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  • China’s Economic Outlook Just Keeps Getting Worse Thursday, 23 May 2013 | 12:47 AM ET

    The unexpected contraction in China's factory activity in May has heightened the risk of a further slowdown in the second quarter, after the economy grew at its slowest pace in three years over January to March, said economists.

  • Bottom Line on Singapore GDP: Curb Your Enthusiasm Thursday, 23 May 2013 | 12:38 AM ET
    Singapore skyline

    Singapore's economy grew unexpectedly in the first quarter of the year but the manufacturing sector remains weak.

  • Bond Bubble Fears Return for Emerging Asia Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 11:50 PM ET
    Jakarta

    The hot money flooding out of the west in search of higher returns in growing markets has stoked fears about the biggest credit boom in Asia. The Financial Times reports.

  • Hackers Find China Is a Land of Opportunity Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 11:18 PM ET

    Hacking in China thrives across official, corporate and criminal worlds and is openly discussed and promoted, whether for breaking into private networks, tracking dissent or stealing trade secrets. The New York Times reports.

  • China's Factory Activity Shrinks as Orders Fall Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 9:49 PM ET

    China's factory activity shrank for the first time in seven months in May as new orders fell, a preliminary survey of purchasing managers showed, adding to concerns that a recovery in the world's second-largest economy is sputtering.

  • Ford to Close Australia Auto Plants in 2016 Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 9:06 PM ET

    Ford said on Thursday it is closing its two Australian auto plants and will cease production in the country in 2016.

  • Japan Investors Go Back to Selling Foreign Bonds Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 8:56 PM ET

    Japanese investors sold 804.4 billion yen ($7.8 billion) worth of foreign bonds last week after three straight weeks of net buying, as they took advantage of the soft yen.

  • Singapore Economy Posts Surprising Expansion Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 8:19 PM ET
    Singapore's business district skyline at dusk

    Singapore on Thursday reported a surprise expansion in its economy in the first quarter, helped by a surge in financial services as trading in stocks and foreign exchange soared.

  • Sex or Smartphone? Women Prefer the Gadgets Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 10:36 AM ET

    More women in the U.S. would rather give up sex than their mobile device for a week, according to a recent survey.

  • Why Millionaire Investors Are Holding On to Cash Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 10:35 AM ET

    Survey after survey shows that the wealthy are back to pre-crisis boom years when it comes to their outlook for their own finances, their investments and their retirements. But many of them are still sitting on lots of cash.

  • Microsoft Xbox Takes on Apple, Google With Smart TV Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 7:37 AM ET
    Microsoft's Xbox One.

    Microsoft unveiled its long-anticipated next generation console Xbox One on Tuesday, but it was its inclusion of live TV, rather than its gaming capabilities that set tongues wagging.

  • Bank of Japan to Bond Markets: We Hear You Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 6:06 AM ET
    Bank of Japan headquarters in Tokyo, Japan

    The Bank of Japan ended a two-day meeting on Wednesday with a decision to leave monetary policy unchanged and a promise to monitor volatile bond markets.

  • Two Global Companies Just Moved for Tax Reasons Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 5:41 AM ET

    Even as Apple faced a grilling from lawmakers over its tax avoidance schemes, two more companies revealed they would move jurisdictions to lighten their tax burden.

  • China Growth to Hit 9% by Mid-2014: Deutsche Bank Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 5:32 AM ET

    There may be fewer China bulls around these days, but Deutsche Bank remains optimistic about the outlook for the economy, forecasting growth will peak at 9 percent around mid-2014.

  • The World's Biggest Carry Trades Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 5:22 AM ET

    The Bank of Japan's plan to double the country's money supply over the next two years has put the spotlight back on the global carry trade. We've identified some of the biggest carry trades based on either the interest rate differential or their popularity.

  • Sony to Assess Loeb Spin-Off Plan; Cuts Targets Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 2:12 AM ET
    Sony's Xperia Z

    Sony cut its sales targets for digital cameras, smartphones, and tablets, but said there were "encouraging" signs of a revival in its electronics business.

  • Are Reluctant Consumers Australia's Next Headwind? Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 1:27 AM ET

    On top of a slowdown in Australia's lucrative mining sector, consumer sentiment in the country appears to have deteriorated sharply, posing a challenge to the central bank.

  • Weak Yen Won't Stop Our Push Outside Japan: Lexus Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 12:59 AM ET

    The recent weakness in the Japanese yen is not coming in the way of the country's luxury carmaker Lexus International's plans to invest overseas, said a senior company executive.

  • Forget the Headlines: Chinese Buying Big in US Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 12:00 AM ET
    China Construction of America has successfully bid for state-level and municipal projects in the United  States, such as the $407 million Alexander Hamilton Bridge rehabilitation, seen here.

    Despite all the negative headlines, Chinese investment in the US hit an all-time record in 2012: $6.5 billion. It will likely surpass that level in 2013.

  • Australia Consumer Confidence Falls Sharply Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | 11:26 PM ET

    A measure of Australian consumer confidence fell sharply in May as households reacted negatively to the government's budget announcement, even after a cut in interest rates to a record low.

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