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  • 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.

  • Nissan Operating Profit Dips, Lowers Forecast Friday, 2 Feb 2007 | 4:04 AM ET

    Nissan Motor  reported a bigger-than-expected 23% fall in quarterly net profit on Friday, hurt by a sluggish recovery in U.S. sales, and lowered its full-year forecasts despite a weaker yen.

  • Sony Profit Drops, But Company Boosts Outlook Tuesday, 30 Jan 2007 | 9:41 AM ET

    Japanese electronics giant Sony reported a drop in quarterly profit Tuesday, but boosted its earnings outlook for the full year.

  • Wal-Mart Japan Unit Sees Wider Net Loss in 2006 Tuesday, 30 Jan 2007 | 3:56 AM ET

    Wal-Mart Stores' Japanese subsidiary, Seiyu, on Tuesday forecast a wider net loss for 2006 due to sluggish sales, making it its fifth straight year of losses. Seiyu estimated its group net loss at 55.8 billion yen ($459 million) instead of its earlier projection of a 54.5 billion yen loss for the year ended December. The new forecast is in line with a consensus projection by four analysts for 55.6 billion yen, according to Reuters Estimates.

  • Japan's household spending fell more than expected and the jobless rate rose slightly in December, underlining sluggishness in consumption and raising the hurdle for the Bank of Japan to lift interest rates next month.

  • Japanese Consumer Prices Inch Up, Rate Hike Is in Doubt Thursday, 25 Jan 2007 | 8:28 PM ET

    Japanese consumer prices rose less than expected in December from a year ago, adding to doubts over the Bank of Japan's ability to raise interest rates next month, sending the yen lower and bond futures to a one-month high.

  • Japan December Trade Surplus Comes in Below Expectations Wednesday, 24 Jan 2007 | 10:43 PM ET

    Japan's trade surplus rose a weaker-than-expected 22.8% in December from a year earlier amid concerns that a slowdown in the U.S. economy may hurt Japanese exports.

  • What's in it for Shareholders? Wednesday, 24 Jan 2007 | 8:22 AM ET

    "Overall, 52% of CEOs are 'very confident' and 40% 'somewhat confident” about revenue growth over the next year -- more than double the level of 2001."

  • New York, Tokyo Exchanges Close to Agreement: WSJ Wednesday, 24 Jan 2007 | 4:54 AM ET

    The Tokyo and New York stock exchanges are in the final stages of alliance talks and may come to an agreement as soon as the end of the month, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing the head of the Tokyo exchange.

  • Japan's November Current Account Surplus Rises 21.5% Tuesday, 16 Jan 2007 | 8:43 PM ET

    Japan's current account surplus expanded 21.5% from a year earlier in November, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday, highlighting a healthy demand overseas for Japanese exports.

  • Bank of Japan Likely to Delay Rate Rise Tuesday, 16 Jan 2007 | 7:19 PM ET

    The Bank of Japan is likely to keep interest rates on hold this week, although the central bank's policy board has not entirely ruled out a rate rise, according to a report on the Web site of Japan's largest business daily.

  • Japan November Machinery Orders Top Forecasts Sunday, 14 Jan 2007 | 9:44 PM ET

    Machinery orders at Japanese firms rose more than expected in November from October, signaling firm capital spending and reinforcing market expectations that the Bank of Japan could raise rates this week.