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    "When a natural disaster strikes, its victims most urgently need aid. Many companies respond by making direct donations and matching employee gifts. But in times of crisis, we advise companies to do more than give money," writes this author.

  • TEPCO workers in protective suits conduct a cooling operation by spraying water at the damaged No. 4 unitP at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex.

    Engineers pinned their hopes on chemicals, sawdust and shredded newspaper to stop highly radioactive water pouring into the ocean from Japan's tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant Sunday as officials said it will take several months to bring the crisis under control, the first time they have provided a timetable.

  • A pedestrian road has collapsed in the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Urayasu city, Chiba prefecture. The earthquake shook Japan, unleashing powerful tsunamis that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns.

    There seems to be little news to merit any optimism. The challenges facing Japan are great and daunting. But let's not discount the resilience and determination of the Japanese and let's not dismiss the Japanese economy.

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    As hundreds of thousands of young people begin their working lives on Friday, they face a transformed Japan that will test a generation reared in affluence yet dismissed by its elders as selfish materialists. The New York  Times reports.

  • These plays might be "glaringly obvious," but Cramer said they're making investors a lot of money.

  • General unrest in the Middle East has had a "dramatic impact on oil prices," the chief executive of a major South African mining and energy company said Thursday—and he makes no secret of the fact that that's good news for his firm.

  • Jefferies analyst Peter Misek weighs in on how the natural disasters in Japan may affect Apple's production.

  • Setbacks mounted Wednesday in the crisis over Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear facility, with nearby seawater testing at its highest radiation levels yet and the president of the plant operator checking into a hospital with hypertension.

  • Perhaps we were wrong to cite the CBOE's VIX contract as a good indicator of market volatility? Recent events, including on-going military action in Libya and the Portugal sovereign debt crisis, would have suggested that the market should sell off on greater uncertainty, and yet the VIX fell from 29 last week to 17 today. Are investors becoming more sanguine about these issues?

  • Here's what you should be watching Thursday, March 30.

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    The current market environment reminds me of the movie “Wayne’s world” that I saw longer ago than I care to remember. The party mood on the markets just continues in the face of clear and present dangers.

  • Electric power poles lean over a road March 21, 2011 in Asahi, Chiba, Japan. Japan.Ten days after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, the death toll has risen to at least 8,600 dead with thousands still missing. Presently the country is struggling to contain a potential nuclear meltdown after the nuclear plant was seriously damaged from the quake.

    The term “rolling blackouts” has become shorthand for noting one way Japan is trying to cope with its national calamity. Experts say it may be next year before anything close to full electrical power is restored in Japan. The New York  Times reports.

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    The reality is, in this century, a global perspective is necessary when investing for portfolio success. Latin America, developing Europe, the Middle East, and Africa all hold promise. And without a doubt the brightest beacon for emerging growth today is Asia.

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    While engineers at Japan’s stricken nuclear power plant struggle to keep its uranium fuel rods from melting down, engineers in China are building a radically different type of reactor that some experts say offers a safer nuclear alternative, the New York  Times reports.

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    A CNBC analysis of how markets reacted to previous nuclear accidents may help explain and predict the impact of the emergency in Japan.

  • Damaged houses, cars and debris after the earthquake

    Talk about a morning with wildly inconsistent messages about the auto industry's ability to build vehicles in the wake of the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

  • A factory building has collapsed in Sukagawa city, Fukushima prefecture, in northern Japan. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns.

    Despite record inflows into the Japanese ETF, options traders are less than optimistic about a Japanese recovery.

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    Here's what you should be watching Thursday, March 24.

  • Why the "Mad Money" host is bullish on this construction machinery name right now.

  • A couple walks past upturned vehicles sitting on a wall in the city of Miyako

    Almost two weeks since an earthquake and tsunami devastated a large part of Japan and forced Japanese automakers to shut down their plants, there's a growing panic with American car buyers.