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  • Strong debut for first Chinese IPOs in 4 months Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 10:33 PM ET

    Shares of three Chinese firms soared in their Shenzhen stock exchange debuts on Thursday, the first mainland listings in over four months.

  • SGX to launch physically-backed gold contract Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 1:13 AM ET
    Signage for the SGX Centre, which houses the Singapore Exchange Ltd headquarters.

    The Singapore Exchange said it will launch a physically deliverable gold contract to meet demand in Asia, the top consumer of the precious metal.

  • China brands putting Apple suppliers under threat Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | 12:44 AM ET
    Models demonstrate Huawei Ascend P7 smartphones.

    A swift rise in competition from China threatens an important pillar of Taiwan's economy, according to Barclays: the tech hardware industry.

  • China's property sector is primed for a shake-up Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 7:29 PM ET
    At a property trade fair in Beijing, China

    An oversupply of residential property and market slowdown have left Chinese developers with a bad cash crunch, revealing China's real estate downturn.

  • Why Abenomics and Modinomics are poles apart Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 7:37 PM ET
    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    It’s not too difficult to see similarities between Modinomics and Abenomics but the economic policies of the Indian and Japanese leaders are also very different, analysts say.

  • China’s risky borrowers really getting a better deal? Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 7:04 PM ET

    China shadow banks have lower lending rates than traditional banks, China Beige Book data show, but it may not signal a hiccup in efforts to curb the sector.

  • North Korea issues threat over movie release Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 12:13 PM ET
    Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg attend the photocall of the movie 'The Interview' on June 18, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.

    N. Korea is threatening retaliation if the U.S. does not stop the release of the comedy movie, "The Interview."

  • China billionaire to take 250 NYC homeless to lunch Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 8:16 AM ET
    Chinese billionaire philanthropist Chen Guangbiao, chairman of Jiangsu Huangpu Renewable Resources Utilization.

    Chinese billionaire Chen Guangbiao promises free lunch at Boathouse in Central Park and 300 dollars to 250 of NY's homeless.

  • Japan bets on making fuel-cell cars a reality Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 1:15 AM ET

    Japan's government and top carmakers are betting big that they can speed up the arrival of the fuel cell era: a technology that uses hydrogen as fuel.

  • Shinzo Abe misses with 'third arrow', again Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 12:07 AM ET

    Japan PM Abe's revamped growth strategy fell short of its hype, failing to provide critical details on how the proposed reforms would be employed.

  • Meet Southeast Asia’s answer to Uber Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 11:03 PM ET
    A woman takes a taxi with a special stickers that say 'women taxi' in Putra Jaya, outside Kuala Lumpur.

    KL taxi drivers are known for their reluctance to use the meter. But now the app GrabTaxi allows users to check drivers' backgrounds and gauge fares.

  • Will 'Occupy Central' hurt Hong Kong? Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 6:37 PM ET
    Demonstrators supporting the 'occupy central' movement display placards asking residents to cast ballots for the referendum on three proposals outlining rules for the chief executive election.

    As a pro-democracy movement gains steam in Hong Kong, some worry the campaign could hurt the city's competitiveness and rattle its financial market.

  • Asia turns on the taps for tech funding Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 8:05 PM ET
    Members of staff walk past a security guard at the headquarters of the Alibaba Group in Hangzhou, China.

    When bosses of U.S. video messaging app Tango were on the lookout for a strategic partner, they turned in the direction of Hangzhou.

  • This market’s in a sweet spot thanks to Apple Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 7:05 PM ET
    An attendee holds an Adata Technology power bank charger during the Computex Taipei 2014 expo.

    In a sluggish year for Asian exporters, Taiwan's economy and stock market are in a "sweet spot" thanks to Taiwan's position in the tech supply chain.

  • Japan's Abe fires 'Third Arrow' of reforms Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 4:55 AM ET
    Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.

    Japan's prime minister unveils package of measures aimed to boost long-term growth -- from corporate tax cuts to a bigger role for women.

  • Japan lawmaker in trouble over sexist remark Monday, 23 Jun 2014 | 9:39 PM ET
    Akihiro Suzuki (R), a member of the Tokyo metropolitan assembly, bows to Ayaka Shiomura, a fellow assembly member, to apologize for his sexist jeer during a recent event, at Tokyo city hall.

    A Japanese lawmaker apologized for telling a female member of the Tokyo city assembly to "hurry up and get married", which embarrassed the government.

  • Flight MH370 pilot simulated Indian Ocean flight Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 12:28 PM ET
    Malaysia Airline passenger jet parked on the tarmac at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

    The pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet used his personal flight simulator to practice journeys to the Indian Ocean, reports NBC News.

  • Malaysia: Next emerging market whipping boy? Monday, 23 Jun 2014 | 7:07 PM ET

    Malaysia could be more vulnerable to capital outflows than its emerging market peers like Indonesia when the Fed hikes rates, warn market watchers.

  • Is Bank of Japan at risk of QE failure? Monday, 23 Jun 2014 | 11:33 PM ET

    The unprecedented quantitative easing program the Bank of Japan launched last year could be at risk of failure, Oxford Economics says.

  • Election anxiety looms over Indonesia markets Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 12:09 AM ET
    Indonesian frontrunner and presidential candidate Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo addresses supporters during a campaign rally in his hometown Solo city, central Java island.

    Indonesia's presidential election is two weeks away and a narrowing lead for frontrunner Joko "Jokowi" Widodo spells uncertainty for local markets.

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