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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Japan Fears And The Retail Sell-Off Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 12:27 PM ET

    Retail stocks continue on their slide as investors worry about the world's second largest consumer market. NetNet spoke with Brian Sozzi, a StarMine top-ranked Equity Research Retail analyst, about his outlook on the sector.

  • Markets: Not As Bad As Lehman, Far Better Than 1987 Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 10:12 AM ET

    Despite serious worries stemming from the deteriorating situation in Japan, the futures aren't predicting U.S. equities to react as violently as they did to the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers.

  • Is a Japanese Banking Crisis Next? Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 9:40 AM ET
    Bank of Japan governor Masaaki Shirakawa

    The exposures of various insurance companies to the economic devastation of the Tsunami may be dominating the financial discussions in the tragedy's wake – but Japanese banks may be at the most risk.

  • 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. 

  • Reactor Cooling Pools May Pose Greater Danger Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 1:40 AM ET
    Fukushima Dai Ni Nuclear Power plant

    Even as workers race to prevent the radioactive cores of the damaged nuclear reactors in Japan from melting down, concerns are growing that nearby pools holding spent fuel rods could pose an even greater danger, the New York Times reports.

  • Rescuers Struggle to Reach Survivors Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 1:06 AM ET
    Rescue workers look over an area flooded by the tsunami in Minamisoma, Fukushima, Japan.

    Japanese authorities continued to struggle to respond to the aftermath of Friday’s earthquake and tsunami as thousands remained missing and nearly half a million survivors huddled in temporary shelters, the Financial Times reports.

  • Nikkei 225 Could Plunge to as Low as 7,000: Chartist Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 12:06 AM ET

    That the market will fall, and fall rapidly is a given. The key question is how far the market may fall before it finds support. The reaction to the Kobe earthquake provides some clues.

  • Charting Asia | Nikkei 225 Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 7:41 PM ET
  • Five Things We're Watching: March 15, 2011 Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 7:08 PM ET
    A pleasure boat sits on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi

    ‪Japan combats crisis, the Fed considers inflation and Henry Kravis says hello. Here's some of what we’re watching — and therefore you should as well.‬

  • Japanese markets are behaving consistent with recent post-disaster pattern: a lower stock market, lower government bond yields and a mixed outcome for the currency. 

  • Scenes From the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 1:41 PM ET
    The biggest earthquake to hit Japan in 140 years, measured 8.9 on the Richter scale according to the U.S. Geological Service. The quake created a 10-meter Tsunami that washed away houses, cars and boats. Here are scenes from the devastation.

    The biggest earthquake to hit Japan in 140 years, measured 8.9 on the Richter scale according to the U.S. Geological Service.

  • Homes in flame after being hit by a tsunami at Natori city in Miyagi

    According to the Fannie Mae 30-Yr MBS, mortgage rates are lower by about 5 basis points, thanks to the rally in US Treasurys which produced a drop in yields.

  • Yen Outlook Dims as Scope of Japan's Disaster Expands Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 12:10 PM ET

    As damage estimates rise in Japan, investors are reassessing their initial bullish views on the yen.  

  • Farrell: How Does a Nuclear Plant Melt Down? Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 11:09 AM ET
    A person who is believed to be have been contaminated with radiation, wrapped with a blanket, is carried to ambulance at a radiation treatment centre in Nihonmatsu city in Fukushima prefecture.

    The key technology in a nuclear reactor is the control rods. Think of these as the fingers in the dike. They control the amount of neutrons (nuclear fuel generates neutrons) that is allowed to heat the water (steam) which then generates electricity. The control rods slide in and out of the fuel mass to regulate neutron emission.

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