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  • Asian Markets Rally Led by Financials, Tech Stocks Thursday, 17 Apr 2008 | 5:08 AM ET

    Asian stock indexes made firm gains Thursday, with the exception of the Shanghai Composite Index, boosted by financial and technology stocks with Japan, South Korea and Australia all closing stronger.

  • Surging Oil, Intel Outlook Lifts Asian Markets Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 5:10 AM ET

    Asian markets moved forward Wednesday, with high-tech exporters buoyed by a reassuring outlook from industry leader Intel and energy shares underpinned by record high oil prices. Japan and Australia both closed over 1 percent higher

  • Earnings, Commodities Tug at Markets, Japan Ends Up Tuesday, 15 Apr 2008 | 5:15 AM ET

    Asian markets wavered between losses and gains Tuesday, but closed broadly higher, as oil and gold prices gained. The U.S. dollar struggled to attract buyers due to signs of a weak earnings season for banks, which could expose yet more subprime losses and punish stocks worldwide.

  • US Recession Fears Sink Asia, Japan Sheds 3% Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | 5:10 AM ET
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    Asian markets dropped sharply Monday as a nasty earnings surprise from General Electric and a 26-year low in U.S. consumer sentiment drowned out the Group of Seven nation's support for the U.S. dollar.  Japan shed 3% while China was down over 5%.

  • When I heard that Toyota is finally getting into the sports car business two thoughts jumped into my head. First: it's about time. Second: those who accuse me of fawning all over the Japanese automaker will have a field day.

  • Tech Stocks Lift Markets, Japan Gains Almost 3% Friday, 11 Apr 2008 | 6:20 AM ET
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    Asian stocks rose Friday, with Japan's Nikkei closing almost 3 percent higher, led by chipmakers on expectations a slump in the sector may soon end, while oil prices retreated after testing a record high above $112 a barrel.

  • Japan Wholesale Inflation Hits 27-Year High Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 10:29 PM ET
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    Japanese annual wholesale inflation hit a 27-year high in March, squeezing businesses as they struggle to pass on higher prices for fuel and other raw materials to their customers.

  • Japan's Takeda to Buy Millennium Pharma Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 6:25 AM ET

    Takeda Pharmaceutical said it would buy U.S. firm Millennium Pharmaceuticals for $8.8 billion to boost its cancer drug business, in the biggest overseas acquisition by a Japanese drug maker.

  • Asian Stocks End Mixed, Economy Fears Remain Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 6:21 AM ET

    Asian markets closed mixed Thursday while the U.S. dollar remained weak on concerns about the impact of a credit crisis on the global economy and as record oil prices fuel inflation worries.

  • Japan Machinery Orders Fall, BOJ Seen to Sit Still Wednesday, 9 Apr 2008 | 10:03 PM ET
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    Japan's core machinery orders fell 12.7 percent in February after an unusually strong previous month, in an expected decline that is unlikely to alter the view that the Bank of Japan will sit tight on interest rates for now.

  • Asian Markets Fall, Global Economic Fears Linger Wednesday, 9 Apr 2008 | 5:24 AM ET

    Asian markets took a turn into negative territory while the U.S. dollar stayed weak Wednesday as worries resurfaced about the economy and a global financial crisis.  Japan closed 1.1% lower.

  • BOJ Keeps Rates Steady, Shirakawa Confirmed as Chief Tuesday, 8 Apr 2008 | 10:03 PM ET

    The Bank of Japan left its interest rate target unchanged at 0.5 percent on Wednesday, as expected, in a unanimous vote.

  • Asian Markets Slump, Japan Loses 1.5% Tuesday, 8 Apr 2008 | 4:57 AM ET

    Most Asian markets sagged Tuesday, led by financials as news of a possible capital injection at Washington Mutual failed to eliminate concerns about more bank writedowns.

  • Asian Markets Rise, But Financials Ease Monday, 7 Apr 2008 | 5:27 AM ET

    Asian markets rose Monday, with resource companies benefiting from stronger metals and oil prices, while the dollar rose, shrugging off worse-than-expected U.S. job losses. But concerns about the impact of the credit crisis on the financial system lingered, driving banking shares lower. Japan closed over 1 percent higher.

  • Japan Picks Shirakawa to Head Bank of Japan Monday, 7 Apr 2008 | 1:22 AM ET

    Japan's government put forward acting central bank governor Masaaki Shirakawa on Monday to head the Bank of Japan permanently, finally finding a candidate the veto-wielding opposition is likely to back after weeks of deadlock.

  • OECD Maintains Japan 1.6% Growth for 2008 Monday, 7 Apr 2008 | 12:55 AM ET
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    The OECD stuck with a growth forecast for Japan this year of 1.6 percent, in a report issued on Monday, and repeated that the Bank of Japan should not raise interest rates until inflation is firmly on the rise

  • Asian Markets End Mixed Ahead of US Job Data Friday, 4 Apr 2008 | 5:43 AM ET

    Asian markets closed near one-month highs Friday, with investors trading cautiously ahead of U.S. jobs report that is expected to raise fresh concerns that the economy is closer to a recession. Japan finished lower, but South Korea and Australia closed almost unchanged.

  • Japan May Keep Shirakawa as BOJ Governor Thursday, 3 Apr 2008 | 9:31 PM ET

    Japan's government may nominate acting central bank governor Masaaki Shirakawa as permanent head of the bank, hoping that a candidate already approved by parliament will not be vetoed by opposition lawmakers, the Nikkei newspaper said on Friday.

  • Resource Stocks Lift Asian Markets Higher Thursday, 3 Apr 2008 | 5:16 AM ET

    Asian stocks rose to their highest in a month Thursday as a rally in gold and oil lifted resource shares. Japan and Australia both finished over 1% higher.

  • Japan Closes Up 4%, Markets Hope Worst is Over Wednesday, 2 Apr 2008 | 5:11 AM ET

    Markets surged Wednesday after a Lehman Brothers securities offering in the U.S. met strong demand, raising hopes in Asia that the worst of the credit crisis might be over. Japan closed over 4% higher, while Australia and South Korea both added 2%.