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  • Automakers Looking at Add Plants in US Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 11:23 AM ET

    Big 3 executives will be careful to publicly play down expansion talk, but make no mistake, they see the need coming much faster than anyone expected.

  • New 4G iPad Could Hit a Speed Bump in Asia: Expert Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 6:02 AM ET

    One technology expert warns that the high-speed connectivity of the new iPad may not be applicable to Asia's wireless networks.

  • Global Economy: A Tale of Two Worlds     Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 | 7:51 PM ET

    Gerard Lyons, Chief Economist & Group Head of Global Research, Standard Chartered Bank, say a big problem is brewing in Europe, the U.S. economy is picking up and Asia's fundamentals are still strong.

  • Weakening Office Market in HK: Swire Properties     Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 | 7:42 PM ET

    Martin Cubbon, CEO of Swire Properties Gerard Lyons, Chief Economist & Group Head of Global Research, Standard Chartered Bank talk about Hong Kong's retail and office property market.

  • Auto Sales in Overdrive in Emerging Markets     Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 | 2:41 PM ET

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports on blockbuster auto sales in Asia. And Jeremy Anwyl, Edmunds.com, discusses whether Asia is the next new huge market auto parts suppliers.

  • China Traffic

    Want to know how rapidly China’s auto market is growing? A new report from IHS Automotive forecasts annual auto sales in China will grow by 74% to more than 30.6 million vehicles a year.

  • Fed's Stress Test Results Can't Be Trusted: Strategist Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 | 6:09 AM ET
    United States Federal Reserve

    Despite the rally in U.S. financial stocks following the results of the Federal Reserve's annual bank stress test, which showed majority of the banks had sufficient capital buffers, one analyst is still skeptical about the health of the sector.

  • WTO Action Will Not Solve Rare Earths Supply Woes: Pro Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 | 3:17 AM ET
    Ultrapure Cerium

    A day after the United States, the European Union and Japan filed a joint complaint to the World Trade Organization against China’s export restrictions on strategic rare earth metals, the President of  exploration firm U.S. Rare Earths tells CNBC that the trade case will not help solve current supply issues.

  • India Inflation Optimism Overdone, Rate Cut Unlikely Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 | 3:15 AM ET
    Passers by are reflected on the logo of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) outside its headquarters in Mumbai on January 29, 2010. India's central bank kept interest rates on hold Friday but moved to drain liquidity from the banking system in a bid to tame surging inflation without hurting economic recovery. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) boosted its cash reserve ratio -- the sum commercial banks keep on deposit -- by a higher-than-expected 75 basis points to 5.75 percent in what it said was a bi

    Despite rapidly slowing growth, India’s central bank will not cut rates at its meeting on Thursday, because inflation continues to be a threat, says Rajeev Malik.

  • Obama Announces Complaint Against China     Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 | 7:35 PM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood has the story on President Obama's complaint with the World Trade Organization on China going against the rules on rare earth minerals; with John Rutledge, former Reagan economic adviser; Peter Kiernan, Kiernan Ventures, and Stephen Fenwick, DHL Express Americas.

  • Fundamentals Improving in Asia     Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 | 7:10 PM ET

    Paul Gruenwald, Chief Economist, Asia Pacific, ANZ, says Asian economies shouldn't wait around for U.S. consumers to recover. Instead, we should aim for "Asian consumers for Asian production."

  • Buy Large Cap Multinational Stocks: Expert     Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 | 6:18 PM ET

    Jim Awad, Managing Director, Zephyr Management, explains why he thinks QE3 will bring unforeseen circumstances if it was put into place now. He recommends stocks in large cap multinationals and emerging market companies.

  • U.S. Pursues China on Rare Earths     Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 | 2:11 PM ET

    President Obama announced that the U.S., Europe, and Japan are bringing a trade case against China on rare earths. Ron Kirk, U.S. Trade Representative, weighs in. "We are hopeful that China will engage with us and correct its behavior," he says.

  • Charting Asia | Cotton Weekly Monday, 12 Mar 2012 | 11:54 PM ET
  • VW Revs Up Profits and Pressure on GM Monday, 12 Mar 2012 | 12:35 PM ET
    2012 Volkswagen Beetle

    As annual profits go, Volkswagen hit it out of the park. In fact, the record profit the German automaker announced at its annual meeting on Monday will have a lot of people wondering why it made nearly triple the amount of money GM did last year.

  • Chinese Universities Send Big Signals to Foreigners Monday, 12 Mar 2012 | 12:26 AM ET

    In the 1990s, Jeffrey S. Lehman, then the dean of the University of Michigan Law School, began visiting Beijing to help open a program for members of his faculty to teach at Peking University’s law school during the summer, the NYT reports.

  • Despite recording the largest monthly trade deficit in two decades, Uwe Parpart, MD & head of research at Reorient Financial Markets says the pick up in China's imports reflects strength in its domestic economy.

  • Hong Kong Office Space Is World’s Most Costly Sunday, 11 Mar 2012 | 9:47 PM ET

    Hong Kong has unseated London as the world’s most expensive place to take up office space, highlighting the growing appetite from banks to increase their presence in Asia, the FT reports.

  • Rajiv Biswas, Senior Director and Asia-Pacific Chief Economist, IHS Global Insight, explains why Indonesia has enjoyed strong macroeconomic performance under President Yudhoyono, but cautions that investors may face economic hurdles when he steps down in 2014.

  • BoJ to Ease Policy Further     Sunday, 11 Mar 2012 | 8:36 PM ET

    Christian Carrillo, Head of Asia-Pacific Interest Rate Strategy, Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking, says the Bank of Japan will increase its asset purchase program and inject more liquidity into the Japanese economy as the country fights persistent deflation.

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