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  • 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.

  • Remember Cars? Sales Show Their "Death" Premature Friday, 2 May 2008 | 11:09 AM ET

    After years of lamenting the "death of the car" and the rise of the SUV and CUV, fans of the sedan are finally seeing things turn their way. Last month, for the first time in roughly 20 years, cars outsold trucks (Pick-ups, SUVs, CUVs and minivans).

  • Asian Markets Rally, Japan and Australia Gain 2% Friday, 2 May 2008 | 5:20 AM ET
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    Asian markets were sharply higher Friday after better-than-expected economic data, a rebound in the U.S. dollar and falling oil prices and triggered a rally on Wall Street. Both Japan and Australia closed 2 percent higher.

  • Japan, Australia Close Lower in Quiet Trading Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 8:19 PM ET
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    The Japanese and Australian markets closed lower in the afternoon session Thursday. Trading was quiet with most markets in the region closed for the Labour Day holiday.

  • Asian Markets Lower, But China Jumps 4.8% Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 5:51 AM ET
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    Most Asian markets closed lower Wednesday ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve rate decision later in the session. Japan finished slightly lower, but Shanghai was the stand out performer, up almost 5 percent.

  • Lackluster Session for Asia, Fed in Focus Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 5:27 AM ET

    Asian markets were lackluster on Tuesday following a flat finish in the U.S. stock market. But Greater China shares remained firm on the back of positive corporate earnings. Most investors were sidelined and cautious ahead of the Federal Reserve's two-day meeting.

  • Japan's SMFG Cuts 2007/08 Profit on Stock Losses Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 5:32 AM ET

    Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Japan's third-largest bank, said it would fall about 20 percent short of its earnings estimate for the year that ended in March, hurt by losses on its stock holdings and higher provisions for bad loans.

  • Matsushita Fourth-Quarter Profit Rises 15% Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 5:29 AM ET

    Panasonic maker Matsushita posted on Monday a 15 percent rise in quarterly operating profit thanks to brisk sales of flat TVs, and forecast a larger-than-expected gain this year, with its mobile phones and DVD recorders also selling well.