Microsoft plans to close two of its factories in China by the end of March, according to the Dow Jones News Service.
General Motors is to stop making cars in Indonesia, leading to a closure of an assembly plant and axing some 500 jobs.
Samsung Electronics will freeze wages in 2015 for South Korea's employees for the first time in six years, after Apple saw profits fall.
South Korea's highest court struck down a decades-old law banning adultery, sending shares in the country's biggest condom maker surging.
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Cole Smead, managing director at Smead Capital Management, explains why the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates sooner rather than later.
Jeremy Stretch, head of FX Strategy at CIBC, says an improving growth picture and the launch of quantitative easing paint an optimistic scenario for European stock markets.
Manpreet Gill, senior investment strategist at Standard Chartered, says European equities will likely outperform their U.S. counterparts due to factors like the ECB's quantitative easing.