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  • 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.

  • Bank of Japan Keeps Policy on Hold, as Expected Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | 11:08 PM ET

    The Bank of Japan on Wednesday decided to keep monetary policy on hold, but one board member tried unsuccessfully to loosen the central bank's commitment to achieving its 2 percent inflation target within two years.

  • Hershey's Bites Into China, Without the Chocolate Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | 10:22 PM ET

    North America's largest chocolate manufacturer Hershey's is veering away from tradition to bite into the world's fastest growing candy market with the launch of a new milk candy made especially for China.

  • Gold Rallied for Years on 'Misunderstanding' Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | 10:19 PM ET

    According to this expert the rally in gold over several years was based on a misunderstanding, which is only now getting cleared.

  • No Sign of Stopping for China's Property Boom Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | 9:43 PM ET

    New house prices in 70 major cities rose by an average of 4.3 percent in April from a year earlier, accelerating from 3.1 percent in March. The Financial Times reports.

  • Japan Exports Disappoint, Yen Benefits Yet to Show Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | 9:15 PM ET

    Exports rose less than expected in April from a year earlier due to weak demand, underscoring the limitations of a weak yen in bolstering the trade sector.

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