Chinese premier Li Keqiang's work report indicates that Beijing wants more than just "unsustainable, raw growth," says Kerry Brown, director, China Studies Centre at University of Sydney.» Read More
While the outlook for Wall Street remains optimistic, more U.S. investors are playing a "central bank trade" by moving into markets like Japan, says Tim Edwards, director of Index Investment Strategy at S&P Dow Jones Indices.
Nitin Jain, CEO, Retail Capital Markets, Edelweiss, says the fact that the interest rate cut came so soon after the announcement of India's budget caught stock markets by surprise.
Tim Lindsey, professor of Asia Law at University of Melbourne, discusses news that two convicted Australian drug smugglers have been transferred from Bali to a prison island off Java, where they await execution.
Craig James, chief economist at Comm Sec, says strong growth in Australia's housing sector may be able to offset weakness in the mining industry.
India's central bank unexpectedly lowered its policy repo rate by 25 basis points on Wednesday, marking the second surprise rate cut this year. CNBC TV18's Ekta Batra has more.
The Reserve Bank of Australia indicates that it could put rates on hold for the time being and will only opt for further rate cuts, if necessary, says Sean Callow, senior currency strategist at Westpac.
Simon Grose-Hodge, head of Investment Advisory, South Asia at LGT Bank Singapore, says a diversification into non-IT plays makes for a stronger Nasdaq Composite.
Nearly four years after Rebekah Brooks left Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation as the phone hacking scandal erupted, she is set for a return to the company. CNBC's Catherine Boyle reports.
The decision to roll out capital expenditures and shun "big bang reforms" indicates a "middle of the road" annual budget for India, says Parmod Gubbi, director of Institutional Sales at Ambit Capital.
While the S6's curve screen sets it apart from its rivals, "incremental improvements" may not be enough to wrestle market share from Apple's iPhone 6, says Kiranjeet Kaur, senior market analyst at IDC Asia Pacific.
Kunal Ghosh, emerging market portfolio manager at Allianz Global Investors, outlines the factors that make Taiwan an attractive market.
Trip Chowdhry, senior analyst & managing director at Global Equities Research, says the merger allows both firms to leverage on individual strengths and take advantage of cost-cutting.
Lachlan Colquhoun, head of Markets Analysis at East & Partners, discusses the rally in Standard Chartered shares Friday after news that Bill Winters has been named as the bank's new boss.
Jahangir Aziz, head of EM Asia Economic Research at JP Morgan, says the economic realities of India may prompt the government to refrain from big ticket spending.
Chris Richter, deputy Head of Japan Research and Senior Analyst at CLSA, expects Japan Inc to start raising wages soon, with Toyota Motor and other carmakers taking the lead.
Jeremy Stretch, head of FX Strategy at CIBC, says an improving growth picture and the launch of quantitative easing paint an optimistic scenario for European stock markets.
Manpreet Gill, senior investment strategist at Standard Chartered, says European equities will likely outperform their U.S. counterparts due to factors like the ECB's quantitative easing.
There are now more flexibility when it comes to austerity rules in Europe as countries realize the importance of structural reforms, says Christian Schulz, senior economist at Berenberg Bank.
Dickie Wong, executive director at Kingston Securities, says Chinese shares may be losing steam in the Year of the Sheep, with better-than-expected data failing to spur markets on Wednesday.
Puru Saxena, CEO of Puru Saxena Limited, expects European equities to do well over the next 1 year due to the ECB's quantitative easing, but warns of currency risks.
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