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  • Asian Markets Finish Lower on US Recession Fears Friday, 22 Feb 2008 | 5:31 AM ET

    Asian markets closed lower Friday, with investors spooked by fresh evidence that the U.S. economy is in recession. Japan and South Korea both closed 1 percent lower.

  • Asian Markets Rise on Hopes of Rate Cut Thursday, 21 Feb 2008 | 5:26 AM ET

    Most Asian markets made firm gains Thursday, as solid earnings and expectations of further U.S. interest rate cuts outweighed worries about inflation, even as oil hit a record high above $101 a barrel.

  • Asia Weak, Commodities Taking A "Break" Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | 10:29 AM ET

    Asia is weaker (Japan down over 3 percent). Some chatter about a unit of KR asking for restructuring of billions of dollars in short-term debt, reported overnight by the Wall Street Journal in Tokyo. Commodities--including energy, base and precious metals--taking a breather this morning.

  • Asian Stocks Sink on Renewed Credit Fears Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | 4:49 AM ET

    Asian markets closed sharply lower Wednesday with Japan losing over 3 percent lower and both Australia and South Korea ending around 2 percent down.

  • Chrysler's Road Ahead Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008 | 10:41 AM ET

    I hear it all the time from car buffs, Chrysler fans, and those who lament the struggles of the American automakers. It goes something like this: "Why is Chrysler cutting back here in the U.S. and looking to expand overseas?"

  • Banks, Exporters Lift Asian Markets Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008 | 5:06 AM ET

    Asian stocks ended mostly in the green Tuesday as investors, sought undervalued bank shares and exporters that could gain from a modestly stronger U.S. dollar. Japan, South Korea and Australia all closed stronger.

  • Asian Markets End Mixed, Hong Kong Falls Monday, 18 Feb 2008 | 5:26 AM ET

    Asian stocks closed mixed Monday, as investors shrugged off a rash of weak economic indicators to keep most markets afloat. Japan and South Korea closed just a touch higher, which the Hong Kong market fell.

  • Asian Stocks End Mixed, Japan Flat Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 5:40 AM ET

    Asian stocks ended the week with a mixed session Friday, but off their earlier lows. Japan closed almost flat despite making sharp losses in the morning.  South Korea finished just slightly lower.

  • BOJ Keeps Rate Steady as Expected, Fukui Awaited Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 12:37 AM ET

    The Bank of Japan left its policy rate target unchanged at 0.5 percent on Friday as uncertainty persists over the nation's economic outlook despite resilient growth figures for the last quarter of 2007.

  • Asian Markets Power Higher, Japan Adds 4% Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 5:14 AM ET

    Asian markets surged in the afternoon session, buoyed by a surprise increase in U.S. retail sales and unexpectedly strong growth figures for the Japanese economy. Both Tokyo and Seoul closed over 4 percent higher.

  • Asian Markets End Mixed After Buffet Rally Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | 5:24 AM ET

    Asian markets received an early boost after billionaire investor Warren Buffett made an offer to take on $800 billion of U.S. municipal bond risk. But many of the Asian indexes gave back earlier gains to close mixed. Indian and Hong Kong stocks closed firmly higher, while China and Australia fell.

  • Japan Wholesale Inflation Hits 27-year High Tuesday, 12 Feb 2008 | 11:04 PM ET

    Japanese annual wholesale inflation hit a 27-year high of 3 percent in January due to rising oil and other raw material costs, but the Bank of Japan is likely to sit tight on rates in the face of cost-push inflation and slowing global growth.

  • Asian Markets Mixed, Insurers Fall on AIG Tuesday, 12 Feb 2008 | 5:20 AM ET

    Asian markets were slightly higher on Tuesday driven by a rebound in the U.S., but financials remained fragile after American International Group raised fears it would become the latest casualty of the credit crisis.

  • Earnings Forecasts (Reliability) Worry Traders Monday, 11 Feb 2008 | 9:11 AM ET

    Want an illustration of why traders are nervous about how stable earnings forecasts are? New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer is lowering projections for tax revenue by $384 million, only three weeks after presenting his budget!

  • Asian Markets Are Sharply Lower, Seoul Sheds 3.3% Sunday, 10 Feb 2008 | 7:17 PM ET

    Oil and precious metals rose on supply concerns on Monday in thin holiday trade in Asia, while the few stock markets that were open, such as South Korea and Australia, unravelled on fear the credit crunch would spread further.

  • Systems Glitch, Poor Data Sink Japanese Shares Friday, 8 Feb 2008 | 5:17 AM ET

    The Japanese market fell 1.4 percent in a quiet Friday session.  But Australia finished 1.1 percent higher.  Volumes were thin with many investors away for the lunar new year.

  • Japan Rebounds to Close Up But Australia Slips Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 5:08 AM ET

    Japan ended higher Thursday, rebounding from early losses, but Australia closed lower, hitting a five-day low as investors remained sidelined after recent signs that the U.S. economy is headed into recession. 

  • Japan FX Reserves Hit Record High, Nearing $1 Trillion Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 11:11 PM ET

    Japan's foreign reserves, the world's second largest after China, hit a record high of $996 billion at the end of January as falling interest rates boosted the value of foreign bonds in the stockpile.

  • Asian Stocks Get Mauled, Japan Bleeds 4.7% Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 2:59 AM ET

    Asian markets tanked in the afternoon session Wednesday, sending investors on a selling spree after unexpectedly weak service sector data in the United States and Europe fueled fears of a recession. Japan plunged over 4 percent and Hong Kong closed more than 5 percent lower.

  • Poison Dumplings End Japan Tobacco Food Deal Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 2:15 AM ET

    A food scare involving contaminated dumplings imported from China by Japan Tobacco has scuttled a deal to merge the company's frozen food business with that of Nissin Food Products, the companies said on Wednesday.