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  • Last Defense at Troubled Reactors: 50 Japanese Workers Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 2:24 AM ET
    Koriyama fire department staff check radiation levels of rescue personnel in Koriyama city in Fukushima prefecture on March 13, 2011.

    A small crew of technicians, braving radiation and fire, became the only people remaining at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station on Tuesday — and perhaps Japan’s last chance of preventing a broader nuclear catastrophe, the New York Times reports.

  • Japan Disaster Strengthens Case for Commodities: Rogers Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 2:10 AM ET

    Oil prices have fallen sharply in the wake of the disaster in Japan as investors have shunned risk. Nymex has declined around 5 percent since last Friday's earthquake and tsunami. However, Jim Rogers, Chairman of Rogers Holdings, who has been a long-term bull on oil,  thinks it's only a matter of time before the current trend reverses.

  • Japan Supply Chain Risk Reverberates Globally Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 2:04 AM ET
    An employee of Nissan Motor Company works on the assembly line at Nissan's Global Production Engineering Center (GPEC) on May 29, 2007 in Zama, Japan. The GPEC in Zama City is one of several training and development centres established by Nissan in order to train Nissan?s global manufacturing employees to become experts in the 'Nissan Production Way'; improving technology and production efficiency worldwide.

    With many Japanese factories facing temporary or partial closure, the earthquake has left investors facing an uncomfortable truth: in the modern world, it can be tough to assess how convoluted cross-border linkages really work, in manufacturing as in finance, the Financial Times reports.

  • Reactor Design in Japan Has Long Been Questioned Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 9:23 PM ET
    Quake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Futaba, Fukushima

    The type of containment vessel used in the stricken reactors in Japan has long been thought susceptible to failure in an emergency. The NYT reports.

  • Japan Nuclear Crisis Creates Opportunities? Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 8:06 PM ET

    To find them, Cramer goes "Off the Charts."

  • Cramer: Japan Is Not a 'Chernobyl Situation' Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 7:39 PM ET

    Japan's nuclear concerns are not comparable to the Chernobyl disaster, Cramer said.

  • A group of Chinese citizens at the City Hall await transport to leave the tsunami devastated city of Sendai, Miyagi prefecture on March 15, 2011.

    Markets will stay sensitive to any developments with Japan's unfolding nuclear crisis or from Middle East trouble spots, and that could once more weigh on risk assets.

  • No Reason to Close Tokyo Stock Exchange: Official Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 3:38 PM ET

    The Tokyo stock market should remain open for trading this week, the country's economy minister said Tuesday.

  • The Most Costly Earthquakes of All Time Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 3:07 PM ET
    The March 2011 earthquake off the coast of Japan has rocked international markets as the world tries to gauge the reality of the human and economic devastation in the country. Japan's 9.0 magnitude earthquake is a rare event, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). Globally we experience an average of only one earthquake above an 8.0 magnitude each year. This, of course, varies from year to year, with the most recent examples being four 8.0+ magnitude earthquakes in 2007 and zero in 2008.

    The March 2011 earthquake off the coast of Japan has rocked international markets as the world tries to gauge the reality of the human and economic devastation in the country.

  • Japan's Nuclear Crisis: A Timeline of Key Events Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 2:48 PM ET
    Fukishima nuclear reactor explosion.

    Japan is struck by the largest recorded earthquake in its history off the coast of the northeastern city of Sendai, putting in motion a series of events that led to a nuclear crisis. The Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Will Japan Crisis Spark Global Markets Correction? Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 2:42 PM ET
    Koriyama fire department staff check radiation levels of rescue personnel in Koriyama city in Fukushima prefecture on March 13, 2011.

    There is another problem building, and some fear it could lead to a much more widespread crisis in financial assets.

  • Down on Dollars - Just Not the US Kind Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 2:33 PM ET

    As investors have rushed to safe-haven currencies, the Canadian and Australian dollars have been hit hard - maybe too hard.

  • In light of the disasters in Japan, the decline in the U.S. stock market is not commensurate with what the impact would be on U.S. economic growth, according to economist Joe LaVorgna.

  • U.S. Department of Treasury headquarters in Washington, D.C.

    Shortly after 4 o'clock this morning, a small group of staffers at the U.S. Treasury trooped down a winding staircase into the basement of the building, entering a secure facility called the Markets Room, where the Treasury Department monitors global market conditions on a minute-by-minute basis.

  • Dr. Doom Is Gloomy About the Yen Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 11:22 AM ET

    Nouriel Roubini, the New York University economist who gained renown for predicting the financial crisis, sees dark days ahead for the yen.

  • Safe Havens - Even the Yen - Rule Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 9:46 AM ET

    It's a bad day to hold a risky currency, but anyone with Swiss francs, or even yen, is sitting pretty right now. It's time for your FX Fix.

  • Markets Will Need Convincing on Reactor: Advisor Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 6:38 AM ET
    Japan's share prices plunged across the board after reports of rising radiation.

    The market reactions to the tragic events in Japan over the last few days have been rational and investors will need convincing the nuclear crisis has been averted before any rally according to Bob Parker, a senior advisor to Credit Suisse in London.

  • The Fed Tuesday is expected to show it remains committed to its easy money policies, which temporarily may take investor focus away from global events.

  • Quake Provides 'Excuse' for More Easing: Economist Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 3:22 AM ET

    Following the huge losses on the Nikkei, with more than $700 billion dollars wiped off the Japanese market in just two sessions, one economist is predicting the tragic events in Japan will be an "excuse" 'to move to quantitative easing in all major markets.

  • Yen Will Weaken Further in the Long Run: Roubini Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 2:40 AM ET

    The yen should be much weaker against the U.S. dollar in the long run based on fundamentals, Nouriel Roubini, Chairman & Co-Founder Roubini Global Economics told CNBC on Tuesday.