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

  • Asian Markets Sink on US Financial Worries Tuesday, 5 Feb 2008 | 5:13 AM ET
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    Asian markets continued their weak run Tuesday with financial stocks sinking after U.S. credit card firms and banks were downgraded, stoking fears their troubles could spread to the global sector.

  • Super Bowl Ad Game: Audi Roars, Hyundai Stalls Monday, 4 Feb 2008 | 2:08 PM ET
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    Yes, the game was incredible. So good, you could argue that, for once, the Super Bowl commercials took a back seat to the game. But for two automakers, Audi and Hyundai, the big game was big chance to show off two big models. Audi's spot for the new R8 ran early in game and played off the famous scene in "The Godfather"...

  • Global Deals Boost Asian Markets Monday, 4 Feb 2008 | 5:32 AM ET
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    Asian markets rallied Monday, as Microsoft's bid for Yahoo and China's purchase of a large stake in takeover target Rio Tinto boosted optimism over share valuations. Japan added 2.6 percent while South Korea advanced 3.4 percent.

  • GM US Sales Rise as Other Automakers See Drops Friday, 1 Feb 2008 | 2:54 PM ET
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    General Motors said that its total U.S. vehicle sales rose 2.1 percent in January -- making it the only major automaker to turn in positive results for the month.

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    We knew January auto sales would be lackluster. We knew that auto dealers weren't terribly confident about the consumer. The numbers today have lived up to our low expectations.

  • Asia Markets Close Mixed, Japan Slips Friday, 1 Feb 2008 | 6:16 AM ET
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    Despite hefty interest rate cuts by the U.S. Federal Reserve this week, investors were still worried about the health of the U.S. economy and the global ramifications of a slowdown. Asian markets ended mixed Friday, with Japan closing lower but Australia jumping 3.4 percent.

  • Jittery Asian Stocks End Mixed Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 | 4:58 AM ET
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    Asian stocks had a jittery session Thursday with markets dipping in and out of negative territory as fears of a possible downgrade of U.S. bond insurers hit financials. Both Japan and South Korea finished higher despite a negative start to the session.

  • Asian Stocks End Lower on US Rate Jitters Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 5:10 AM ET
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    Asian stocks were suffering a case of the nerves ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve meeting later Wednesday. Markets started the session on a strong note, but then slipped into negative territory with Hong Kong closing 2.6 percent lower and Japan shedding 1 percent.

  • Rate Cut Hopes Lift Asian Stocks, Japan Gains 3% Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 5:08 AM ET
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    Expectations of a further cut in U.S. interest rates buoyed most Asian stocks Tuesday. Japan finished nearly up 3 percent, but the Australian market bucked the positive trend to close almost 2.5 percent lower.