• Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country's access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism. A U.S. cyber-retaliation against North Korea would risk a dangerous...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 19- China's yuan is plunging to fresh lows in December, declining 1.3 percent so far this month, heading toward its worst monthly performance since February and set to close the year down over 2 percent. "This is a dollar strength story and the CNY moves are market-driven," said Dominic Bunning, senior FX strategist at HSBC in Hong Kong.

  • Shanghai shares ease off 4-year intraday peak, HK gains Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:44 PM ET

    *Hong Kong positive on Fed "patient" stance on rates. BEIJING, Dec 19- Shanghai shares retreated from their highest intraday level in four years on Friday, while Hong Kong stocks rallied for a second day on positive global sentiment. China COSCO China Shipping Development, China Shipping Container Lines and China Merchants Energy Shipping jumped by their 10 pct...

  • *Asia shares buoyed as Wall St surges for second day. SYDNEY, Dec 19- Asian shares enjoyed their best day in 15 months on Friday, after Wall Street boasted its biggest two-day advance since late 2011 amid relief the Federal Reserve was in no rush to withdraw stimulus from the U.S. economy. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan put on 1.5 percent,...

  • *Shanghai copper reverses early losses to follow LME up. SYDNEY, Dec 19- Copper futures edged higher on Friday as oil prices rose and on worries over a possible supply disruption in Africa. Barrick Gold Corp said on Thursday it would suspend operations at its Lumwana copper mine in Zambia if legislation is passed to lift royalties on open-pit mining operations to...

  • Better days for Macau gaming sector ahead?  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 10:24 PM ET

    Macau will see less risk of profit declines in 2015 as mass market revenue could see an uptick, says Grant Govertsen, Principal, Analyst, Union Gaming Group.

  • SYDNEY, Dec 19- London copper futures inched up in early trade on Friday as oil prices climbed, while Shanghai futures dipped on gloomy Chinese housing data. *The most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange slipped 0.44 percent to 4,5340 yuan a tonne. *China's top refined lead producer Henan Yuguang Lead and Gold Ltd has cut its output by up to 30...

  • China pledges to speed entry of US pharmaceuticals Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:57 PM ET

    CHICAGO— China promised Thursday to speed up imports of pharmaceuticals and medical devices from the United States and enforce its anti-monopoly laws equally among Chinese and foreign companies. An assistant minister of commerce, Zhang Xiangchen, told reporters China would work to streamline the review and approval process for U.S. products in the...

  • Gloomy days ahead for Macau gaming shares  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:34 PM ET

    Jon Oh, Research Analyst for Gaming and Lodging at CLSA, expects shares of casino operators to underperform for the next 1-2 quarters as Macau goes through a painful transition.

  • Is it time to pick up Macau gaming stocks?  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:24 PM ET

    Valuations of gaming plays such as Melco Crown look interesting, but it could be a "valuation trap" amid falling casino revenues in Macau, says Tim Seymour, CIO at Triogem Asset Management.

  • Cramer Remix: The most exciting stock I've seen Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 6:55 PM ET
    Jim Cramer on Mad Money.

    Is this breakout story on your radar? "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer is about to put it there.

  • US-China trade talks in good momentum: Pro  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 6:36 PM ET

    John Frisbie, President of U.S.-China Business Council, says trade talks between the two superpowers for the past week have been "good and inclusive."

  • Cramer’s perfect recipe for a Santa Claus rally Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 6:13 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Jim Cramer is seeing some good signs in the economy right now. Could they be the perfect ingredients for a Santa Claus rally?

  • Dec 18- Chinese government approval for imports of a controversial type of Syngenta AG biotech corn increases the likelihood the seed maker will pay legal settlements, said some lawyers for U.S. farmers and exporters suing for damages from grain shipments rejected by Beijing. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, ends uncertainty about Agrisure Viptera...

  • China crackdown is 'healthy' for Macau casinos: Pro  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 5:48 PM ET

    Beijing reportedly plans to restrict illegal money transfers from China to Macau, as part of its anti-graft drive. Jonathan Galaviz, Partner at Global Market Advisors, says the clean-up will benefit Macau's long term health.

  • Chinese pollution, American profits Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:43 PM ET
    A man wearing a 3M mask in Beijing

    China's severe pollution problems have been a boon to at least one big American company.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 18- The United States said on Thursday a cyber attack on Sony Pictures was a serious national security matter and the Obama administration was considering a proportional response, although the White House stopped short of blaming North Korea. A U.S. government official said on Thursday that U.S. investigators were looking into the possibility...

  • Moving target: How China steel data masks scale of glut Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    SINGAPORE/ BEIJING, Dec 19- China appears to have been routinely underestimating output from its sprawling steel sector, with official figures for last year alone 40 million tonnes below a key industry estimate- an amount equivalent to Germany's entire annual production. "It is not satisfactory to have doubts about the accuracy of steel production statistics,...

  • Commodities tomorrow: Gas less than $2.50  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. Crude was down on the day, but the market was up. Way up. Traders are looking for oil to dip into the $40s soon.

  • Can China save Russia?  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:29 PM ET

    CNBC's Eunice Yoon reports on the relationship between Russia and China.