese President Hu Jintao talks with Vice President Xi Jinping at China's Parliament in Beijing, China.

    The politics of China's need for a smooth leadership succession this year provide the best protection against a hard economic landing, regardless of stuttering exports, faltering capital flows, local government debts and lingering inflation risks.

  • Commodities Tomorrow: High Oil Prices Seen Impeding Economic Recovery

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson takes a look at how the surge in oil prices, despite Monday's pause, could impede the economic recovery in the U.S. and around the world.

  • Euros at an angle

    Leading economies told Europe it must put up extra money to fight its debt crisis if it wants more help from the rest of the world, piling pressure on Germany to drop its opposition to a bigger European bailout.

  • Taking TWG to China

    Discussing TWG's expansion into China, the company's co-founder & president Taha Bouqdib, says he's not worried about "copycats" in the mainland replicating his ideas.