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  • Nikkei 'Bubbly,' Correction on the Way: Ex-Minister Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 10:35 PM ET
    Eisuke Sakakibara,  professor at Waseda University and former vice minister of Japan

    Japanese equities have risen a "bit too fast" and appear to be somewhat "bubbly," according to the former vice finance minister of Japan, as the Nikkei crossed the key 15,000 on Wednesday.

  • Is Australia the Next Euro Zone? Maybe Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 10:28 PM ET

    Australia's higher-than-expected budget has raised concerns that the country could follow the same path as the highly-indebted euro zone.

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    Singapore Telecommunications posted on Wednesday a 33 percent fall in fourth quarter net profit, hurt by a one-time loss arising from the sale of its stake in Pakistan's Warid.

  • China Poised to Surpass US in Corporate Debt Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 8:37 PM ET

    China is forecast to surpass the U.S. as the world's largest corporate debt market for non-financial companies in the next two years. The Financial Times reports.

  • Loeb's Move on Sony: Did Traders Know Beforehand? Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 7:52 PM ET
    Sony TVs on display

    A surge in option market bets on Sony just before a large hedge fund investor announced a big stake has raised concerns that some traders may have had advance word of the news.

  • Pakistan Vote Boosts Bull Case for Mobius, Goldman Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 7:26 PM ET

    A victory by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Pakistan's general election has lifted stocks to an all-time high - a sign that investors, which include Goldman Sachs and Mark Mobius of Templeton, are betting on further market gains.

  • Getting Australia's Budget Back to the Black   Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 6:07 PM ET
    Getting Australia's Budget Back to the Black

    Australia's Labor government delayed its promise to return the country to a budget surplus. CNBC's Matthew Taylor reports live from Canberra.

  • It's a 'My Cousin Vinny' Market: Tepper Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 9:35 AM ET
    David Tepper, President and Founder of Appaloosa Management

    Hedge fund titan David Tepper said he's still bullish on stocks and investors shouldn't worry about the Fed tapering its massive bond-buying program.

  • BlackBerry CEO Heins Unveils New Mid-Tier Phone Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 8:56 AM ET
    Blackberry launches their new Q5 smartphone.

    BlackBerry unveiled a new mid-tier smartphone device with a physical keyboard and said its make-or-break new devices had put the company back on "solid ground."

  • Australia Delays Budget Surplus as Election Looms Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 5:39 AM ET
    Sydney, Australia.

    Australia's Labor government on Tuesday used the last budget before national elections to delay a long-promised return to surplus, blaming a stubbornly high Australian dollar and lower commodity prices for a dramatic fall in revenues.

  • India's headline inflation, which eased to its lowest level since 2009 in April, was cheered by economists who believe the doors are now open for greater support by the country's central bank.

  • This Is Now the World's Most Volatile Bond Market Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 3:03 AM ET

    Japan's radical monetary policies has created the most volatile government bond market in the world, analysts say.

  • Japan's Sharp Forecasts Return to Profit in 2014 Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 2:23 AM ET

    Sharp said it expects to rebound to an operating profit in the year to March 31 as it battles to remain viable after averting failure last year.

  • Hedge Fund Manager Loeb Targets Sony for a Breakup Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 2:21 AM ET

    American hedge fund billionaire Dan Loeb, known for starting big fights, has called for a breakup of Sony. The New York Times reports.

  • Australia's Budget Brings Day of Reckoning Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 12:35 AM ET
    Australian Treasurer  Wayne Swan

    Australia's government is expected to unveil a big budget deficit when it delivers its federal budget later on Tuesday.

  • Relax, India's Massive Gold Imports Likely a One-Off Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 12:12 AM ET

    Gold imports into the world's largest consumer of the precious metal surged 138 percent in April, widening the already ballooning current account and trade deficits. But, economists say this could be a one-off.

  • Is China Really Mulling a Lower Growth Forecast? Monday, 13 May 2013 | 11:31 PM ET

    According to local media reports, China could lower its official growth forecast to 7 percent next year – a move that suggests Beijing is growing more comfortable with slower pace of growth.

  • The Aussie Dollar Is Only Taking a Breather: Chartist Monday, 13 May 2013 | 10:30 PM ET

    The fall of the Aussie below parity against the U.S. dollar may not be the start of a downtrend for this resilient currency.

  • Li Ka-shing Cancels Sale of Hotel Units in Hong Kong Monday, 13 May 2013 | 10:28 PM ET

    Property conglomerate Cheung Kong said on Monday it will cancel sales of hotel units at a Hong Kong project after regulators ruled the deals were unauthorized investments.

  • American Found Dead in Singapore Surfed Suicide Sites Monday, 13 May 2013 | 10:12 PM ET
    Why the Worst Is Over for Singapore's Economy

    A young U.S. engineer found dead in his Singapore flat last year had accessed several websites on suicide and depression, a lawyer for the city state said. The Financial Times reports.

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