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  • Marketing Is Key to Surgical Robot’s Success Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 8:14 PM ET

    If the critics of robotic surgery are right—that safety is an issue—how is that it was performed on 450,000 people last year? The answer may lie in one word: Marketing.

  • Counting the Problems of Robot-Assisted Surgery Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 7:58 PM ET
    Dr. Marty Makary of Johns Hopkins University Hospital

    The number of complications from robot-assisted surgery using Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci robot are underreported, allege critics of the procedure, fanning the controversy around the company's pioneering product.

  • Chinese Parts in Japanese Cars? It's Happening Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 7:53 PM ET
    Workers assemble sedans at the Dongfeng car factory in Wuhan, China.

    Facing tougher competition in what is now the world's biggest autos market, Nissan and its Japanese rivals Toyota Motors and Honda Motors are having to increase the locally made content in their cars.

  • Are You Cut Out for 'Superyacht' Lifestyle?     Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 7:45 PM ET

    As the Singapore Yacht Show kicks off, get a glimpse of life on board these million dollar vessels.

  • Up to 15 Dead After Blast at Texas Fertilizer Plant Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 5:02 PM ET
    Smoke rises as water is sprayed at the burning remains of a fertilizer plant in the town of West, Texas, early April 18, 2013.

    Officials in Texas fear the death toll will rise as they search the rubble of a fertilizer plant devastated by an earthquake-size explosion. The blast also leveled dozens of homes.

  • Google Earnings Beat, but Revenue Misses Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 4:44 PM ET

    Google reported quarterly earnings that topped market expectations, supported by strong growth in its core advertising business. Shares gained on the announcement.

  • Don't Even Think About Selling Your Google Glasses Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 12:30 PM ET

    If you are one of the first owners of Google Glass don't even think about trying to sell the device.

  • At $14 Million, Diamond Is Investor's Best Friend Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 12:17 PM ET

    A nearly 75 carat diamond's sale at Sotheby's offers further evidence of the roaring bull market in hard assets.

  • 'Significant Growth' in Asia-Europe Trade: Maersk CEO Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 12:00 PM ET
    Limossol Port, Cyprus

    The routes are getting investment from shippers, said Maersk CEO Nils S. Andersen.

  • Attack Could Impede 'Gang of 8' Immigration Bill Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 11:27 AM ET
    Ecuadorian immigrant now living in the U.S. for 12 years, looks towards the Statue of Liberty while participating in a 'Time is Now' rally.

    Lawmakers told CNBC on Thursday that the question of whether international terrorism was involved in the Boston bombing argues for immigration reform.

  • Steady as It Goes for US Jobless Claims Picture Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 10:17 AM ET
    Job seeker Clinton Crouch, who said he was laid-off in Sept. 2011, fills out an application for a maintenance job during a job fair at Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC) in Oglesby, Illinois, U.S.

    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose slightly, which could allay fears of a setback in the labor market.

  • Gold Slump May Trigger Miner Takeover Spree Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 9:59 AM ET

    The collapse in bullion prices may rekindle gold mining takeovers as Chinese companies and other investors step in to rescue small and mid-sized miners.

  • By 2015, Producing in China Will Be as Costly as US Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 9:14 AM ET
    A worker at Prince Industries in Shanghai, China.

    A new study by consulting firm AlixPartners estimates by 2015, the cost of outsourcing manufacturing to China will be equal to the cost of manufacturing in the U.S.

  • If I Were 'Dictator,' QE Would End: Fed's Lacker Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 8:56 AM ET
    Jeffrey Lacker, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

    Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker told CNBC Thursday that "if you made me dictator" the Federal Reserve would stop its massive bond-buying program.

  • Mark Mobius: Here's Why I Am Still Bullish on China Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 6:45 AM ET
    Mark Mobius, executive chairman of Templeton Asset Management's Emerging Markets Group

    Leading emerging markets investor Mark Mobius is still bullish on China, despite the country's disappointing economic growth in the first quarter.

  • 'Rude Shock' Ahead for Commodity Currencies: Pro Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 5:20 AM ET

    While losses in commodity currencies have remained relatively limited amid the recent rout in physical prices and resources-related stocks, investors could be in for a "rude shock."

  • China Minister Urges CNBC to Do More on Korea Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 4:54 AM ET
    Li Zhaoxing

    China's former foreign minister championed peace during an interview with CNBC in Moscow, asking CNBC what it had done to help peace talks resume in North Korea and Washington.

  • Could China's Bird Flu Be the Next SARS? Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 3:45 AM ET
    A technician conducts tests for the H7N9 bird flu virus in Kunming, China.

    As the death toll from a deadly strain of bird flu in China rises to 17, markets are closely monitoring Beijing's handling of the outbreak although officials appear to have learned a trick or two from the SARS crisis a decade ago.

  • ECB Rate Cut Talk Suggests 'Sense of Urgency' Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 12:07 AM ET
    ECB Governing Council member and president of the Deutsche Bundesbank Jens Weidmann

    The euro stabilized on Thursday after suffering its biggest one-day fall in almost a year, as prominent ECB official Jens Weidmann hinted of a possible euro zone rate cut. Analysts say there's plenty of reason to take him seriously.

  • Why China Market Bulls Aren't Surrendering Wednesday, 17 Apr 2013 | 11:52 PM ET

    A sell-off in China's stock market has not put of market bulls, who forecast gains of up to 15 percent in the coming months.

Charting Asia with Daryl Guppy

  • The European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany

    Charts suggest that the downtrend in the euro/dollar is firm ahead of the European Central Bank's (ECB) policy meeting on Thursday.

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted its largest annual gain last year and while momentum has slowed, investors are questioning whether the rise has run its course.

  • As the war of words between Australian dollar bears and bulls continues charts indicate that the bears may have the right call in the short term.