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  • Paul Bloxham, Chief Economist for Australia and New Zealand, HSBC explains how RBA rate cuts have helped the housing market. He expects more support will trickle through to boost construction activity.

  • No Longer Bullish on Base Metals: Pro     Sunday, 6 Jan 2013 | 5:40 PM ET

    Mike Harrowell, Senior Resources Analyst, BBY says that the supply of base metals such as copper, nickel, zinc and aluminum, will likely exceed demand in the first half of the year. He recommends shorting base metals.

  • Japan Looks Set to Raise Military Spending     Sunday, 6 Jan 2013 | 5:30 PM ET

    Colin Chapman, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Stratfor discusses how Japan will increase its military budget in light of a recent island dispute with China.

  • What Will Basel III Look Like?     Sunday, 6 Jan 2013 | 5:20 PM ET

    Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody's Analytics says that banks and regulators are trying to work out where the fine line lies between credit growth and raising capital.

  • US Faces a Fiscal Drag This Year     Sunday, 6 Jan 2013 | 5:10 PM ET

    Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody's Analytics says investors should expect a 1 to 1.5 percentage point drop in U.S. GDP growth this year as a result of the "fiscal cliff" deal reached in Congress.

  • Brr! Low Temperatures in China Are Wreaking Havoc Saturday, 5 Jan 2013 | 10:30 AM ET

    China's lowest temperatures in nearly three decades are wreaking havoc on shipping, air, and road transportation.

  • China Galaxy Securities Files for $1.5 Billion IPO Friday, 4 Jan 2013 | 6:42 AM ET
    Investors watch the electronic board at a stock exchange hall in Huaibei, China.

    China Galaxy Securities has filed applications to regulators for a planned $1.5 billion initial public offering in Hong Kong and Shanghai, IFR reported on Friday.

  • Global Markets: EU Shares Edge Lower     Friday, 4 Jan 2013 | 6:10 AM ET

    CNBC's Ross Westgate reports stocks edged lower in a choppy day of trading after data on Europe's service sector showed a mixed picture.

  • Japanese Stocks Soar on First Trading Day of 2013 Friday, 4 Jan 2013 | 4:17 AM ET

    Japan's Nikkei share average climbed to a 22-month high on its first trading day of 2013, as a deal in Washington to avert the "fiscal cliff" buoyed investor risk appetite and the weaker yen lifted exporters such as Toyota Motor Corp.

  • Egan Jones: Further US Rating Downgrades Unlikely Friday, 4 Jan 2013 | 12:58 AM ET

    Independent ratings agency Egan-Jones, which slashed the U.S. sovereign credit rating twice last year, said it has no intention of further downgrading the country this year, praising efforts by U.S. lawmakers to avert the "fiscal cliff".

  • Fake Braces Trend Takes Asia by Storm Thursday, 3 Jan 2013 | 11:12 PM ET

    In America, teenagers think that braces are awkward, dorky and annoying. But in Asia, braces are cool. They're so cool in fact, that teens in Thailand, Indonesia and China are even wearing fake braces to make a fashion statement.

  • Automakers in China Brace for Dismal Growth in 2013 Thursday, 3 Jan 2013 | 10:18 PM ET

    Automakers in China are bracing for another year of tepid single-digit growth in 2013, weighed down by sluggish demand for Japanese cars amid a diplomatic row between the two regional neighbors and government measures intended to restrict traffic in bigger cities.

  • End of Stimulus? Why It Isn't All Bad News Thursday, 3 Jan 2013 | 10:00 PM ET

    The Fed minutes triggered a sell-off in equities as investors fretted over a possible end to historically low interest rates. The upside? Analysts say this reflects confidence in the U.S. economy.

  • A foreign tourist pauses to look at the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar.

    Japan's new government confirmed its support for the emerging democracy in Myanmar on Thursday when Finance Minister Taro Aso visited the country to reaffirm Japan's intention to cancel debt and help develop a big industrial zone.

  • China's services sector saw its slowest rate of expansion in nearly a year and a half in December, a private sector survey showed on Friday, in another piece of evidence that a fourth-quarter economic growth revival will remain modest.

  • How Did Asia's Airline Market Perform in 2012?     Thursday, 3 Jan 2013 | 8:35 PM ET

    Rigan Wong, Equity Analyst, Asia Transportation, Citigroup says the holiday travel demand was strong due to low cost carriers' accelerated fleet expansion towards the end of 2012.

  • The Luxury Brand That's Stepping Things Up in China Thursday, 3 Jan 2013 | 7:29 PM ET
    A logo sits above the entrance to a Salvatore Ferragamo SpA store in Florence, Italy.

    Italian shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo has raised its stake in distribution companies operating in China as part of a strategy to strengthen its position in Asia.

  • Starbucks said it will set up its first outlet in in Ho Chi Minh City early next month via a partnership with Hong Kong's Maxim's Group as the U.S. chain continues to expand in fast-growing Asian markets.

  • Is 2013 the Year Japan's Economy Turns Around? Thursday, 3 Jan 2013 | 2:28 PM ET

    “Japan had disappointed so many times in the past when there were reasons to hope for a recovery,” writes Bill Witherell, chief global economist at Cumberland Advisors, in a recent commentary. But this year will be different, he says.

  • Global Markets Update: Shares Trade Mixed     Thursday, 3 Jan 2013 | 6:12 AM ET

    CNBC's Ross Westgate reports on all the market moving events from Europe, as markets showed caution over how the U.S. will tackle further budgetary battles.

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