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  • Three Reasons Why Ford Can Make Lincoln Shine Monday, 4 Oct 2010 | 9:42 AM ET
    2007 Lincoln MKX

    As Ford begins to reboot Lincoln, Alan Mulally has made it clear Ford will give Lincoln a steady supply of new models for the next several years. That sends a message to Lincoln dealers.

  • GM Headquarters

    He wants to talk about GM remaking itself with an emphasis on new models, fixing its Opel division in Europe and growing the Chevy brand worldwide.

  • Paris Auto Show: Muted Optimism Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010 | 1:14 PM ET

    The Paris Auto Show is typically one of the great showcases for the auto makers from all over the world. Sure it's the "home" show for Renault, Peugeot, and Citreon, but every automaker looks to make a statement in Paris.

  • Currencies Clash in New Age of Beggar-My-Neighbour Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010 | 6:13 AM ET

    In an era of deficient demand, issuers of reserve currencies adopt monetary expansion and non-issuers respond with currency intervention. Those, like Brazil, who are not among the former and prefer not to copy the latter, find their currencies soaring. They fear the results.

  • Buying Small, Spending Big Friday, 24 Sep 2010 | 11:34 AM ET
    Customer at an auto dealership.

    There's an interesting new trend developing with American car buyers. Because of the economy, they are being much more judicious about the type and size of car they buy.

  • Japan to Release Chinese Boat Captain, Easing Tensions Friday, 24 Sep 2010 | 10:27 AM ET

    Japan has decided to release the Chinese fishing boat captain at the center of a fierce diplomatic dispute between Tokyo and Beijing, a move certain to ease frictions between the powers.

  • Japan Silent on Intervention Talk After Yen Drop Friday, 24 Sep 2010 | 6:20 AM ET
    Yen coins and banknotes

    Japanese authorities were silent after a sudden jump in the dollar against the yen that traders said was due to the Bank of Japan intervening in the currency market Friday to weaken the Japanese currency.

  • China Bans Rare Earth Exports to Japan Amid Tension Thursday, 23 Sep 2010 | 3:42 AM ET

    Escalating a dispute over Japan’s detention of a Chinese fishing trawler captain, China placed a trade embargo on all exports to Japan of some crucial rare earth elements. The New York Times reports.

  • You Can't Have it Both Ways With GM Wednesday, 22 Sep 2010 | 11:19 AM ET
    General Motors Headquarters

    By the time GM goes public, many taxpayers will be ticked off about how the company is being run. That's understandable given the nature of the federal bail out. Now those people need to realize GM is a company working towards independence and towards making choices they may not like.

  • Moves to Weaken Yen Not Over, Says Japan's Kan Wednesday, 22 Sep 2010 | 3:00 AM ET

    Japan stands ready to intervene again in foreign exchange markets, but also plans to put in place broader economic and monetary policies that will help to weaken the yen, according to Naoto Kan, the prime minister. The FT reports.

  • GM's China Syndrome Monday, 20 Sep 2010 | 10:45 AM ET
    General Motors Headquarters

    Here's something to think about: a Chinese company taking a stake in General Motors. Does it scare you? Or does the idea leave you shrugging your shoulders and saying, "so what?"

  • Halo Reach

    The West’s recent dominance in video games is spurring a growing group of Japanese game developers to ask a once-unthinkable question: can they learn from the West? The New York Times reports.

  • Stocks Close Mixed as Technology Rises Thursday, 16 Sep 2010 | 4:51 PM ET

    Stocks closed mixed as technology companies pulled the Nasdaq and Dow higher, although investors didn't have enough conviction in the future of the economy to break out of a tight trading range.  HP and Cisco rose, while Alcoa fell.

  • Stocks Remain Mixed Before Close; Tech Rises Thursday, 16 Sep 2010 | 3:49 PM ET

    Stocks remained mixed Thursday ahead of the close as technology stocks pulled the Nasdaq higher and lifted the Dow, although Wall Street largely remained locked in a tight trading range.  HP and Cisco rose, while Alcoa fell.

  • Stocks Decline, Led by Energy; HP Rises Thursday, 16 Sep 2010 | 12:39 PM ET

    Stocks clung to modest losses Thursday after a mixed batch of economic data failed to convince investors to move prices higher.  Alcoa and Bank of America fell, HP and Cisco rose.

  • GM's Akerson: ‘I Want Us to Play Offense’ Thursday, 16 Sep 2010 | 10:40 AM ET
    Daniel Akerson, Managing Director of The Carlyle Group

    "I want us on the balls of our feet." That comment from GM CEO Dan Akerson is the clearest indication the new leader at GM wants his company to move faster, be more aggressive, and win.

  • Futures Stay Weak After Claims Data, PPI Thursday, 16 Sep 2010 | 9:23 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures remained lower after a positive report on jobless claims and a 0.4 rise in the Producer Price Index.

  • Japan’s Move on Yen Lacks Global Support Thursday, 16 Sep 2010 | 8:11 AM ET
    Japanese Yen

    Other countries are unlikely to help Japan’s cause, because they need to keep their own currencies weaker to bolster exports

  • Halftime: 'Fast' Traders Best Plays on Yen Intervention Wednesday, 15 Sep 2010 | 1:31 PM ET

    The "Fast Money" traders don't think the Bank of Japan's intervention will be long-lasting, but they do have ideas on how to play it.

  • Busch: Let the Currency Games Begin! Wednesday, 15 Sep 2010 | 11:47 AM ET

    How can the Japanese get a pass to intervene when the Chinese are being criticized for essentially the same activity?