• 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.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 18- The United States said on Thursday a cyber attack on Sony Pictures blamed on North Korea was a serious national security matter and the Obama administration was considering a proportional response. Hackers who said they were incensed by a film on the fictional assassination of North Korea's leader attacked Sony Corp last month, leaking...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 18- The United States was considering possible options on Thursday in response to a major cyber attack on Sony Pictures blamed on North Korea, amid calls for tougher sanctions on Pyongyang to cut it off from the global banking system. Hackers who said they were incensed by a film on the fictional assassination of North Korea's leader attacked...

  • The LendingClub of China's $ trillion opportunity Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:54 AM ET
    Lending Club founder and CEO Renaud Laplanche rings a ceremonial bell to begin trading during the company's IPO on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Dec. 11, 2014.

    Dianrong, the LendingClub of China, is raising money from Tiger Global and other investors to modernize the Chinese financial system.

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 18- In Blagoveshchensk on Russia's side of the Chinese border, Mou Jiani has turned her home into a warehouse, stocking up on Apple Inc iPhones, handbags and milk powder to sell back home as Chinese shoppers take advantage of the rouble's slide. Chinese workers and overseas students in Russia have been snapping up goods at low prices caused by the...

  • Avon Products settles bribery charges for $135M Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:33 AM ET

    Avon will pay $135 million to settle charges after its China unit pleaded guilty to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act with bribes.

  • HONG KONG, Dec 18- As Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Macau this weekend for his first official visit in five years, the message from Beijing is clear: the world's biggest gambling centre cannot remain a one-industry town. China extended a crackdown on illicit money transfers into Macau, giving its Economic Crimes Investigation Bureau access to...

  • 'Interview' ordeal at Sony just its latest crisis Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 6:36 AM ET

    Sony Corp. is sealed within a hermetic cone of silence as executives try to prevent the slow motion train wreck at Sony Pictures from damaging the rest of the sprawling business empire. Sony's miseries with its television and smartphone businesses were bad enough. For now, Sony's damage control strategy in Japan appears to be waiting out the crisis in silence.

  • *China allows imports of Syngenta corn MIR 162. BEIJING/ CHICAGO, Dec 18- China has approved the import of a genetically modified corn strain it blocked last year, causing market turmoil, and has given clearance to biotech soybeans that had been waiting years for clearance, in a sign of improving relations with the United States. Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack...