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  • Are Rare Earth Stocks a Good Bet? Friday, 14 Jan 2011 | 11:07 AM ET
    Bulldozer scoop soil containing various rare earth to be loaded on to a ship at a port in Lianyungang, east China's Jiangsu province in September, for export to Japan.

    The rare earth story jumped to  front pages in 2010. China dominates the market for the arcane metals, which are vital to technology products. Which companies, though, can fill that need, now that China has begun to limit exports?

  • Asian Stocks End Mixed, Resources Sag Friday, 14 Jan 2011 | 5:50 AM ET

    Asian stocks closed mixed on Friday, weighed down by a drop in resources-related shares as commodity prices declined.

  • A Warning as Markets Cool in Asia Thursday, 13 Jan 2011 | 10:33 AM ET
    Bangladeshi police look on as a crowd of investors shout slogans during a protest in front of The Dhaka Stock Exchange in Dhaka.

    Stock markets in India and a handful of other, smaller Asian countries, which surged last year as foreign investors bet on their fast growth, are starting to remind investors of the risks involved. The NYT reports.

  • Asian Stocks End Up on Portugal Bond Auction Thursday, 13 Jan 2011 | 4:30 AM ET

    Asian stocks rose on Thursday after a successful bond auction in Portugal eased fears about the euro zone's debt crisis and boosted European and U.S. stocks.

  • Asia Ends Up; KOSPI Hits Fresh Closing High Wednesday, 12 Jan 2011 | 4:24 AM ET

    Asian stocks rose on Wednesday as global markets halted recent losing streaks and posted modest gains on the back of solid earnings reports and positive broker comments, while investors await the outcome of debt issuance in the euro zone.

  • Asia Ends Mixed; EU Debt, Earnings Eyed Tuesday, 11 Jan 2011 | 5:57 AM ET

    Asian stock markets ended mixed on Tuesday as government debt burdens in Europe weighed on investor sentiment.

  • Asia Ends Lower after Lackluster US Jobs Data Monday, 10 Jan 2011 | 4:43 AM ET

    Asian stocks mostly traded to the downside on Monday, after a lackluster U.S. job report drove Wall Street lower Friday, but trading volume was light with Japan markets closed for a public holiday.

  • Asia Ends Mixed Ahead of US Jobs Data Friday, 7 Jan 2011 | 5:50 AM ET

    Asian markets ended mixed on Friday as investors stayed cautious ahead of the U.S. nonfarm payrolls report.

  • Asia Ends Mixed; Nikkei at 8-Month High Thursday, 6 Jan 2011 | 5:27 AM ET

    Japanese shares rallied on Thursday as investors snapped up shares of Japanese exporters after the dollar hit two-week highs against the yen, but markets elsewhere in Asia were more subdued ahead of the influential U.S. non-farm payrolls report. 

  • Asia Stocks End Mixed; Resources Dip Wednesday, 5 Jan 2011 | 6:24 AM ET

    Asian markets closed mixed on Wednesday following a broad commodities selloff but losses were limited as stronger-than expected U.S. factory data lent support.

  • Japan Leads Asia on Signs of US Recovery Tuesday, 4 Jan 2011 | 4:35 AM ET

    Japanese stocks led Asian equities higher on Tuesday, climbing to their highest since May, with investors betting the improving U.S. recovery may be reflected in jobs data later in the week.

  • Seoul Closes at Record High; HK Leaps Monday, 3 Jan 2011 | 4:37 AM ET

    South Korean shares stole the limelight on the first trading day of 2011 as the KOSPI rose nearly 1 percent to end at a record closing high. But volume was thin overall with many major markets closed for a public holiday.

  • North Koreans Unveil Vast New Plant for Nuclear Use Sunday, 21 Nov 2010 | 10:26 AM ET
    Commune group brought to bow to Great Leader on Grand Monument, Pyongyang, North Korea, Asia

    North Korea showed a visiting American nuclear scientist earlier this month a vast new facility it secretly and rapidly built to enrich uranium, confronting the Obama administration with the prospect that the country is preparing to expand its nuclear arsenal or build a far more powerful type of atomic bomb, the New York Times reports.

  • US Fears Grow Over Catching Japan Economy Slowdown Sunday, 31 Oct 2010 | 8:57 PM ET
    Japanese Flag

    American policy makers have long been confident, even during the darkest days of the current financial crisis, that the United States could avoid the fate of Japan and its two lost decades. But that has changed, reports the New York Times.

  • Chinese Computer Trumps US One as World's Fastest Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 9:55 AM ET

    A Chinese scientific research center has built the fastest supercomputer ever made, replacing the United States as maker of the swiftest machine, and giving China bragging rights as a technology superpower. The New York Times reports.

  • In India, Workers Find Humor in ‘Outsourced’ Monday, 25 Oct 2010 | 8:16 AM ET
    Mumbai, India

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  • Japan Goes From Dynamic to Disheartened Sunday, 17 Oct 2010 | 9:47 AM ET
    Kobe, Japan

    Like many members of Japan’s middle class, Masato Y. enjoyed a level of affluence two decades ago that was the envy of the world. Masato, a small-business owner, bought a $500,000 condominium, vacationed in Hawaii and drove a late-model Mercedes.

  • Malaysia PM Says Economy Poised for Robust Growth Friday, 10 Sep 2010 | 12:18 AM ET

    Malaysia's economy is poised for robust growth this year with the nation's gross domestic product set to rise at least 6 percent, the country's prime minister Najib Razak told CNBC.

  • Asian Economies Hot Again — And So Are Stock Markets Tuesday, 17 Aug 2010 | 5:08 PM ET

    South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and others in Southeast and East Asia are benefiting from an export-driven regional boom and the lessons of a financial crisis a decade ago.

  • China Weighs Tighter Controls on Rare Elements Thursday, 3 Jun 2010 | 11:13 AM ET
    Chinese miner

    China is planning to tighten its control over its rare earth minerals by allowing just a handful of state companies to oversee the mining of the scarce elements, which are vital to some of the world’s greenest technologies. The NYT reports.