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    Market correlations have once again been rising - with stocks, bonds and even gold dropping in recent weeks on worries about Greece. That's making it harder for investors to use traditional forms of portfolio diversification. Instead, according to one fund manager, investors should be looking at technical price patterns.

  • Buying Sanofi Shares = Short Euros? Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | 11:46 PM ET

    Looking to short the euro? You could buy shares of  Sanofi, the world’s fourth-largest drug company by sales, because of its limited exposure to Europe.

  • Could Evernote Be Acquired? Founder & CEO Says No Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | 12:11 AM ET
    Apple's iPhone 3Gs

    Evernote, a U.S. mobile startup whose shareholders include NTT DoCoMo and Sequoia Capital, has no intention of being acquired and its owners have "no exit strategy", according to founder and CEO Phil Libin.

  • Dr. Marc Faber

    Forget Greece, which is an "insignificant" economy, it is China that's posing the biggest risk to the global economy, Marc Faber the editor and publisher of the Gloom, Boom and Doom report told CNBC on Friday.

  • ECB 'Only Game in Town' as Global Markets Tumble Friday, 18 May 2012 | 4:18 AM ET
    European Union Flag

    With stocks in Asia dropping to near their 2012 lows and investors fleeing risk assets on growing worries about Europe’s debt crisis, several market watchers say it’s time for Europe’s Central Bank to step up bond purchases and ease monetary policy further.

  • Japan in a ‘Sweet Spot’ as Growth Beats US, Europe Thursday, 17 May 2012 | 3:59 AM ET
    Ginza district in Tokyo, Japan

    Japan, the country synonymous with debt and deflation in recent years, posted the best growth rate among major industrialized nations in the first quarter and some analysts are predicting more upside for the economy from domestic demand.  

  • The selloff in emerging market currencies over recent months looks set to worsen, according to analysts, who point out India’s rupee, Indonesia’s rupiah, and to some extent, South Korea’s won could face the brunt of the pressure.

  • China's Stagnant Bank Lending Spooks Investors Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | 2:02 AM ET

    Chinese bank stocks fell on Thursday in Hong Kong after a report by Shanghai Securities News that new lending by China’s four biggest state-owned banks was flat in the first two weeks of May.

  • Investors are focusing on the wrong inflation numbers in China, says Hong Kong-based investment banker Sean Darby. While the consumer prices are widely considered the headline inflation gauge, the Chief Global Equity Strategist at Jefferies say producer prices give a clearer picture of the economy, and those are pointing to a "deflationary"environment.

  • Where Are the Investors? Turnover in Asia Plunges Monday, 14 May 2012 | 10:58 PM ET
    Hong Kong Stock Exchange

    Trading, measured by the turnover in Hong Kong and Singapore equities, fell in the first four months of the year on concerns over Europe’s debt crisis and as investors seek alternative investments to stocks after recent corporate scandals and the 2008 global financial crisis.

  • Why China's Slowdown Could Be Good for US, Europe Monday, 14 May 2012 | 2:48 AM ET
    Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center, in Shanghai.

    China’s economy may be on track to grow at its slowest pace in a decade, but there’s a silver lining to this: lower commodity and oil prices may actually benefit the U.S. and Europe, just when they most need it.

  • Aussie Bulls Not Giving Up Despite Currency Slide Thursday, 10 May 2012 | 11:43 PM ET

    The Australian dollar may be at a five-month low as China’s growth slowed and lower interest rates reduced the appeal of the currency, but Aussie bulls aren’t ready to throw in the towel just yet.

  • Hong Kong Stock Exchange

    Hong Kong, the hottest initial public offering (IPO) market in the world in 2011, has seen a precipitous slowdown in listings because of market uncertainty and low valuations.

  • Delivering on Surplus Promise Daunting Task for Australia Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | 12:42 AM ET
    Australian Flag

    The Australian government has promised to return the nation’s budget to a surplus of A$1.5 billion ($1.53 billion) as early as the next financial year, but a ratings agency, an analyst, and the opposition party told CNBC on Wednesday that it may not be easy for it to keep its word.

  • Euro coins

    The euro, which fell to its lowest level in more than three months on Monday after elections in France and Greece saw voters rejecting pro-bailout policies, is likely to drop further, say analysts, unless the new governments continue with austerity measures to reduce their debt burden.

  • Flooded containers in Klong Luang on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand.

    Hundreds died and businesses lost billion in last year's floods, caused in part by overflow from dams filled to hedge against drought. This year, Thailand is testing different prevention measures. The CSM reports.

  • Asia Growth Momentum Intact, No Stimulus Needed: ADB Tuesday, 10 Apr 2012 | 9:30 PM ET
    People walk on a busy street in Quiapo on October 28, 2011 in Manila, Philippines. The United Nations today released their 2011 State of the World Population Report, which indicates Asia is home to 60 per cent of the world's population. The Philippines has a young population, with 54 per cent of the population under 25.

    Developing Asia will maintain its growth momentum over the next couple of years despite weak global demand, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which forecasts growth to ease to 6.9 percent in 2012 from last year’s 7.2 percent before reaccelerating to 7.3 percent in 2013.

  • Earnings Optimism to Take Japan Markets Higher Sunday, 1 Apr 2012 | 7:00 PM ET
    Tokyo stock screens

    Japan’s stock market, one of the biggest laggards in Asia last year, logged its best first-quarter performance in over two decades, and investment strategists say optimism over corporate earnings will drive the country’s stocks even higher as supply chain constraints caused by the Thai floods ease.

  • Supporters of Presidential candidate Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono hold a poster showing their idol on June 27, 2004 during a large rally in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. Tens of thousands of Indonesian supporters came to the rally the last one in Jakarta before voters go to the polls on July 5.

    Indonesia's recent policy measures, like capping foreign ownership in mines, has not gone down well with investors and the policy uncertainty is going to continue, says one expert as Southeast Asia's largest economy prepares for elections in 2014.

  • China Offers Other Brics Renminbi Loans Wednesday, 7 Mar 2012 | 5:59 PM ET
    Figurines of manual workers pushing Chinese coins on push carts.

    China intends to extend renminbi loans to other Brics nations, in another step towards the internationalization of its currency. The FT reports.

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