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  • As Senators Clinton and Obama square off in Indiana and North Carolina, are the Intrade Political Futures Markets (www.intrade.com) forecasting a split decision?  As record oil prices and a gas tax become a focus point for the candidates, where do the Intrade markets predict oil will close out the year?

  • Asian markets were mostly weaker Tuesday after surging oil prices and worries that Bank of America would scrap a deal to buy mortgage firm Countrywide Financial hurt Wall Street.

  • Asian Markets Rise on Upbeat US Jobs Data Monday, 5 May 2008 | 5:05 AM ET

    Asian stocks were higher Monday, after upbeat U.S. jobs data buoyed Wall Street Friday, with stronger oil and metal prices lifting resource firms. Volumes were thin with both the Japanese and South Korean markets closed for national holidays.

  • Asian Markets Rally, Japan and Australia Gain 2% Friday, 2 May 2008 | 5:20 AM ET
    A man uses his mobile phone in front of electronic stock boards at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX Ltd.) headquarters in Sydney, Australia.

    Asian markets were sharply higher Friday after better-than-expected economic data, a rebound in the U.S. dollar and falling oil prices and triggered a rally on Wall Street. Both Japan and Australia closed 2 percent higher.

  • Japan, Australia Close Lower in Quiet Trading Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 8:19 PM ET

    The Japanese and Australian markets closed lower in the afternoon session Thursday. Trading was quiet with most markets in the region closed for the Labour Day holiday.

  • Asian Markets Lower, But China Jumps 4.8% Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 5:51 AM ET

    Most Asian markets closed lower Wednesday ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve rate decision later in the session. Japan finished slightly lower, but Shanghai was the stand out performer, up almost 5 percent.

  • Lackluster Session for Asia, Fed in Focus Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 5:27 AM ET

    Asian markets were lackluster on Tuesday following a flat finish in the U.S. stock market. But Greater China shares remained firm on the back of positive corporate earnings. Most investors were sidelined and cautious ahead of the Federal Reserve's two-day meeting.

  • Asian Markets End Mostly Higher, Financials Rally Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 5:21 AM ET

    Asian markets trimmed their early gains on Monday as investors took a breather following a rally in financial stocks. But many remained optimistic that the banking sector may finally be putting the credit crunch behind it.

  • A bounce in the U.S. dollar lifted some Asian stock markets on Friday, while crude oil sank further from its recent $120 a barrel record, dragging energy firms down but boosting airline counters.  Japan finished at a two-month high.

  • Asian Markets End Mixed, But Chinese Stocks Surge Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 5:27 AM ET
    Investors study shares prices during the morning trading at RHB private stock market gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Friday, Feb.3, 2006. Malaysia's key stock index rose Friday to a 15-week high as foreign funds plowed into key bluechips after a long holiday. The Composite Index of 100 blue chip stocks ended at 927.85 points, up 13.84 points or 1.5 percent from last Friday's close. (AP Photo) **MALAYSIA OUT**

    Asian stocks were mixed in the afternoon session Thursday with Japan and Australia closing lower. But the Shanghai market took centerstage, surging as much as 9.5 percent at one point after a stamp duty tax cut gave flagging Chinese stocks a boost.

  • K&C Quotables Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 2:56 PM ET

    Some notable quotes from last night's Kudlow & Company: "[If Obama is the Democratic nominee] this is going to be -- ideologically -- the greatest distinction that we’ve had in candidates since the 1980 election when Jimmy Carter ran against Reagan." And much more...

  • Markets Rally Despite Surging Oil, Weak Dollar Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 5:02 AM ET

    Asian markets were stronger Wednesday, shrugging off the burden of near $120-a-barrel oil and a record high euro, to continue a rally that has recovered all the ground lost last month. Shanghai surged over 4 percent, while Australia gained 1.6 percent.

  • Asia Under Pressure after Weak US Bank Earnings Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 5:00 AM ET

    Asian markets came under pressure on Tuesday after U.S. stocks pulled in a mixed performance.  Investors sold financials following weak earnings from Bank of America.

  • Political Futures: The Pennsylvania Primary Monday, 21 Apr 2008 | 9:53 PM ET

    As Clinton looks to recharge her comeback with a win in Pennsylvania, and Obama says that Clinton will probably win the PA primary according to AP, the Intrade markets (www.intrade.com)  have been predicting Clinton as a clear front runner in Pennsylvania since early March. 

  • Banks, Energy Lead Asian Stocks to Seven-Week High Monday, 21 Apr 2008 | 5:00 AM ET

    Asian stocks rose to their highest level in seven weeks on Monday, as investors cheered upbeat earnings from U.S. bellwethers which triggered a rally in U.S. stocks last Friday.

  • Asia Ends Mixed, Japan Gains but China Sinks Friday, 18 Apr 2008 | 5:15 AM ET

    Asian markets eked out some gains Friday. Stocks spent the better part of the session dipping below and above the line. Japan and South Korea pulled ahead at the close, finishing higher, but China and Australia closed weaker.

  • Asian Markets Rally Led by Financials, Tech Stocks Thursday, 17 Apr 2008 | 5:08 AM ET

    Asian stock indexes made firm gains Thursday, with the exception of the Shanghai Composite Index, boosted by financial and technology stocks with Japan, South Korea and Australia all closing stronger.

  • Surging Oil, Intel Outlook Lifts Asian Markets Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 5:10 AM ET

    Asian markets moved forward Wednesday, with high-tech exporters buoyed by a reassuring outlook from industry leader Intel and energy shares underpinned by record high oil prices. Japan and Australia both closed over 1 percent higher

  • Candidates' Economic Plans at a Glance Tuesday, 15 Apr 2008 | 3:06 PM ET

    Republican presidential hopeful John McCain on Tuesday called for a summer gas tax holiday for Americans wincing at high pump prices as part of a wide-ranging plan to help the ailing U.S. economy.

  • McCain Proposes Tax Cuts, Lashes Democrats Tuesday, 15 Apr 2008 | 1:41 PM ET
    John McCain

    Republican presidential hopeful John McCain on Tuesday called for a summer gas tax holiday for Americans wincing at high pump prices as part of a wide-ranging plan to help the ailing U.S. economy.

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