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  • Japan Government Picks Muto to Head Central Bank Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 9:29 PM ET

    The Japanese government plans to put forward deputy central bank governor Toshiro Muto as the next head of the Bank of Japan, Japanese media reported, but it was unclear if opposition lawmakers would accept or veto him. 

  • Asian Markets Climb, Japan Adds Over 1% Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 6:02 AM ET

    Asian markets rallied Thursday, with Japan and South Korea both finishing over 1 percent higher after more positive economic data out of the U.S. eased investor concerns over a global recession.

  • 9-Year Auto Loans?! 'Crazy' But True! Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 10:56 AM ET

    Here's something that should make you realize what crazy times we are living in: 9-year auto loans are popping up around the country. That's right, it wasn't a typo. Nine years! 108 months! Almost a third of the time used to pay off a conventional mortgage!

  • Buying Opportunities in Dwindling Carry Trades Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 9:05 AM ET
    Dollar and Yen

    The foreign exchange maneuver known as the carry trade looks set to continue unwinding, with bearish investors scared of risks. But buying opportunities might emerge from the trend, analysts told CNBC on Wednesday.

  • Asian Markets Drift Lower as Credit Fears Linger Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 5:01 AM ET

    Asian stocks had a shaky performance Wednesday with markets drifting back and forth for most of the session, but ending mainly lower as credit worries and fears over the health of the U.S. economy lingered.

  • Japan Capex Slides; Quarter Growth Seen Hard Hit Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 | 10:21 PM ET

    Japanese corporate capital spending fell the most in five years, fourth-quarter figures showed, pointing to a sharp downward revision in growth and reinforcing expectations of a rate cut later this year.

  • Asian Stocks End Mostly Lower, Taiwan Gains Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 | 5:13 AM ET
    A man uses his mobile phone in front of electronic stock boards at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX Ltd.) headquarters in Sydney, Australia.

    Asian markets closed mostly lower Tuesday, having drifted in and out of negative territory during volatile trading. Japan closed flat, but Chinese stocks ended 2.3 percent in the red. Gold and platinum hovered at or near record highs.

  • Auto Sales Numbers Are Just Plain UGLY Monday, 3 Mar 2008 | 2:58 PM ET
    Ugly Auto Sales

    We knew they would be bad, and they were. In fact, February auto sales make it clear, the consumer is tired, nervous, worried: you-fill-in-the-adjective. Look at the numbers: GM down  16.7 percent (including trucks down more than 22 percent)

  • Asian Stocks Get Hammered, Tokyo Loses 4.5% Monday, 3 Mar 2008 | 4:48 AM ET
    Stock investors watch stock movement at a stock exchange in Chengdu, China.

    Asian stocks bled into the afternoon Monday, with Tokyo the hardest hit market, closing 4.5 percent lower, burdened by growing fears about a U.S. recession and more writedowns in the financial sector.

  • Asian Markets Decline, Japan Closes 2% Lower Friday, 29 Feb 2008 | 5:09 AM ET

    Asian markets were heavily soldoff Friday, with the exception of Chinese stocks, as the specter of a U.S. recession haunted Asian investors as the U.S. dollar hit a three-year lower against the yen and gold and oil prices struck all-time highs.

  • Inflation in Japan at Decade High, Eyes on Europe, US Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 10:11 PM ET
    Shopper with bags

    Japan's industrial production fell twice as much as expected in January, sending stock prices lower on heightening concern that the country's economy may slow down or even contract in the first quarter of 2008.

  • They've done it again. The Asian automakers, especially the Japanese dominate the latest Consumer Reports survey (subscription needed for full reports) on auto reliability. Of the 33 models CR picked to be "most reliable," 23 are from Japanese automakers. Some, like the Toyota Prius, we've come to expect to see on the list.

  • Economic Concerns Drag on Asian Stocks Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 5:05 AM ET

    Asian markets ended mostly lower Thursday as worries about the sickly U.S. economy were exacerbated by a falling dollar, which could prop up U.S. firms at the expense of Asia's exporters.

  • Japan Industrial Output Slides, Slowdown Feared Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 8:43 PM ET

    Japan's industrial production fell twice as much as expected in January, sending stock prices lower on heightening concern that the country's economy may slow down or even contract in the first quarter of 2008.

  • Asian Markets Rally, Japan Closes at Six-Week High Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 5:22 AM ET

    Asian markets closed higher across the board Wednesday, marking a third straight session of gains. Hong Kong was the best performer, closing over 3 percent higher, and Japan ended over 1 percent up.

  • Asian Rally Fizzles Out, Japan Ends Weaker Tuesday, 26 Feb 2008 | 5:41 AM ET
    A man uses his mobile phone in front of electronic stock boards at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX Ltd.) headquarters in Sydney, Australia.

    Asian stocks pulled back from an early rally to close broadly higher Tuesday. Japan ended weaker and South Korea closed flat. But Australia managed to hang on to its advance to finish in positive territory.

  • Financial Stocks Boost Asian Markets Monday, 25 Feb 2008 | 5:18 AM ET

    Asian markets rallied in the afternoon session Monday with financials stocks advancing on talks of a possible rescue plan for U.S. bond insurer Ambac. Japan surged 3 percent, but Shanghai shares slumped over 4 percent.  

  • China's Sovereign Fund Eyes Japan, Inpex: Times Sunday, 24 Feb 2008 | 9:40 PM ET

    China's sovereign wealth fund plans to buy as much as $10 billion in Japanese stocks and may consider purchasing a large stake in oil and gas developer Inpex Holdings, Britain's Times newspaper said.

  • 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.