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  • Is 2012 as Bad as It Gets for Hong Kong’s IPOs? Wednesday, 19 Dec 2012 | 8:00 PM ET
    Hong Kong Stock Exchange

    After hitting a four-year low in 2012, Hong Kong's once red-hot IPO market is forecast to pick up as the Chinese economy revives and boosts sentiment for fund-raising.

  • David Carbon, MD, Economics & Currencies, DBS says monetary policy has reached its limits and it now comes down to fiscal policy to boost the U.S. and European economies.

  • A Qantas A-380 takes off  in Sydney, Australia.

    Australia's competition watchdog gave conditional approval to an alliance between struggling national flag carrier Qantas Airways and Dubai's Emirates, but approved it for only five years, not 10 as had been sought.

  • Equities or Bonds in 2013?     Wednesday, 19 Dec 2012 | 6:10 PM ET

    Stephen Davies, CEO, Javelin Wealth Mgmt recommends having a well diversified portfolio as fixed income is overcrowded and interest rates remain low through next year.

  • U.S. Stocks are Not That Interesting     Wednesday, 19 Dec 2012 | 5:10 PM ET

    Mebane Faber, CIO of Cambria Investment Management says that U.S. stocks are are overvalued. He recommends looking at foreign equities like those in Europe and elsewhere.

  • South Korea Set to Get Its First Woman President Wednesday, 19 Dec 2012 | 9:24 AM ET
    Park Geun-hye

    The daughter of a former military ruler took a commanding lead in South Korea's presidential election on Wednesday, putting her on track to become the country's first woman head of state.

  • Nikkei Surges to 8.5-Month High     Wednesday, 19 Dec 2012 | 5:10 AM ET

    CNBC's Deidre Wang Morris says the weak yen is fueling a rally in Japanese equities.

  • Having Trouble With China, Southeast Asia Looks to India Wednesday, 19 Dec 2012 | 3:13 AM ET

    The dozens of vehicles that roared into northeast India this week on a rally from Indonesia symbolize deeper ties between the South Asian giant and Southeast Asia, but the dreadful roads along several parts of the 8,000 km journey also show how much remains to be done.

  • Even Gold Bull Jim Rogers Is Turning Cautious Wednesday, 19 Dec 2012 | 2:16 AM ET
    Jim Rogers

    With gold prices being hammered in recent weeks, and trading near four-month lows on Wednesday, longtime gold bull Jim Rogers is sounding a word of caution, saying it's possible the correction in bullion may continue into the new year.

  • Why Falling Yen May Trigger Rise in Asian Stocks Wednesday, 19 Dec 2012 | 1:55 AM ET

    The Japanese yen has fallen about 6 percent over the past one month, and is expected to weaken further. As the weaker currency increases the Japanese economy's competitiveness, it's also likely to boost sentiment for Asian equities, said analysts.

  • If This Happens, Singapore Home Prices Will Fall Wednesday, 19 Dec 2012 | 1:35 AM ET

    Private home prices in this Southeast Asian financial hub have risen a whopping 56 percent since the global financial crisis, and most analysts expect this upward trajectory to continue into the new year, even as the market faces a drop in sales volumes amid a somber growth outlook. So what will it take for Singapore property prices to fall?

  • Fast food giant KFC's Chinese subsidiary pledged on Tuesday to work with authorities in investigating claims by state television that its chicken suppliers had injected anti-viral drugs and growth hormones in its poultry.

  • Esprit store

    Shares of Esprit Holdings fell nearly 7 percent to a one-month low on Wednesday after the Europe-focused retailer warned of a possible loss for the six months ending in December, triggering a raft of broker downgrades.

  • Outlook on South Korea's Economy     Tuesday, 18 Dec 2012 | 8:45 PM ET

    Troy Stangarone, Senior Director of Congressional Affairs & Trade at Korea Economic Institute discusses South Korea's elections and economy.

  • Sino-US Trade Relations     Tuesday, 18 Dec 2012 | 8:35 PM ET

    Michael Czinkota, Associate Professor at Georgetown University discusses Wang Qishan's trip to the United States.

  • A Return to Risk Assets in 2013?     Tuesday, 18 Dec 2012 | 7:10 PM ET

    Johanna Chua, Chief Economist, Asia Pacific, Citi sees a further rally in risk assets in 2013. She expects Northeast Asian equity markets and higher yielding bonds to do well.

  • The Indian parliament cleared a path for more foreign investment in the banking sector by approving a bill to increase shareholders' voting rights.

  • Australian surf wear company Billabong International said on Wednesday it has received a $556 million takeover bid for the company, the latest development in a tumultuous year in which three previous takeover offers failed.

  • Australian Growth to Rise in 2013: Analyst     Tuesday, 18 Dec 2012 | 6:10 PM ET

    Paul Bloxham, Chief Economist for Australia and New Zealand, HSBC says that Australia's economy will pick up next year as the Chinese economy is on course to bottom out.

  • Taking A Look At Sino- U.S. Relations     Tuesday, 18 Dec 2012 | 5:30 PM ET

    Kerry Brown, Executive Director, China Studies Center, University of Sydney discusses China's new foreign policy approach to the U.S. as Wang Qishan visits Washington.

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