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  • What Weak Yen Can Do for Japan Autos Overseas Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | 5:16 AM ET

    Will the depreciating yen become a game changer for Japanese automakers that have grappled with a strong currency for several years now? Yes, says Nomura.

  • For Safe-Room Makers, Tornado a Game Changer Sunday, 26 May 2013 | 8:31 AM ET
    Dean Dye looks over a storm shelter in a home that was destroyed by a tornado on May 22, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma.

    After seeing the extensive destruction and loss of life from the Moore, Okla., tornado on Monday, Tornado Alley residents are going into prevention mode, vowing to avoid becoming victims when the next twister strikes.

  • Two Big Asian Rivals Start ‘Beautiful Friendship’ Sunday, 26 May 2013 | 11:52 PM ET

    One trader believes Chinese Prime Minster Li Keqiang's visit to India last week was mostly about trade.

  • A Too-Strong US Economy? Why Everyone's Watching Sunday, 26 May 2013 | 2:04 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Markets will be hyper-focused on the economy for any sign it is getting strong enough to encourage the Fed to start pulling back the security blanket of quantitative easing.

  • Despite Overseas Weakness, US Durable Goods Rise Friday, 24 May 2013 | 8:31 AM ET

    Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods rose more than expected, a sign of resilience despite belt-tightening in D.C. and weakness in overseas markets.

  • Hot Trend in Automobiles: Not Owning One Friday, 24 May 2013 | 8:17 AM ET

    Whether by choice or through financial reality, the percentage of American households without a car has doubled over the past two decades—and is now approaching 1 in 10.

  • Commodities Fall on China Data     Thursday, 23 May 2013 | 2:23 PM ET

    China factory data is slowing, and industrial commodities, as well as copper and palladium slid on the news, reports CNBC's Sharon Epperson. Frank McGhee, Integrated Brokerage Services, offers insight on gold.

  • US Manufacturing Growth Slips to Seven-Month Low Thursday, 23 May 2013 | 9:01 AM ET
    Employees assemble food containers on a production line at the Newell Rubbermaid factory in Mogadore, Ohio.

    U.S. manufacturing activity slowed as weak overseas demand and government belt-tightening at home led to the most sluggish growth rate since October.

  • China’s Economic Outlook Just Keeps Getting Worse Thursday, 23 May 2013 | 12:47 AM ET

    The unexpected contraction in China's factory activity in May has heightened the risk of a further slowdown in the second quarter, after the economy grew at its slowest pace in three years over January to March, said economists.

  • Bottom Line on Singapore GDP: Curb Your Enthusiasm Thursday, 23 May 2013 | 12:38 AM ET
    Singapore skyline

    Singapore's economy grew unexpectedly in the first quarter of the year but the manufacturing sector remains weak.

  • Ford to Close Australia Auto Plants in 2016 Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 9:06 PM ET

    Ford said on Thursday it is closing its two Australian auto plants and will cease production in the country in 2016.

  • Surprise! South Korea's Problems Aren't Made in Japan Thursday, 23 May 2013 | 2:51 AM ET
    Seoul, South Korea

    The problem for Korea had seemed obvious: the won has climbed by a third against the Japanese currency, in theory allowing Japanese companies to undercut Korean competitors and carry home more yen.

  • Auto Trade Revving Up     Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 5:40 PM ET

    Ford, General Motors and Fiat announced they will cut back on summer shutdowns at factories as they set production goals higher, with the "Fast Money" traders.

  • China's Factory Activity Shrinks as Orders Fall Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 9:49 PM ET

    China's factory activity shrank for the first time in seven months in May as new orders fell, a preliminary survey of purchasing managers showed, adding to concerns that a recovery in the world's second-largest economy is sputtering.

  • Detroit Roars Back After Years of Quality Issues Monday, 20 May 2013 | 10:11 AM ET
    A Ford C-MAX plug-in hybrid vehicle comes off the assembly line at the Michigan Assembly Plant.

    Millions of Americans have walked away from GM, Ford and Chrysler because of quality, reliability and service problems. But times are changing in Detroit.

  • Dreamliner Flying Again in US After Lengthy Grounding Sunday, 19 May 2013 | 11:27 PM ET
    Boeing 787 Dreamliiner

    After 123 days being grounded and then repaired to ensure its battery systems do not catch fire, Boeing 787 Dreamliners are about to once again make commercial flight in the United States.

  • Lutz Sees Stripped Down Fisker as Potential Gem Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 12:12 PM ET
    Fisker Karma

    The former Vice Chair of GM, who holds a leadership role with VL Automotive, is teaming up with Wanxiang Group, a Chinese auto parts supplier, in a bid to buy the ailing Fisker.

  • Japan Exports Disappoint, Yen Benefits Yet to Show Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | 9:15 PM ET

    Exports rose less than expected in April from a year earlier due to weak demand, underscoring the limitations of a weak yen in bolstering the trade sector.

  • Yoshikami: Low Cost China Is Old News Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | 12:41 AM ET

    The low-cost advantage that China once enjoyed (at least in the East Coast cities called the Gold Coast) is starting to fade.

  • Dell Earnings Fall Short of Estimates; Sales Beat Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 5:24 PM ET

    Dell reported earnings that fell far shy of market forecasts but revenue came in better than expected. Shares were little changed after-hours.