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  • Japan Machinery Orders Rise Less Than Expected Thursday, 7 Jun 2007 | 10:32 PM ET

    Japanese machinery orders rose less than expected in April from March, doing little to dispel worries that corporate capital spending may be losing steam.

  • Dollar Advances Broadly as Treasury Yields Rise Thursday, 7 Jun 2007 | 1:49 PM ET

    The dollar strengthened broadly as a rise in U.S. Treasury yields above 5% boosted demand for the U.S. currency, while news that North Korea fired short-range missiles off its coast hurt the yen.

  • At G8 Summit, Business Issues Take a Back Seat Wednesday, 6 Jun 2007 | 1:59 PM ET

    Big business is on the back burner at the Group of Eight summit. Instead of focusing on concerns about hedge funds, fluctuating currencies and better transparency in financial dealings, the world's eight wealthiest nations are putting their full focus on climate change and watching to see if a new spat between the U.S. and Russia could develop into another cold war.

  • Dollar Rises Against Euro on Dovish ECB Comments Wednesday, 6 Jun 2007 | 1:33 PM ET

    Fading prospects of a rate cut by the Fed and no signs from the European Central Bank that it would continue to tighten monetary policy beyond 2007 lifted the dollar against the euro.

  • The dollar  fell against the euro and yen on Tuesday, dipping below key technical levels after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the ailing U.S. housing sector may remain a drag on economic growth.

  • The dollar declined broadly as the U.S. currency failed to extend gains after last week's robust jobs data, while demand for currencies linked to rising interest rates strengthened.

  • Japanese firms' capital spending in January-March rose slightly more than expected from a year earlier to a record high, a sign that corporate-sector strength continues to underpin a steady economic recovery.

  • The dollar rose to a seven-week high against the euro, on track for a fifth consecutive week of gains, as strong U.S. jobs and manufacturing data damped expectations of a Federal Reserve interest rate cut this year.

  • Japan PM Names New Minister Amid Pension Furore Friday, 1 Jun 2007 | 1:25 AM ET

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe named a new farm minister on Friday, four days after a scandal-tainted predecessor committed suicide, as opposition parties turned the heat up over mismanaged pensions and scandals.

  • The dollar touched a three-month peak against the yen after a strong report on business activity in the U.S. Midwest, but it failed to sustain gains before key payrolls data due on Friday.

  • The dollar rose to a seven-week high against the euro as minutes from the Federal Reserve's last meeting reiterated policy-makers' view that inflation remains a top concern.

  • Japan April Industrial Output Unexpectedly Falls Tuesday, 29 May 2007 | 8:55 PM ET

    Japan's industrial production unexpectedly fell in April from the previous month, adding to concern that output growth may be losing momentum on a slowdown in U.S.-bound exports, and nudging up euroyen futures.

  • The dollar edged lower against the yen after China said it would raise a stamp duty on stocks in an attempt to cool its equity markets, prompting concerns about risky trades financed by borrowing in the Japanese currency.

  • Japan's jobless rate fell to a nine-year low in April while the availability of jobs improved for the first time in nine months, signaling a tight labor market and boosting the Bank of Japan's case for a rate increase.

  • Japan Inflation Falls for the Third Straight Month Thursday, 24 May 2007 | 9:14 PM ET

    Japanese consumer prices fell in April, making this the third straight month of declines and doing nothing to change the view that the Bank of Japan will wait until August to raise interest rates.

  • IMF Says BOJ Should Delay Rate Move Amid Tame Inflation Thursday, 24 May 2007 | 1:59 AM ET

    The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday that a rate hike by the Bank of Japan should be delayed until inflation expectations have recovered and the consumer price trend is firmly rising.

  • Japan Airlines is asking its main lenders to boost its capital by $1.7 - $3.3 billion to help it restructure without further damage to its financial standing, the Nikkei business daily reported on Thursday.

  • Japan Exports to U.S. Dip, But Offset by Asia Demand Wednesday, 23 May 2007 | 9:34 PM ET

    Japanese exports to the United States in April fell from a year earlier for the first time in 27 months, but strong shipments to Asia offset the drop, helping push Japan's trade surplus up more than 50%.

  • Swatch CEO Bets on Luxury Boom in U.S., Japan Wednesday, 23 May 2007 | 7:52 AM ET

    Swatch Group, the world's biggest watchmaker, is betting on a luxury goods boom in the United States and a recovering Japan as its sales continue to show double-digit growth, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

  • Toyota: Moving Forward to Dominate the U.S. Market Thursday, 17 May 2007 | 11:49 AM ET

    If history is any indication, Cerberus Capital will be slashing Chrysler down in size, making this Japanese automaker the last large car company left in America. He thinks it’s the only play worth considering in the sector. Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.