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  • Bank of Japan Keeps Rates Steady in Uncertain Times Monday, 19 May 2008 | 11:26 PM ET
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    The Bank of Japan left interest rates unchanged at 0.5 percent on Tuesday, as expected, opting to take more time to determine when the fog will clear from the economy -- both in Japan and around the world.

  • Asian Markets Advance, Japan Hits 4-Month High Monday, 19 May 2008 | 5:20 AM ET
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    Asian markets hit a new four-month high Monday as a relentless rise in oil prices bolstered resource shares, but wariness about inflation and doubts about the U.S. economy kept gains in check.

  • Markets See Cautious Rise But Japan Ends Lower Friday, 16 May 2008 | 5:52 AM ET
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    Asian stocks rose cautiously Friday with markets modestly higher with Australia finishing just below the 6,000 level. But Japan closed in negative territory on profit-taking after spending most of the session in the black.

  • Japan's Economy Grows 0.8% on Consumption, Exports Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 10:16 PM ET
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    Japan's economic growth unexpectedly picked up pace in the first quarter thanks to firm exports and consumption, allaying fears that deepening global financial market problems may take a toll on the world's second-largest economy.

  • Tata's 100 Miles Per Gallon Bet Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 10:23 AM ET
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    Here's one for those of you who think auto manufacturers should be trying to build cars that get 100 mpg (and yes, there are a lot of you out there based on the e-mails I get from you). Tata Motors is the first mass-market automaker to enter the automotive X Prize competition...

  • Asian Markets Rally as US Inflation Fears Ease Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 5:09 AM ET
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    Asian markets ended mostly higher Thursday after investors welcomed benign U.S. consumer data which eased inflation fears. South Korea led the advanced finishing over 2 percent higher.

  • Japan Machinery Orders Slide, Clouding Outlook Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 11:37 PM ET
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    Japan's core private-sector machinery orders, a key gauge of corporate capital spending, slid to their lowest in almost three years in March, with manufacturers predicting more declines ahead, adding to worries that flagging capital spending will stymie growth.

  • Asian Markets End Mostly Higher, Financials Slip Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 6:07 AM ET

    Asian markets turned mostly higher after a lackluster start Wednesday. Both Japan and Australia closed the session 1 percent higher.

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    The future of mass market quantities of electric cars is getting a big push today from one on the more "electric" leaders in the auto industry. Nissan/Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn is expected to announce his company plans to sell its first electric cars in the U.S. by 2010--according to the New York Times.

  • Asian Markets Mostly Higher, Quake Weighs on China Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 5:51 AM ET

    Asian markets were mostly higher Tuesday with Tokyo and Seoul both gaining over 1%.  But Chinese markets were weighed down by uncertainty following a devastating earthquake in Sichuan.

  • Strong Dollar Lifts Asian Markets, Japan Ends Higher Monday, 12 May 2008 | 5:23 AM ET

    Asian markets closed mostly higher Monday, as a stronger U.S. dollar cheered investors and lifted exporters. Both Australia and Japan closed up with Australia gaining almost 1 percent.

  • Surging Oil Prices Weigh on Asian Markets Friday, 9 May 2008 | 5:19 AM ET
    Investors study shares prices during the morning trading at RHB private stock market gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Friday, Feb.3, 2006. Malaysia's key stock index rose Friday to a 15-week high as foreign funds plowed into key bluechips after a long holiday. The Composite Index of 100 blue chip stocks ended at 927.85 points, up 13.84 points or 1.5 percent from last Friday's close. (AP Photo) **MALAYSIA OUT**

    Oil's relentless surge to a new peak above $124 weighed on Asian shares Friday, while a stronger yen pressured Japanese exporters, such as Toyota Motor.

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    The news out of Tokyo should not come as a surprise. Toyota, running neck and neck with GM to become the world's largest automaker, is running a little slower. The first quarter earnings make sense given the auto market slowing down in the U.S. and Toyota finding fewer markets and segments to enter.

  • Wii Makes Yamauchi Japan's Richest: Forbes Thursday, 8 May 2008 | 6:56 AM ET
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    Soaring sales of Nintendo's Wii game machine have made former Nintendo chairman Hiroshi Yamauchi Japan's richest man, worth $7.8 billion, Forbes magazine said in its annual rankings.

  • Asian Stocks Pressured by Surging Oil Prices Thursday, 8 May 2008 | 5:10 AM ET
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    Oil's relentless push to yet another record high pressured Asian shares across the board Thursday, raising fears that inflation -- and central bank measures to cool it -- would hurt consumer spending and profits.

  • Softbank Quarterly Profit Falls 13 Percent Thursday, 8 May 2008 | 4:53 AM ET

    Japanese telecoms and Internet group Softbank posted a worse-than-expected 13 percent fall in quarterly operating profit on Thursday, as its marketing costs ballooned on efforts to win new subscribers.

  • Chevy Malibu: A Good (Selling) Car For Tough Times Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | 10:50 AM ET
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    There's an old adage in the car business that even in tough times, good cars will still sell. That might explain why certain models continue to fly off dealer lots and even sell at a higher price, even though the overall auto market is down. Perhaps the most interesting example is the new Chevy Malibu.

  • Asian Stocks End Mixed, Oil Keeps Resources Firm Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | 5:12 AM ET
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    Asian stocks were mixed Wednesday with some markets reversing earlier advances. Resource firms, helped by record high oil prices and rising metal prices managed to hang on to their gains.

  • Asian markets were mostly weaker Tuesday after surging oil prices and worries that Bank of America would scrap a deal to buy mortgage firm Countrywide Financial hurt Wall Street.

  • Asian Markets Rise on Upbeat US Jobs Data Monday, 5 May 2008 | 5:05 AM ET
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    Asian stocks were higher Monday, after upbeat U.S. jobs data buoyed Wall Street Friday, with stronger oil and metal prices lifting resource firms. Volumes were thin with both the Japanese and South Korean markets closed for national holidays.