• Aeon, Daiei to Announce Capital Tie-Up Friday, 9 Mar 2007 | 4:45 AM ET

    Japanese retailers Aeon and Daiei said Friday they will announce a capital tie-up, a move that would create the nation's largest retail group.

  • Japan's January Machinery Orders Beat Forecasts Thursday, 8 Mar 2007 | 9:47 PM ET

    Machinery orders at Japanese firms rose slightly more than expected in January from the previous month, data showed on Friday, signaling that capital spending may continue to underpin a steady economic recovery.

  • Japanese Retailer Aeon May Buy 15% Stake in Daiei Wednesday, 7 Mar 2007 | 8:43 PM ET

    Aeon has finalized a deal to take a 15% stake in supermarket chain Daiei, a move that will create Japan's biggest retail group, the Nikkei business daily reported on Thursday.

  • Citigroup's $10.8 billion tender offer to buy Nikko Cordial looks just sweet enough to convince investors in the Japanese brokerage to sell, analysts said on Wednesday.

  • Paulson: Global Economy Is Strong, Inflation Is Low Tuesday, 6 Mar 2007 | 9:15 PM ET

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Tuesday that a weakened housing market will not have a major impact on the U.S. financial sector, which he described as quite healthy.

  • Citigroup launched a $10.75 billion takeover bid for Japanese brokerage Nikko Cordial on Tuesday, offering cash to the scandal-hit firm's shareholders in a deal designed to transform its business in the world's second-biggest economy.

  • Paulson: U.S. Housing Credit Risks Contained Tuesday, 6 Mar 2007 | 9:29 AM ET

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Tuesday that a weakened housing market will not have a major impact on the U.S. financial sector, which he described as quite healthy.

  • Japanese Finance Minister Koji Omi said on Tuesday he would closely watch a recent rise in the yen and falling stock prices, providing a somewhat stronger statement than his mantra that markets should reflect economic fundamentals.

  • Japan Firms Boost Fourth-Quarter Capital Spending Monday, 5 Mar 2007 | 12:15 AM ET

    Japanese firms' capital spending in October-December rose more than expected from a year earlier, underscoring the view that continued strength in the corporate sector is supporting the economy's steady recovery.

  • Great Opportunity Or Blow Up For Hedge Funds? Friday, 2 Mar 2007 | 3:28 PM ET

    What role are hedge funds playing in the market meltdown's aftermath? Three "Power Lunch" guests, who cover the field, weighed in. Trader Monthly Associate Editor Andrew Barber noted that "anecdotally" he's heard that "premium sellers were punished" by Tuesday's market drop.

  • Market Shock: Analysts Cite Yen, Naive Investors Friday, 2 Mar 2007 | 2:35 PM ET
    Klaus Regling, chief executive officer of the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF)

    Many of those seeking reasons for Tuesday's market meltdown have turned from China to Japan. Two forex experts told CNBC's Liz Claman why the global shock may have more to do with Tokyo than Shanghai -- or New York.

  • Japanese core consumer price rises ground to a halt in January, matching the consensus forecast and reinforcing expectations that the Bank of Japan will only tighten credit at a snail's pace.

  • China Makes A Market Tuesday, 27 Feb 2007 | 2:00 PM ET

    Government efforts to cool China's stock market may rattle global investors for a day now and then but they may help in the long run.

  • Carry on up the Carry Trade Wednesday, 21 Feb 2007 | 7:06 AM ET

    With apologies to Joan Sims and Sid James. I wish the line was originally mine, but Jeremy Stretch, our currency analyst from Rabobank, should get the credit for the allusion this morning to the Pinewood comedies of the 1960s.

  • The Bank of Japan raised its benchmark interest rate by a quarter point to 0.5% Wednesday, the highest level in more than 10 years.

  • BOJ to Kick Off Meeting, Traders Split on Rate Hike Monday, 19 Feb 2007 | 10:56 PM ET

    Traders remain jittery about the possibility of an interest rate hike by the Bank of Japan as the central bank kicks off a two-day policy meeting on Tuesday, though markets are still split on the chances of a rate rise.

  • Japan's economy grew a stronger-than-expected 1.2% in the last three months of 2006, marking the fastest growth in nearly three years and reviving expectations of an interest rate hike by the Bank of Japan next week.

  • Honda to Recall 45,335 Civic Hybrids Worldwide Tuesday, 13 Feb 2007 | 3:43 AM ET

    Honda Motor said on Tuesday it would recall 45,335 Civic hybrid cars globally to fix a faulty voltage converter that could cause a short circuit and stop the engine.

  • Japan Data Suggests Price Growth to Remain Tame Monday, 12 Feb 2007 | 9:39 PM ET

    Japanese wholesale prices rose less than expected in January from a year earlier, a sign that price growth remains tame, and investors now await GDP data later this week to see whether the Bank of Japan is likely to raise interest rates next week.

  • Hedge Funds:Turning Current Yen Into Old Ruble? Friday, 2 Feb 2007 | 12:58 PM ET

    Remember the collapse of the Russian ruble in 1998--that led to the near-collapse of hedge fund giant Long Term Capital Management? Recent trends in the Japanese yen have investors worried that the currency is destined for a similar fate as befell the ruble.