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  • Asian Markets Fall, But Weak Yen Lifts Japan Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | 5:08 AM ET

    Asian markets were mostly softer Monday, with Chinese stocks sliding over 5 percent. But the weaker yen helped Japan close over 1% higher, with exporters supporting that market.

  • Babcock & Brown Power to Take Charge, Shares Tumble Sunday, 17 Aug 2008 | 9:57 PM ET

    Australian investment firm Babcock & Brown Power flagged a review of its business on Monday and said it would take a $393 million writedown, knocking its shares down over 40 percent.

  • Asian Markets End Mixed, Investors Fear Recession Friday, 15 Aug 2008 | 6:24 AM ET

    Asian markets were mixed Friday as investors struggled to factor in, what extent potential recessions in Britain, Europe and Japan would have on corporate Asia's bottom line.

  • Asian Markets Seesaw, Japan Falls But Australia Gains Thursday, 14 Aug 2008 | 5:18 AM ET

    Asian stocks were mixed Thursday in volatile trading with markets seesawing between the red and black.  Japan closed weaker and Australia finished in the black though giving back some gains made earlier on in the session.

  • ASX Profit Up 2.7%, 2009 Outlook Cautious Wednesday, 13 Aug 2008 | 8:53 PM ET
    A man uses his mobile phone in front of electronic stock boards at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX Ltd.) headquarters in Sydney, Australia.

    ASX, Asia-Pacific's second-largest listed stock exchange, posted a 2.7 % rise in second-half net profit, and joined its Hong Kong and Singapore rivals in predicting a challenging year ahead on weaker trading volumes and a drop in capital raisings.

  • Asian Markets Tumble on Global Growth Fears Wednesday, 13 Aug 2008 | 5:03 AM ET

    Asian markets fell Wednesday, with regional shares outside of Japan hitting a 17-month low, on the growing risk of a sharp global economic slowdown. Japan and Australia both fell 2 percent.

  • Commonwealth Bank Posts Flat Profit, Drops ABN Talks Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 9:10 PM ET

    Commonwealth Bank of Australia matched expectations for flat second-half earnings, and warned of a challenging year ahead due to volatile global markets and upward pressure on funding costs, sending its shares down over 2%.

  • Australia's CSL to Buy Talecris for $3.1 Billion Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 8:40 PM ET

    Australia's CSL, the world's top maker of plasma products, agreed to buy U.S.-based Talecris Biotherapeutics Holdings for $3.1 billion, to further boost its presence in the plasma market.

  • Australia's Telstra's Second Half Profit Rises Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 7:45 PM ET

    Telstra, Australia's biggest phone company, missed expectations with a 14 percent rise in second-half profit on Wednesday, and forecast growth in the year ahead that was also belowanalysts' expectations.

  • Asian Markets Are Mixed, Cheaper Oil Helps Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 6:10 AM ET

    Asian markets were mixed Tuesday with oil prices retreating for five of the last six days, as focus centered on the potential for further economic weakness, particularly after data showed Japan's wholesale inflation at the highest in 27 years.

  • Asian Markets Surge, But Shanghai Sinks Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 5:10 AM ET

    With the exception of China, Asian markets rose sharply Monday as the U.S. dollar hit a six-month high against the euro and oil briefly slipped below $115 a barrel.

  • Australia's RBA Sees Scope for Lower Interest Rates Sunday, 10 Aug 2008 | 9:52 PM ET
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    Australia's central bank on Monday said the economy looked to be slowing enough  to significantly reduce inflation over time, providing growing scope to ease interest rates from 12-year highs.

  • Asian Markets End Mixed, Shanghai Dips Friday, 8 Aug 2008 | 7:15 AM ET

    Asian markets pulled both ways on Friday, as Taipei jumped over 2 percent while Shanghai skidded, with concerns about the health of domestic and global economies dominating investor sentiment.

  • Asian Markets Drop as Bank Worries Drag On Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 9:18 PM ET

    Major Asian markets were lower across the board Friday, with bank stocks hit especially hard, as more bad news out of the U.S. financial sector exacerbated worries about banks.

  • Asian Stocks March Higher, Sydney Gains 3% Wednesday, 6 Aug 2008 | 5:41 AM ET
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    Major Asian markets put on a strong showing on Wednesday, tracking a Wall Street rally that came on the heels of the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to leave interest rates unchanged.

  • Slump in Commodities Hammers Asian Markets Tuesday, 5 Aug 2008 | 5:12 AM ET
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    Asian markets extended Monday's losses amid sharp falls in commodities and deepening fears of a weakening global economy.

  • Charting Asia |KLCI Weekly Chart Tuesday, 5 Aug 2008 | 4:15 AM ET
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  • TPG Awaits Asciano Results Before Deciding on Bid Monday, 4 Aug 2008 | 10:53 PM ET

    Private equity group TPG plans to study Asciano's full-year results on Wednesday before deciding what to do about its A$2.9 billion ($2.7 billion) takeover approach, which the Australian port and rail operator has rebuffed.

  • Oil Prices, Economic Fears Hit Asian Markets Monday, 4 Aug 2008 | 5:20 AM ET

    Asian markets fell Monday as a rebound in oil prices to above $126 revived inflation concerns at a time when major economies such as the U.S. and Japan are already seen headed for tough times. Japan lost 1.2% while South Korea fell almost 2%.

  • Asciano Gets $2.7 Billion Bid from Private Equity Sunday, 3 Aug 2008 | 11:27 PM ET

    Asciano, Australia's biggest port and rail operator, said on Monday it had received an unsolicited bid worth around $2.7 billion from private equity, sending its share price up as much as 17 percent.