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Asia Markets

  • Faith Fades in Euro Zone Firewall Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 2:49 AM ET
    European Union Flag

    Fears that the euro zone’s firewall will prove insufficient to shield Spain and other embattled countries against the effects of a possible disorderly Greek exit from the currency union hit European financial markets on Monday.

  • Euro Zone Worries Seen Weighing on China Stocks Monday, 14 May 2012 | 10:17 AM ET
    Shanghai stock exchange

    China stocks may consolidate on Tuesday in the wake of European market losses.

  • China Stocks May Rebound on Cut in Bank Reserves Sunday, 13 May 2012 | 10:33 AM ET
    An investor watches the electronic board at a stock exchange hall in Huaibei, China.

    China stocks may open higher on Monday, after the People's Bank of China announced Saturday a 50-basis point cut in the banks' reserve requirement ratio (RRR).

  • Euro Fall Would Raise Stakes for China, US Saturday, 12 May 2012 | 5:37 PM ET

    The situation in the euro zone has become so bleak that it is giving rise  to rumors the euro will be tied to the dollar at close to parity, a dramatic fall, which would have severe implications for the US and China. The Financial Times reports.

  • Probe May Delay Facebook Instagram Deal Thursday, 10 May 2012 | 3:20 PM ET
    Facebook, Instagram

    A competition probe into Facebook’s $1 billion acquisition of Instagram threatens to postpone the closure of the deal beyond the second quarter, the target set by the company in its initial public offering documents.

  • Chinese Stocks May Rebound on Stimulus Hopes Thursday, 10 May 2012 | 10:45 AM ET
    An investor watches the electronic board at a stock exchange hall in Huaibei, China.

    China stocks may rebound on Friday, as hopes build that weaker-than-expected data will prompt more pro-growth measures from Beijing.

  • Fear Miners Set to Fall Off 'Supercycle' Thursday, 10 May 2012 | 6:44 AM ET

    For a decade, life has been kind to miners. Perhaps more than any other, the mining industry has ridden the Chinese boom – or “supercycle” – in commodity prices, the Financial Times reports.

  • Questions Raised Over Bankia Creation Thursday, 10 May 2012 | 4:32 AM ET
    Spain

    As shares in Bankia slid further away from their listing price on Wednesday, questions were being asked about the wisdom of having created and floated the Spanish lender in the first place.

  • Hugh Hendry: Beware 'Monoculture' of Fund Returns Thursday, 10 May 2012 | 6:29 AM ET
    NY Stock Exchange Traders

    The ongoing economic climate has resulted in hedge fund managers adopting such similar approaches to investment that if the economy turns unexpectedly against investment strategies held by the majority, most hedge funds will end up taking bit hits, prominent hedge fund manager Hugh Hendry wrote in an op-ed in the Financial Times on Thursday.

  • China Automaker, Defense Stocks May Get a Boost Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | 10:13 AM ET
    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.

    China stocks may stabilize on Thursday after sharp losses a day earlier, with automaker and defense stocks in focus.

  • Supporters of Alexis Tsipras, the head of Syriza, celebrate outside the political party's election tent after beating the Pasok party in the parliamentary elections in Athens, Greece, on Sunday, May 6, 2012.

    Ask senior EU officials whether enough has been done to stem the two-year-old euro zone debt crisis, and many point to the number of new rules and institutions they argue would have been unthinkable before the upheaval.  The FT reports.

  • What Hollande Must Tell Germany Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | 4:43 AM ET
    European Union Flag

    The elections in France and Greece tell us that austerity fatigue has set in. This is not surprising. For many countries no plausible exit exists from depression, deflation and despair.  The FT reports.

  • Cash-Rich Republicans Prepare to Attack  Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | 2:24 AM ET

    In the final weeks of the 2010 US midterm elections, Steven Law began to single out vulnerable Democrats in Congress from the Washington headquarters of American Crossroads, the Republican campaign group. The FT reports.

  • Case Study: How Taxes Keep Swedes in Empty Nests Tuesday, 8 May 2012 | 4:45 PM ET
    Stockholm

    Real estate prices dipped this year because of reduced mortgage availability and market inertia caused by heavy regulation.

  • China Markets May Firm Amid Rumors of Fuel Price Cut Tuesday, 8 May 2012 | 10:04 AM ET

    China stocks may consolidate further on Wednesday before a decisive breakthrough. The Shanghai Composite closed 0.13 percent lower on Tuesday at 2448.88 on weakness in financials, turnover was lighter than Monday.

  • Ships Slow Down to Save Fuel in Pirate Waters Tuesday, 8 May 2012 | 2:17 AM ET
    Aerial of iron ore ships at Port Hedland.

    Violent confrontations between Somali pirates and merchant ships’ armed guards could become more common as some shipping companies have reduced ship speeds through the highest-risk area to save on fuel, maritime experts have warned.

  • Allowing high-frequency computer traders into the stock market is like letting “rats in the granary,” Warren Buffett’s right-hand man said in an exclusive CNBC interview.

  • Boomer Retirements Drive Down Jobless Rate Monday, 7 May 2012 | 11:29 AM ET
    Retirement

    An analysis by two economists shows growing Baby Boomer retirements were behind most of the decline in the labor force — those employed and looking for work, USA Today reports.

  • Britain to Bolster Investors’ Say on Pay Monday, 7 May 2012 | 1:46 AM ET

    Plans to give shareholders more power over boardroom pay will be given centre stage in the Queen’s Speech, as highly paid executives face another week of lambasting from shareholders, the Financial Times reports.

  • King Admits Failing to ‘Shout’ About Risk Thursday, 3 May 2012 | 3:32 AM ET
    Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King

    Repairing the economy and regulating banks is “the biggest challenge the Bank [of England] has faced for decades,” Sir Mervyn King said on Wednesday in a speech in which he conceded for the first time he should have “shouted from the rooftops” about risks before the financial crisis.