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'Messed up' US trade tips Q1 contraction: Pro

The widening in March's U.S. trade deficit, due to labor strikes at the West Coast Ports, suggests that the economy contracted in the first quarter, says Peter Boockvar, chief market analyst at The Lindsey Group.

Will the South32 demerger pay off for BHP?

Ahead of the shareholder vote on Wednesday, Barry Dawes, head of Resources at Paradigm Securities, explains why the demerger of BHP Billiton will be a positive move.

Will BHP shareholders back demerger plan?   Tue, 5 May '15 | 6:46 PM ET
Will BHP shareholders back demerger plan?

Shareholders of BHP Billiton will meet in Perth and London on Wednesday to vote on the miner's plan to demerge into two new entities, BHP Billiton and South32.

Disney is a buy, but don't fall in love with it: Pro

Charles Sizemore, CIO of Sizemore Capital Management, says Disney is one of the few U.S. firms with a strong growth story, but higher costs from ESPN may incur short-term uncertainty.

This strategist sees 'upside risks' to US jobs

Recent positive data points such as personal consumption suggest April's nonfarm payrolls could see "upside risks", says Doug Gordon, investment strategist at Russell Investments.

Tracking Saudi Arabia's economic agenda

With falling oil prices and a regional power play underway, the task of diversifying Saudi Arabia's economy is seen with increasing urgency.

Is the RBA's easing cycle over for now?   Tue, 5 May '15 | 12:32 AM ET
Is the RBA's easing cycle over for now?

Paul Bloxham, chief economist for Australia & NZ at HSBC, says upbeat comments from the Reserve Bank of Australia means the central bank could keep rates on hold for the rest of 2015.

Indian Fin Min: MAT is a 'legacy issue'   Tue, 5 May '15 | 12:17 AM ET
Indian Fin Min: MAT is a 'legacy issue'

Speaking to CNBC at the Asian Development Bank's annual meeting in Baku, Arun Jaitley, minister of finance of India, discusses the controversy surrounding the minimum alternative tax.

Don't count on BI to prop up growth: Nomura

As much as Bank Indonesia wants to support growth, the central bank's hands are tied amid higher inflation, says Euben Paracuelles, executive director & South East Asia economist at Nomura.

Be conservative in China stocks, says this expert

Sam Le Cornu, co-head Asian Listed Equities & Head of Investments at Macquarie Asset Management, says the rally in mainland markets is anchored on a liquidity rush, instead of being fundamentally-driven.

Indonesia growth to be 'slightly below 5%': OCBC

Wellian Wiranto, economist at OCBC, says the downward adjustment in Indonesia's growth forecasts reflects expectations as to how much the new government can achieve in the short term.

Aberdeen files legal challenge against India tax claim

Hugh Young, managing director of Aberdeen Asset Management, Asia, says Aberdeen's challenge against India's minimum alternative tax is a "matter of principle."

Fracking stocks are bad investments? This expert disagrees

Jonathan Barratt, chief investment officer at Ayers Alliance Securities, explains why he disagrees with David Einhorn who said that fracking stocks are terrible investments.

If RBA cuts rates, how low will Aussie dollar go?

With markets already pricing in a rate cut, the Aussie dollar will only weaken slightly if the central bank lowers interest rates on Tuesday, says Felicity Emmett, head of Australian Economics at ANZ.

Here's why RBA must be 'rate cutters'   Mon, 4 May '15 | 10:50 PM ET
Here's why RBA must be 'rate cutters'

Lutfey Siddiqi, global head of Emerging Markets FX, Rates & Credit at UBS, says the Reserve Bank of Australia needs to lower interest rates by 25 basis points due to sub-trend economic growth.

Australian official: Ties with Indonesia still strategic

Steven Ciobo, parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Trade and Investment and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, discusses the relationship with Indonesia after the execution of two Australian drug convicts.

How Australia is reaching out to Singapore, China

Steven Ciobo, parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Trade and Investment and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, outlines the opportunities Australia sees in Singapore and China.

Expect over 200,000 US jobs in April: Pro   Mon, 4 May '15 | 10:14 PM ET
Expect over 200,000 US jobs in April: Pro

David Dietze, president & chief investment strategist at Point View Wealth Management, expects April's nonfarm payrolls to see a "nice rebound" following a sub-par report in the previous month.

Here's the problem with low interest rates

Richard Martin, managing director of IMA Asia, discusses the issue with a prolonged environment of cheap money.

For Macau casinos, a period of stabilization beckons?

Grant Govertsen, managing director of Union Gaming Securities Asia, outlines the factors that could reinvigorate Macau's gaming sector.

Rate cut is the only option for RBA: Expert

Amid a weak domestic economy, the Reserve Bank of Australia has to "do its job" by cutting interest rates, says David Bassanese, chief economist of BetaShares Capital.

Italian Fin Min: Greek talks will see results soon

Pier Carlo Padoan, finance minister of Italy, expects the Eurogroup meeting on May 11 to see "tangible results" as Greece risks running out of cash in "maybe a couple of weeks."

Is McDonald's restructuring plan good enough?

Jason Moser, analyst at The Motley Fool, says crucial details such as plans to grow store traffic are missing from the fast food giant's turnaround strategy.

China-Taiwan top level talks yield no progress: Pro

Dean Cheng, senior research fellow for Asian Studies at the Heritage Foundation Center, says China still wants to keep "Taiwan in a box" and the high-level meetings on Monday doesn't mark anything new in cross-straits ties.

China PMI data slow down, but stocks rise?

Factors such as a lack of alternatives amid a property slump are driving investors to the stock market, says Andrew Sullivan, managing director of Sales Trading at Haitong International Securities.

Indian Fin Min: Reforms and stocks are unrelated

Arun Jaitley, minister of finance of India, says India's stock market has "its own logic" and comments about how stalling reforms are weighing on stocks are "completely unfounded."

Glu Mobile aims to be 'turbo-charged in China'

Niccolo De Masi, chairman & CEO of Glu Mobile, discusses news that Chinese internet behemoth Tencent is taking a 15 percent stake in the San Francisco-based developer.

HP's Fiorina, Carson join GOP 2016 race   Mon, 4 May '15 | 7:32 PM ET
HP's Fiorina, Carson join GOP 2016 race

Corey Boles, senior U.S. analyst at Eurasia, says former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson have "extreme long shots of capturing the nomination."

Indian Fin Min: GST will benefit India   Mon, 4 May '15 | 6:53 PM ET
Indian Fin Min: GST will benefit India

Speaking to CNBC at the Asian Development Bank's annual meeting in Baku, Arun Jaitley, minister of finance of India, outlines the advantages of implementing a goods and services tax.

Macau's gaming sector hinges on Beijing: Pro

Jonathan Galaviz, partner at Global Market Advisors, says the performance of Macau's casino industry is based on politics rather than economic analysis.

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