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  • Sunday's flash PMI report on China shows the importance of maintaining discipline in your trading strategies.

  • Foreclosure

    Federal regulators are poised to crack down on eight financial firms that are not part of the recent government settlement over home foreclosure practices involving sloppy, inaccurate, or forged documents, the New York Times reports.

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    The yen has had a rough week, and this strategist says trading patterns suggest the weakness could continue.

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    Take a look at some of Wednesday morning's early movers:

  • A man walks past a logo of Standard Chartered bank at the headquarters of SC First Bank in Seoul on June 27, 2011.

    Standard Chartered Bank's Asia CEO Jaspal Bindra has warned that the European Central Bank's long-term refinancing operations could lead to unintended consequences.

  • A quick look at the "laggards" for year-to-date returns among bank stocks shows some quality names that posted relatively strong earnings results in 2011, and performed much better than the The KBW Bank Index.

  • The HSBC logo is displayed on the exterior of an HSBC bank branch March 2, 2009 in San Francisco, California. After taking a financial hit with sub-prime mortgage-backed securities, HSBC Holdings PLC reported that due to a 70 percent drop in 2008 net profits it plans to slash 6,100 jobs and close its consumer loan business in the U.S.

    HSBC Holdings said on Monday it will likely face criminal or civil charges from an expanding investigation into its ties to allegedly illegal money transactions, including some tied to Iran.

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    Take a look at some of Monday morning's early movers:

  • HSBC

    HSBC is expected to report the West's biggest banking profit for last year, fuelled by the East, while its rivals are struggling with faltering European and U.S. growth.

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    HSBC Economist Stephen King says the growing likelihood of further quantitative easing (QE) in the U.S., contrasting with real efforts to slash budget deficits in Europe, suggests the single currency will come out stronger in the medium term.

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    These strategists say the Australian and New Zealand dollars could be headed for a fall.

  • China

    Emerging markets are well placed to weather the storm of the sovereign debt crisis currently engulfing the euro zone, and emerging economies are expected to grow by 5.3 percent this year and 6.1 percent in 2013, Pablo Goldberg, global head of Emerging Markets Research at HSBC, wrote in a report.

  • Australia beat out the United States and Singapore to take top place among expatriates as an ideal residence for quality of life and career prospects, according to an international survey released on Thursday.

  • All Business Is Local by John A. Quelch and Katherine E. Jocz

    Building on the theme that “all politics is local,” marketing experts John A. Quelch and Katherine E. Jocz explore how dozens of international companies are using a local-focused strategy and turning global brands into leading local brands.

  • Private antitrust litigation pitting some five million retailers against several large banks has slipped under the radar of many analysts and investors who follow those companies, but the case may deliver a multibillion-dollar shock to bank bulls in the coming months, TheStreet.com reports.

  • Downsizing

    Headhunters say the recent lay-offs in Asia’s banking industry are just the beginning and expect there will be far worse to come, predicting the total size of the sector in the region could shrink by more than 20 percent. The FT reports.

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    Capital One is a top pick among bank stocks for 2012, with continued strength in earnings and a historically low valuation to forward earnings estimates and book value. TheStreet.com compares the company with four U.S. bank holding companies.

  • Big Ben

    A break-up of the single European currency would have severe consequences on the UK economy, with unemployment pushing above 4 million, the pound appreciating sharply and major banks failing, analysts at ING wrote in a market note.

  • Two women look at a jewelry display in a luxury shopping mall in Shanghai. Following in the footsteps of Japan, China has become the world's second-largest consumer of high-end fashion, accessories and luxury goods.

    Chow Tai Fook Jewelery has been forced to slash the size of its planned Hong Kong listing because of market volatility but still hopes to raise up to $3 billion next month, according to people close to the deal, which could be the city’s largest initial public offering this year.  The FT reports.

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    I had been wondering how on earth European banks were going to be able to raise enough capital to meet new regulatory requirements.