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  • Yoshikami: Yen Exchange Rate Matters for Japan Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | 9:31 AM ET
    A factory building has collapsed in Sukagawa city, Fukushima prefecture, in northern Japan. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns.

    The G7 intervened to weaken the Yen last Friday in an attempt to stabilize the Japanese currency’s dramatic rise since the catastrophic earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. Europe’s central banks, the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Canada followed the Bank of Japan’s Yen sales, pushing it down against the US dollar.

  • Stocks End Down for Week Amid Uncertainty Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 5:16 PM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks ended off the highs of the day on Friday, and lower for the week, amid a still uncertain global environment rocked by uncertainty in the Middle East and Japan, although bank stocks got a lift as institutions began announcing dividend increases. JPMorgan and Caterpillar rose, while Travelers fell.

  • Stocks Trade Off Highs Before Close Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 3:59 PM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks traded off the highs of the day before the close amid a still uncertain global environment rocked by uncertainty in the Middle East and Japan, although bank stocks got a lift as institutions began announcing dividend increases.  JPMorgan and Caterpillar rose, while Travelers fell.

  • Stocks Pare Gains; Banks Rise, Retail Falls Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 12:17 PM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks pared gains as news that fighting in Libya was continuing despite Libya's pronouncement that it was ceasing military operations, although bank stocks got a lift as institutions began announcing dividend increases.  JPMorgan and Caterpillar led the gainers.

  • Yoshikami: Devastation and Hope in Japan Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 11:06 AM ET
    Fukushima nuclear power plant shown on March 15, 2011 following earthquake and tsunami, Japan, Tokyo Electric Power Co.

    There is no way to underscore the depth of the tragedy we see playing out before us as the potential of a nuclear nightmare of unprecedented proportions unfolds before our eyes. And while it pales in comparison to the human toll, the Japanese economy is also surely facing a period of great challenge.

  • Stealth Rally? Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 9:38 AM ET

    Stocks opened higher this morning as the world community is finally moving on Libya. Oil dropped to $101 from $103 when the Libyan Foreign Minister said they were declaring a cease fire. France says strikes are imminent after the U.N. approved a no-fly zone. What's not clear is whether this is too little, too late.  

  • Futures Gain After Libya Declares Ceasefire Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 9:21 AM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    U.S. stock index futures rose sharply ahead of the open Friday after Libya announced it was ceasing military operations to protect civilians in the wake of United Nation's decision to create a no-fly zone over the country.

  • Japanese Big Caps Rise on Careful Optimism Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 10:29 AM ET

    As the Tokyo Electric Power began throwing everything at the reactor problem, Japanese big cap stocks like Sony (SNE) and Panasonic (PC) have been rising (Sony is down nearly 20 percent in the past week), as have big miners like BHP Billiton (BBL) and Rio Tinto (RIO), which are up 3 or 4 percent.

  • Stocks Tumble; Dow, S&P 500 Hit 6-Week Low Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 5:15 PM ET

    Stocks closed off the lows of the day, although still 1 percent lower, as buyers stepped into the market in afternoon trading even as investors remained unnerved by the escalating nuclear crisis in Japan. Intel and Cisco fell, while Chevron gained. .

  • Stocks Pare Losses Before Close; Utilities Skid Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 3:59 PM ET

    Stocks significantly pared losses, although continued to trade lower, after the Federal Reserve reaffirmed intentions to continue stimulating the economy through bond purchases even as investors remained unnerved by the escalating nuclear crisis in Japan. Intel and Cisco fell, while Chevron gained.

  • Stocks Slide Amid Nuclear Fears; Tech Sinks Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 11:57 AM ET

    Stocks pared the worst losses of the day, although remain sharply lower, as the worsening nuclear crisis in Japan prompted investors to sell stocks across the globe and move into safer investments. GE and Intel led the blue-chip index lower.

  • The Nikkei was down 10.5 percent again last night and is now down almost 19 percent in the past 4 trading sessions. While some have been calling the markets decline "irrational" (the Nikkei has moved almost one annual standard deviation in three days, FTalphaville has noted), the unstable situation at the nuclear plants is a real X-factor that justify caution.

  • S&P Action Tuesday Could Provide Key 'Tell' Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 6:37 PM ET

    Tuesday may be a critical day and I favor the downside, says trader Guy Adami.

  • Stocks Finish Off Lows Amid Quake Concerns Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 4:44 PM ET

    Stocks closed lower, although considerably off the lows of the day, as investors assessed how the massive quake in Japan was likely to affect stocks and the global economy. GE and Verizon fell, while Caterpillar rose.

  • Stocks Pare Losses Before Close; Energy Up Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 3:59 PM ET

    Stocks pared losses in the final hour of trading Monday as investors remained shaken in the aftermath of Japan's massive earthquake and tsunami. GE and Verizon fell, while Caterpillar rose.

  • If S&P Breaks Toward 1259, Pro Turns Buyer Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 1:50 PM ET

    From key levels on the S&P, to weakness in the tech sector, the Fast Money team reveals what the pros are watching in the wake of the Japan tragedy.

  • Stocks Skid Amid Japan Worries; Utilities Fall Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 12:17 PM ET

    Stocks slumped as investors assessed how the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan would affect U.S. companies and the global economy. GE sank, while Pfizer gained.

  • Big-Name Japanese Stocks Down 5-15% Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 9:14 AM ET

    Various companies in the food chains of autos and semiconductors are also down. Polypore International, for example, which makes membranes for lead-acid and lithium batteries, is down 5 percent. As there were damage to many plants, a few semiconductor names outside Japan are trading up.

  • Video Game Sales Outpace Expectations in February Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 6:29 PM ET
    Call of Duty Black Ops

    Software sales came in slightly better than analysts were expecting, while hardware sales shattered expectations. For the month, game sales fell 5 percent versus a year ago, according to the NPD.

  • Video Game Investors Brace for Another Bad Month Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 10:43 AM ET
    Call of Duty Black Ops

    With a weak slate of titles, February is shaping up to be another negative month for the video game industry.