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  • Is China Punishing Rio Tinto For Deal With BHP? Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 6:11 PM ET
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    China’s growing appetite for steel and iron ore may be generating some intense scrutiny. Four employees of Rio Tinto have been detained in Shanghai.

  • Farrell: Now, Now, Children Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 12:10 PM ET
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    Well, the Administration can't say "give it time to work" and have some others say "we need another one before this one has had time to do its thing." Talk about creating a box needlessly. And don't you find it curious that the meat of the Stimulus package, the shovel-ready job-creation part of the deal, is due to hit just about in time for the midterm elections?

  • Nikkei, Oil Hit Six-Week Lows on Recovery Worries Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 5:26 AM ET

    Japan's Nikkei 225 Average and oil prices hit six-week lows Wednesday as investors pulled funds out of bets on the global economy's recovery and favored safe havens, such as the U.S. dollar and government bonds.

  • Staggering Budget Gap and a Reluctance to Fill It Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 3:53 AM ET
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    No one argues that the staggering deficits run up by the American government in a bid to rescue the economy are desirable, healthy or even sustainable — not if the national debt continues to swell at its current pace. But considerable debate centers on when and how vigorously to start easing off Washington’s borrowing habit, with substantial risks at both extremes, the New York Times reported.

  • Asian Markets Struggle to Hold Ground Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 5:24 AM ET

    Asian markets were mixed Tuesday as stocks struggled after a slide the previous day, while the yen held gains against higher-yielding currencies as investors doubt the speed of the global economy's recovery.

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    The Chinese investor who donated $2.1 million dollars for lunch in late June with Warren Buffett says his "tip from a friend" was not designed to influence the stock price of a relatively little known retailer in China.

  • Asian Markets Are Cautious Ahead of G8 Meeting Monday, 6 Jul 2009 | 5:11 AM ET

    Asian markets got off to a hesitant start Monday as investor doubts on the staying power of a global recovery kept Asian stocks soggy and currencies subdued ahead of a much-expanded Group of Eight meeting this week.

  • Asian Markets Are Weaker on Dismal US Jobs Report Friday, 3 Jul 2009 | 5:50 AM ET

    Asian markets retreated Friday and the greenback edged up after a disappointingly big drop in U.S. employment prompted investors to pull back from commodities, resource-linked shares and higher-yielding currencies.

  • Asian Markets Struggle to Hold Their Ground Thursday, 2 Jul 2009 | 5:16 AM ET

    Asian stocks struggled Thursday ahead of the latest U.S. payrolls report, while the U.S. dollar remained near a three-week low against the euro, sensitive to lingering doubts about its reserve status.

  • Trading the Globe: China Wednesday, 1 Jul 2009 | 5:54 PM ET

    China’s stock market closed at its highest levels in about a year on hopes that the downturn has ended.

  • Halftime Report: Setting Up For A Strong Second Half? Wednesday, 1 Jul 2009 | 1:21 PM ET

    The second half of 2009 kicked off with a bang with both the Dow and S&P trading higher after reports showed manufacturing began improving, albeit modestly.

  • Asian Markets Struggle, Data Shows Tough Going Wednesday, 1 Jul 2009 | 5:19 AM ET

    Asian markets struggled to gain ground Wednesday as economic data showed the process of turnaround to recovery was likely to be a slow grind, and the greenback capitalized on that more cautious sentiment.

  • Commodities Update: Corn Falls 8%, China Halts Chicken Tuesday, 30 Jun 2009 | 3:05 PM ET
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    Corn prices plummeted Tuesday as farmers reported larger-than-expected crops this year, easing some fears of rising food costs. Concurrently, Beijing has announced that China will bar imports of U.S. poultry.

  • Farrell: Just How Confident Can We Be? Tuesday, 30 Jun 2009 | 11:17 AM ET

    The recovery in general is spotty. I believe it is underway, but "less-bad" news is losing its ability to inspire stock-buyers. The recession is over, in my mind, but the nature of the recovery is still to be determined.

  • Asian Stocks Gain as Risk-Taking Rises Tuesday, 30 Jun 2009 | 6:33 AM ET

    Asian markets and the Australian dollar rose Tuesday — the last day of the second quarter —as investors kept adding to bets global economic activity is rebounding, having driven Chinese shares to the highest in a year.

  • Asian Markets Slide in Choppy Trade, Dollar Rises Monday, 29 Jun 2009 | 5:27 AM ET

    Asian markets were mostly lower Monday with many investors stuck to the sidelines as the second quarter winds down. The U.S. dollar recovered from a slide on worries about the push by major emerging countries for a reserve currency alternative.

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    Bidding for next year's charity lunch with Warren Buffett has accelerated as the auction goes into its final day.   The high bid stands at $456,789 with less than 10 hours remaining until the eBay auction closes at 10p ET tonight (Friday.)  There's still a long way to go, however, to top last year's record $2.1 million tab.

  • Busch: The Great Inflation Experiment Friday, 26 Jun 2009 | 10:55 AM ET
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    It appears that almost every nation's central bank is engaged in supplying emergency funds or funding to their respective financial systems to stabilize the economy. It appears that almost every nation is engaged in re-regulating their economic and financial systems. It appears that every nation has enacted a stimulus program of tax cuts and government deficit spending.

  • Asian Markets Rise as Confidence Mends Friday, 26 Jun 2009 | 5:06 AM ET

    Asian markets rose unevenly across the region Friday, as higher oil and metals prices boosted resource stocks, while the dollar fell as investors, growing slightly more confident, gingerly shifted some funds back into riskier assets.

  • Pros Say: Consumer Weakness Will Slow Recovery Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | 3:46 PM ET

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke testified in front of a House Committee Thursday that he did not put pressure on Bank of America to close the takeover of Merrill Lynch. Unemployment numbers released are showing a weak job market and GDP growth is still in a decline. Read and watch what the pros say...