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  • Robust China Trade Data Spark Asia-Wide Gains Wednesday, 8 May 2013 | 4:56 AM ET

    Australian stocks approached their highest levels in nearly five years on Wednesday after China's trade balance swung to a surplus in April while Japan's benchmark Nikkei remained the region's out performer, extending gains to hit a fresh near five-year high.

  • Watch Out, the Nikkei Train Is at Full Speed Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | 11:54 PM ET

    Japan's benchmark stock index rose to its highest level in five years on Wednesday, taking its gains this year to just over 35 percent. Time to turn cautious? Perhaps not, say analysts.

  • Why US Stocks Are Soaring While Economy Struggles Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | 7:55 PM ET

    Even the rosiest of forecasters acknowledge growth slowed sharply from the first three months of the year. And yet major U.S. stock indexes continue swaggering to fresh all-time highs.

  • Market Gains Could Keep on Coming After Dow 15,000 Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | 6:51 PM ET

    The Dow finished above 15,000 for the first time ever, confounding a chorus of critics who believe the market should do what it usually does — sell off in May.

  • The euro firmed across the board on Tuesday after data showing German industrial orders beat forecasts, but the prospect of further monetary easing could limit its gains.

  • Stocks finished near their best levels Tuesday, with the S&P 500 extending its recent rally to a fresh high and the Dow closing above the 15,000 milestone for the first time.

  • US Yields Rise After 3-Year Debt Auction Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | 3:51 PM ET

    Prices for U.S. Treasurys slid for a third session on Tuesday after a three-year note sale brought few surprises.

  • Brent Ends Lower as Demand Fears Creep to the Fore Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | 3:18 PM ET

    Brent crude oil fell on Tuesday, as weak fundamentals curbed initial gains spurred by strong German data, central bank policy and tension in the Middle East.

  • Gold Settles Lower as Equities Gain Strongly Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | 2:39 PM ET

    Gold ended lower as its appeal as an alternative investment faded after equity markets rose on prospects of sustained central bank stimulus, while holdings in exchange-traded funds slipped to their lowest in more than three years.

  • Europe Closes Higher; DAX Hits Record Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | 10:56 AM ET

    European shares closed higher following some better-than-expected earnings reports, and upbeat manufacturing data from German.

  • US Hits an Historic High and the World Joins In Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | 9:33 AM ET
    A financial trader uses a telephone as he monitors data on his computer screens in front of a display of the DAX Index curve at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

    Germany joins the U.S. at an historic high. France, Portugal and Japan also log good numbers as stocks continue to win in the hunt for yield.

  • Bearish Like Buffett? Some Bonds May Still Be King Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | 4:31 AM ET
    Warren Buffett

    Several renowned investors may have made the case to be more bearish on bonds recently, but one analyst has told CNBC that now is the perfect time to look at high yielding peripheral bonds.

  • Weak Yen Helps Nikkei Close at Near 5-Year High Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | 3:00 AM ET

    Japan and Australia dominated Asian trade on Tuesday as a weak yen sent Tokyo stocks to their highest level in almost five years while Australian shares closed lower after briefly erasing declines following the Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) surprise rate cut.

  • Nikkei Tops 14,000, Highest Since Lehman Crisis Monday, 6 May 2013 | 11:14 PM ET

    Nikkei stock index is back on a tear. The index surged past the 14,000 level for the first time in nearly five years on Tuesday, boosted by weakness in the yen.

  • Watch Out Euro Bulls, Draghi Is Watching You Monday, 6 May 2013 | 11:04 PM ET
    ECB President Mario Draghi

    European Central Bank Chief Mario Draghi's latest comments that further monetary easing in the euro area is possible is making euro bulls think twice, say currency analysts.

  • No Correction in Dow, for Now: Charts Monday, 6 May 2013 | 10:11 PM ET

    This chartist says the recent rally in the Dow Jones Industrial Average is not likely to lose steam at least in the near-term. Read More.

  • Dollar Is Back on the Hunt for 100 Yen Monday, 6 May 2013 | 4:46 PM ET

    The U.S. dollar rose for a third straight session against the yen on Monday and looked set to make another run at the 100 yen level on renewed optimism about the U.S. economy.

  • Crude Orbits $105; Crosswinds of Mideast, Economy Monday, 6 May 2013 | 3:51 PM ET

    Oil edged lower as enthusiasm over last week's strong U.S. jobs report faded.

  • Gold Prices End Higher After Second Weekly Gain Monday, 6 May 2013 | 3:30 PM ET

    Gold futures settled higher, with some buyers tempted back to the market after a second week of gains suggested last month's price slide to a more than two-year low has run its course for now.

  • Treasury Yields at 3-Week Highs Ahead of New Supply Monday, 6 May 2013 | 3:17 PM ET
    U.S. Treasury

    Prices for U.S. Treasurys edged lower on Monday ahead of new supply later in the week, with investors extending a sell-off after better-than-expected jobs data on Friday.

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