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  • How you can trade this hotly-contested election Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | 12:32 AM ET

    As Australia faces the most hotly-contested federal election in recent memory, markets are looking to position their trades ahead of a vote that could end of years of a minority government.

  • The battered Aussie dollar is a popular short for currency traders at the moment, but one economist says the market has got it wrong and the Aussie is, in fact, a 'screaming buy.'

  • The quiet evolution of the Singapore consumer Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | 12:00 AM ET

    Singapore’s affluent and well-traveled consumers are helping shape new shopping trends in the city-state, analysts say.

  • Investors brace for more China data Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 8:05 PM ET

    Investors look to a batch of Chinese data for evidence that a strong bounce in July trade was not a fluke and that the economy is stabilizing after two years of slowing growth.

  • The mysterious Asian middleman behind your clothes Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 2:22 PM ET
    Demonstrators stand outside of the Li Fung tower in Hong Kong as they protest over what they say are unpaid wages owed to textile workers in Turkey by Li and Fung and garment brand Esprit.

    Li & Fung has long been on the cutting edge of globalization, chasing cheap labor to garment factories first in China, then elsewhere in Asia, including Bangladesh.

  • Like in cricket, Australia's dollar has lost its edge Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 8:59 AM ET
    Michael Clarke (R) and Steve Smith of Australia look dejected after failing to take a catch during an Ashes Test.

    It was not so long ago that the Australian cricket team appeared invincible - and its economy looked just as strong. Not any more.

  • China drug sector probe widens as Novo site visited Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 6:07 AM ET

    Chinese authorities have visited a site operated by Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk, the latest evidence of a widening investigation into Western drugmakers.

  • India swoons, and investors should stay alert Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 6:00 AM ET

    The broad-based selloff in emerging markets has pushed the Indian currency into free fall, underscoring the need for investors to tread cautiously.

  • BRIC growth honeymoon is over: OECD Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 5:59 AM ET
    Construction workers watch as the final steel beam is put in place for the topping out of the Shanghai Tower.

    Brazil, Russia, India and China are showing worrying signs of a decline in economic growth, while the U.S. and U.K. area are in far better shape.

  • China's trade data surge past expectations Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 2:00 AM ET

    China posted stronger-than-expected trade figures on Thursday, the latest in a string of upbeat data and raising hopes that the world's second biggest economy may be stabilizing.

  • Is the best trade of 2013 losing its luster? Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 2:00 AM ET

    Betting on yen weakness has been touted as the trade of the year, but analysts are starting to question if the popular wager is losing its luster.

  • Rio Tinto to hang on to loss-making aluminium arm Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 1:40 AM ET
    A mine worker looks at a train loader at Rio Tinto Group's West Angelas iron ore mine in Pilbara, Australia.

    Global miner Rio Tinto signaled it has given up hope of ditching its Pacific Aluminium business, as it reported an 18 percent drop in first-half underlying earnings.

  • Why the Bank of Japan is right to stay 'passive' Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 12:11 AM ET

    By refraining from adding further to its unprecedented monetary stimulus, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) has signaled increasing confidence in the nation's economic recovery, analysts told CNBC.

  • Will Bank of Japan offer a rosier view of the economy? Wednesday, 7 Aug 2013 | 9:29 PM ET

    The Bank of Japan is to maintain its massive monetary stimulus on Thursday while board debates whether growing signs from prices justify offering a rosier view on the economy.

  • China bird flu strain spreads human-to-human Wednesday, 7 Aug 2013 | 8:29 PM ET
    Chickens at a poultry farm in Liaocheng, China

    Chinese scientists have discovered the first case of human-to-human transmission of the H7N9 bird flu.

  • Toyota recalls over 340,000 compact pickups Wednesday, 7 Aug 2013 | 4:11 PM ET
    2008 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

    The latest in a slew of safety-related problems involving the pickup is a seat belt issue that could increase the risk of injuries and even fatalities in the event of a collision.

  • Wal-Mart may bid for Li's supermarkets Wednesday, 7 Aug 2013 | 8:33 AM ET

    Wal-Mart Stores is considering making a bid for the Hong Kong supermarket business being sold by a company controlled by Asia's richest man Li Ka-shing, according to sources.

  • Chinese judges fired for cavorting with prostitutes Wednesday, 7 Aug 2013 | 6:47 AM ET

    Two Chinese judges and an official of the Shanghai high court have been expelled from the Communist Party and dismissed from their jobs after being seen on video apparently consorting with prostitutes in glitzy nightclubs, the New York Times reports.

  • The appointment of a new head of the Indian central bank seems like a promising step, but Raghuram Rajan has his work cut out for him.

  • China market bounce: trend change or false alarm? Wednesday, 7 Aug 2013 | 3:45 AM ET

    The recent rebound in China's equities has generated some optimism that the country's beleaguered stock market may be set for a turnaround.

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