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  • Asia Ends Up; KOSPI Hits Fresh Closing High Wednesday, 12 Jan 2011 | 4:24 AM ET

    Asian stocks rose on Wednesday as global markets halted recent losing streaks and posted modest gains on the back of solid earnings reports and positive broker comments, while investors await the outcome of debt issuance in the euro zone.

  • History Doesn’t Always Repeat Itself Tuesday, 11 Jan 2011 | 7:14 PM ET

    Hey, did you hear? The U.S. today is like Japan in the 1990s. (Well, maybe not.)

  • Akio Returns; Can Toyota Regain Its Mojo? Tuesday, 11 Jan 2011 | 12:27 PM ET
    2010 Toyota Prius

    When Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda walked on to the stage before his company unveiled a new line of Prius hybrid models, it was a reminder of where Toyota has been in the last year.

  • Busch: Is the US Next In Line to Bail Out Europe? Tuesday, 11 Jan 2011 | 12:05 PM ET

    Today, Japanese Finance Minister Noda said that Japan would use its existing euro foreign exchange reserves to buy a large portion of the bonds issued by the European Financial Stability Fund.

  • Asia Ends Mixed; EU Debt, Earnings Eyed Tuesday, 11 Jan 2011 | 5:57 AM ET

    Asian stock markets ended mixed on Tuesday as government debt burdens in Europe weighed on investor sentiment.

  • The Buzz Is Back in Detroit Monday, 10 Jan 2011 | 9:52 AM ET

    It's rare when you see auto execs truly excited at an auto show. Typically, they show the requisite enthusiasm, but for them the auto show is just another part of the job. That makes the vibe at this year's auto show that much different.

  • Facebook Wins Relatively Few Friends in Japan Monday, 10 Jan 2011 | 8:14 AM ET

    As Goldman Sachs pours $450 million into Facebook, Japan, with a large and growing online advertising market, is a big hole in Facebook’s global fabric, the New York Times reports.

  • Asia Ends Lower after Lackluster US Jobs Data Monday, 10 Jan 2011 | 4:43 AM ET

    Asian stocks mostly traded to the downside on Monday, after a lackluster U.S. job report drove Wall Street lower Friday, but trading volume was light with Japan markets closed for a public holiday.

  • Alan Mulally Has a New Line Friday, 7 Jan 2011 | 4:59 PM ET
    Alan Mullaly at CES

    Alan Mulally has a new line: "Ford, The App of Choice for Car Buyers." Not bad Alan. It's a clever twist on your standard, "Ford, buy one." And with Ford jumping into the electric car race with the Focus Electric, the line works.

  • Asia Ends Mixed Ahead of US Jobs Data Friday, 7 Jan 2011 | 5:50 AM ET

    Asian markets ended mixed on Friday as investors stayed cautious ahead of the U.S. nonfarm payrolls report.

  • CES: The ‘New’ Auto Show Thursday, 6 Jan 2011 | 10:34 AM ET
    Ford Sync

    A few years ago, CES was an interesting side note before the Detroit Auto Show. No longer. As technology and in-car connectivity become a bigger factor in why people buy a car or truck, it's imperative for the automakers to make a big splash at CES.

  • Asia Ends Mixed; Nikkei at 8-Month High Thursday, 6 Jan 2011 | 5:27 AM ET

    Japanese shares rallied on Thursday as investors snapped up shares of Japanese exporters after the dollar hit two-week highs against the yen, but markets elsewhere in Asia were more subdued ahead of the influential U.S. non-farm payrolls report. 

  • Asia Stocks End Mixed; Resources Dip Wednesday, 5 Jan 2011 | 6:24 AM ET

    Asian markets closed mixed on Wednesday following a broad commodities selloff but losses were limited as stronger-than expected U.S. factory data lent support.

  • December/2010 Sales Show Toyota's Resilience Tuesday, 4 Jan 2011 | 2:56 PM ET
    Tustin Toyota dealership in Tustin, California.

    December sales delivered few surprises. They were better than expected, with the GM, Ford and Chrysler all ending the year on a roll. And then there is Toyota.

  • In Japan, Pfizer Is Short of Drug to Help Smokers Tuesday, 4 Jan 2011 | 11:42 AM ET

    When the Japanese government raised the tax on cigarettes on Oct. 1, it could have started a public health revolution in this land of heavy smokers. The New York Times reports.

  • Japan Leads Asia on Signs of US Recovery Tuesday, 4 Jan 2011 | 4:35 AM ET

    Japanese stocks led Asian equities higher on Tuesday, climbing to their highest since May, with investors betting the improving U.S. recovery may be reflected in jobs data later in the week.

  • Seoul Closes at Record High; HK Leaps Monday, 3 Jan 2011 | 4:37 AM ET

    South Korean shares stole the limelight on the first trading day of 2011 as the KOSPI rose nearly 1 percent to end at a record closing high. But volume was thin overall with many major markets closed for a public holiday.

  • Love or Hate GM, The Buy Ratings Make Sense Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 | 9:53 AM ET
    General Motors Headquarters

    I was waiting for this. As soon as GM stock started to pick up momentum or get buy ratings on Wall Street, the "anti-GM brigade" would immediately scream.

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    Japanese factory output rose for the first time in six months in November and manufacturers expect to boost production in coming months, suggesting that firm demand in Asia will help the economy resume a recovery early next year.

  • Busch: 5 Things You Need to Know Today Monday, 27 Dec 2010 | 11:20 AM ET

    Five things you should be aware of today: China raised interest rates 25 basis points. Japan readies for 2011 FX intervention. Most of the markets are closed due to holidays and weather. Predictions for 2011. And US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is set to stay.