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  • Why Asia’s Retail Investors Are Ditching the Market Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 | 9:35 PM ET
    A Chinese investor monitors screens showing stock indexes at a trading house in Shanghai on June 1, 2010.

    A 30-year-old trader at a Hong Kong-based hedge fund has slashed  his holdings in equities from 25 percent of personal savings to near zero over the past one year, making him one of many individual investors in Asia who have been pushed to the sidelines owing to extreme market volatility.  

  • Jim Rogers Hits Out at Hendry, Edwards on China Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012 | 4:13 AM ET
    Jim Rogers

    China’s economic resilience is under the spot light following a slowdown in growth rates in recent months. The big question facing investors in China and the global economy is can the world’s second biggest economy avoid a hard landing.

  • China Manufacturing Bounce Doesn’t Rule Out Stimulus Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012 | 12:55 AM ET
    Labors work at a clothing factory on August 1, 2011 in Huaibei, Anhui Province of China.

    While a key private sector indicator shows Chinese factory activity picked up in July, experts tell CNBC economic conditions in the mainland still remain fragile and expect policymakers to provide further stimulus in the coming months.

  • Why Further Easing May Not Save Commodities Monday, 23 Jul 2012 | 11:02 PM ET

    Commodities bulls betting on further easing from major central banks to revive sagging prices may be setting themselves up for disappointment.

  • Open cast mining for iron ore.

    Investors will be looking to China’s second-quarter GDP growth data for a hint on commodity demand for the rest of the year, but one market watcher says he expects more bad news for natural resources no matter which way the economy turns.

  • Bearish Investors Underpricing China Assets: Pros Monday, 23 Jul 2012 | 3:55 AM ET

    China’s economy grew at its slowest pace in three years in the second quarter of the year, but some experts say fears over China’s growth are overblown and investors are underestimating the value of Chinese equities and currency.

  • Is it Time to Long Spanish Bonds? Monday, 23 Jul 2012 | 3:33 AM ET
    Spain

    Record high prices of corn and soybean brought on by the worst U.S. drought in 56 years may be triggering a sense of de ja vu for Asia concerned about a repeat of the food scare in 2008, but most economists are downplaying those fears, for now.

  • China’s GDP grew at its slowest pace in three years in the second quarter, but other less-cited indicators are already signaling that the world’s second-largest economy may be starting to turn around.

  • Will Asia See a Repeat of the 2008 Food Scare? Friday, 20 Jul 2012 | 3:32 AM ET

    Record high prices of corn and soybean brought on by the worst U.S. drought in 56 years may be triggering a sense of de ja vu for Asia concerned about a repeat of the food scare in 2008, but most economists are downplaying those fears, for now.

  • China Food Firms Brace for Margins Hit From US Drought Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 | 4:42 AM ET

    The worst drought in U.S. history is hurting food companies in China and margins are likely to suffer in the second half of the year, even as firms battle rising wages, analysts tell CNBC.

  • A nurse carries a baby born exactly when the national census commission's population clock clicked over one billion at 12:32 pm (0702 GMT) to place it among other babies, all born 11 May 2000 in a city hospital in Calcutta. India saw the birth of its billionth citizen, chosen from a hospital in New Delhi, amid growing poverty and homelessness.

    Even as the proverbial battle of supremacy between emerging economic giants China and India continues to polarize views, it seems the South Asian nation may have an edge when it comes to demography.

  • Apartments in China

    China is unlikely to introduce fresh measures to cool the real estate market even as home prices snapped eight straight months of decline in June and amid fresh rhetoric from the country's leader vowing to prevent a rebound in prices.

  • Mining Stocks Primed for a Comeback as Prices Recover Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 | 10:55 PM ET

    Shares of mining giants may have slumped this year on falling demand from China and as investors shun assets but they may be due for a bounce. 

  • As economies of the United States and Europe sputter and investors shun equities because of their volatility, Asian sovereign bonds are increasingly gaining favor as an alternative safe haven.

  • A deteriorating global economy is hurting sentiment among Australian financial executives, bringing optimism to the lowest levels since 2009, a new survey shows.

  • Why China's Growth Data Failed to Spur Rally in Stocks Friday, 13 Jul 2012 | 12:32 AM ET

    News that growth in China has continued to hold up brought relief to Asian markets, but stocks failed to rally as hopes for more aggressive stimulus by Chinese policymakers to bolster the world's second largest economy faded.

  • PTT Exploration and Production, the subsidiary of PTT, may be still holding out its bid for Mozambique-focused oil and gas explorer Cove Energy, but one analyst says the acquisition is a bad idea for the Thai oil company because it would hurt its balance sheet.

  • Is India Ready to Push the Reset Button on Reforms? Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 12:58 AM ET
    India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

    India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, credited with turning around the economy in the 1990s, is once again fully in charge of economic policy and experts say there is growing urgency to deal with the deteriorating economy.

  • Slowdown, So What? Chinese Consumers Remain Upbeat Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | 3:12 AM ET

    Despite recent data suggesting that China’s economy is cooling faster than economists expected, one analyst says consumer sentiment in the world’s second biggest economy remains strong, which will in turn boost domestic industrial and consumer stocks.

  • Import growth in the world’s second largest economy decelerated sharply in June, but economists tell CNBC that the slowdown is temporary and forecast a pick-up by the fourth quarter driven by recent policy easing.

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