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  • Five Things to Watch: Earnings Stampede and More Sunday, 24 Apr 2011 | 9:07 PM ET
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    The anticipation of Helicopter Ben's date with the press, the waiting game for Raj Rajaratnam's verdict and the speculation surrounding Japanese recovery. Here's what we're watching…

  • New Japan Homes Rise Amid Wrecked Lives Sunday, 24 Apr 2011 | 8:19 PM ET
    People take shelter at an evacuation centre in Natori, Miyagi prefecture on March 16, 2011.

    A month after the tsunami ripped apart the north-east coast of Japan, 36 families from Rikuzentakata have become the first to shift their few possessions into temporary housing, a move that marks a new beginning but also reinforces anxieties about what lies ahead. The FT reports.

  • Tsunami Warnings, Written in Stone Wednesday, 20 Apr 2011 | 11:45 PM ET
    Rescue workers check the remains of a tsunami devestated house

    Stone tablets in Japan, some more than six centuries old, are inscribed with messages about tsunamis, the New York  Times reports.

  • Growing Tablet Sales to Boost Hon Hai: Analyst Sunday, 17 Apr 2011 | 9:58 PM ET
    Chinese workers assemble electronic components at the Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen.

    The craze for tablet computers has started to cannibalize sales of PCs. But with market leader Apple priced at nearly $330 a share, Taiwan's Hon Hai may be a cheaper way to gain exposure to this growth story, suggested a technology analyst.

  • 5 Questions With NOL CEO Wednesday, 13 Apr 2011 | 11:46 PM ET

    The outlook of the container shipping industry remains uncertain, according to NOL’s Chief, as the industry grapples with concerns over rising fuel costs, overcapacity and ripple effects from the Japan disaster. Shipping veteran Ron Widdows, who helms the Singapore-based company, the world’s sixth-largest container shipping company, talks to CNBC’s Christine Tan.

  • Japan ‘Panics’ Over Lack of Cigarettes Monday, 11 Apr 2011 | 2:01 AM ET
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    Foreign cigarette makers have taken the unusual step of air freighting cigarettes to Japan to make up for a plunge in supplies, after last month’s natural disaster knocked out a third of the country’s cigarette production. The FT reports.

  • Aftershock Rattles Disaster-Weary Japan; 2 Dead Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 11:24 PM ET

    A strong aftershock ripped through northeastern Japan, killing two, injuring dozens and piling misery on a region still buried under the rubble of last month's devastating tsunami.

  • U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid and Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner.

    Another quake in Japan, another EU nation on the brink, and another day without a budget deal. Here's what we're watching…

  • Word on the Street Now     Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 12:30 PM ET

    CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Fast Money traders discuss the day's market activity, including reaction to the most recent Japanese earthquake. Also, a look at the currency markets and the yen, with Andy Busch, BMO Capital Markets. And gold futures are near flat after hitting a record.

  • Notorious Doomsday Prophets Wednesday, 6 Apr 2011 | 9:35 AM ET

    December 21, 2012 -- the end date in the ancient Mayan calendar. Will it bring the Apocalypse? See some of the most notorious prophets and doomsday groups in history.

  • "When a natural disaster strikes, its victims most urgently need aid. Many companies respond by making direct donations and matching employee gifts. But in times of crisis, we advise companies to do more than give money," writes this author.

  • Japan Warns Radiation Leaks Could Last Months Sunday, 3 Apr 2011 | 12:11 PM ET
    TEPCO workers in protective suits conduct a cooling operation by spraying water at the damaged No. 4 unitP at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex.

    Engineers pinned their hopes on chemicals, sawdust and shredded newspaper to stop highly radioactive water pouring into the ocean from Japan's tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant Sunday as officials said it will take several months to bring the crisis under control, the first time they have provided a timetable.

  • Yoshikami: Japan's Quiet Uncertainty Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 9:49 AM ET
    A pedestrian road has collapsed in the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Urayasu city, Chiba prefecture. The earthquake shook Japan, unleashing powerful tsunamis that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns.

    There seems to be little news to merit any optimism. The challenges facing Japan are great and daunting. But let's not discount the resilience and determination of the Japanese and let's not dismiss the Japanese economy.

  • Young businessman who walks with superior

    As hundreds of thousands of young people begin their working lives on Friday, they face a transformed Japan that will test a generation reared in affluence yet dismissed by its elders as selfish materialists. The New York  Times reports.

  • Cramer: 6 'Obvious' Trades Working Right Now Thursday, 31 Mar 2011 | 7:08 PM ET

    These plays might be "glaringly obvious," but Cramer said they're making investors a lot of money.

  • Oil's Dramatic Leap Is Good News for NatGas: Sasol CEO Thursday, 31 Mar 2011 | 11:18 AM ET

    General unrest in the Middle East has had a "dramatic impact on oil prices," the chief executive of a major South African mining and energy company said Thursday—and he makes no secret of the fact that that's good news for his firm.

  • Setbacks Mount at Japan's Leaking Nuclear Plant Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 | 11:20 AM ET

    Setbacks mounted Wednesday in the crisis over Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear facility, with nearby seawater testing at its highest radiation levels yet and the president of the plant operator checking into a hospital with hypertension.

  • VIX Shows Investors Are Upbeat; But They Shouldn't Be Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 | 1:35 AM ET

    Perhaps we were wrong to cite the CBOE's VIX contract as a good indicator of market volatility? Recent events, including on-going military action in Libya and the Portugal sovereign debt crisis, would have suggested that the market should sell off on greater uncertainty, and yet the VIX fell from 29 last week to 17 today. Are investors becoming more sanguine about these issues?

  • Here's what you should be watching Thursday, March 30.

  • Will Dangers Spoil Markets' Party Mood? Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 3:20 AM ET
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    The current market environment reminds me of the movie “Wayne’s world” that I saw longer ago than I care to remember. The party mood on the markets just continues in the face of clear and present dangers.