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  • Asian Stocks Struggle on Recovery Concerns Friday, 25 Jun 2010 | 2:56 AM ET

    Asian stocks struggled on Friday, after fresh signs of consumer weakness and worries about stringent financial regulation sent Wall Street lower.

  • Getting Divorced? Let’s Throw a Party! Thursday, 24 Jun 2010 | 1:48 PM ET

    There's a new trend coming out of Japan that's sure to make its way to U.S. shores — divorce ceremonies! "Do you, [state your name], promise to neither love nor cherish this woman, so long as you live?"

  • Asian Stocks End Mostly Lower, Australia Dips Thursday, 24 Jun 2010 | 7:25 AM ET

    Asian stock markets ended mostly lower Thursday after paring earlier gains on the back of leadership changes in Australia.

  • Auto Strikes in China, Signs of a Maturing Market Wednesday, 23 Jun 2010 | 10:34 AM ET

    China is going through the labor unrest and growing pains that you would expect in a country that pass up the U.S. in auto sales last year. In the last two months there have been strikes and labor unrest at different auto plants in China. Compared to some of the doozies in the past here in the U.S., these are mild. But I suspect this is just the beginning.

  • Asia Falls as US Housing Data Spark Recovery Fears Wednesday, 23 Jun 2010 | 4:03 AM ET

    Asian stocks slid on Wednesday after Wall Street closed lower as an unexpected fall in poor U.S. housing data added to worries about the fragility of the global economic recovery and optimism over China's promise to make the yuan more flexible faded further.

  • Chick Car? Not So Easy To Tell Tuesday, 22 Jun 2010 | 10:35 AM ET
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    For years people have derisively said, "oh that's a chick car" when describing a certain model supposedly favored by women. Whenever I would hear people in the auto industry use this term, I'd think to myself, "Talk about making a broad, often incorrect generalization."

  • Skeptics Voice Doubt About Domestic Quality Monday, 21 Jun 2010 | 11:05 AM ET

    It's ok to admit it. It's ok to say that you are skeptical of the J.D. Power report that the Big 3 have passed up foreign automakers when it comes to quality. There are more than a few of you out there who e-mailed me last week to say that you aren't buying it.

  • A Bold Move by Toyota to Keep Up With Competitors? Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 1:55 PM ET
    Toyota Dealership

    There are reports out of Japan that Toyota is setting a target of cutting prices 30% by 2013 in a strategy shift designed to keep up with hard charging competitors Volkswagen and Hyundai.

  • Moratorium Could Help BP: Oil Researcher Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 11:56 AM ET

    The Obama administration's six-month moratorium on oil drilling could benefit BP, John Kingston, director of oil at Platts, a provider of energy information, told CNBC.

  • Asia Drifts, Shanghai Drops on Growth Worries Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 6:15 AM ET

    Asian stocks were mixed in directionless trade on Friday, after Wall Street closed with slight gains.

  • Detroit Finally Passes Foreign Competition in Quality Thursday, 17 Jun 2010 | 1:00 PM ET

    For the first time ever, the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study has found America's automakers build new models with fewer problems than their foreign competitors.

  • Asian Stocks Drift, Nikkei Ends Below 10,000 Thursday, 17 Jun 2010 | 5:20 AM ET

    Asian stock markets traded rangebound on Thursday, after major indices on Wall Street ended mostly flat on mixed economic data and a disappointing outlook from FedEx.

  • Asia Higher on US Rally, Nikkei Up 1.8% Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010 | 5:36 AM ET

    Asian stocks jumped  on Wednesday, after a number of successful European debt auctions eased investor concerns about the euro zone's solvency crisis.

  • VW Tries to Jumpstart US Interest with New Jetta Tuesday, 15 Jun 2010 | 2:26 PM ET
    2011 Volkswagen Jetta

    Despite a woeful track record in the U.S. In the last ten years, they haven't given up on winning over Americans. In fact, the folks at VW believe they can eventually sell a million vehicles here in the U.S. It's an ambitious goal for a company that sold roughly 300,000 (including it's luxury line Audi) here last year.

  • Asian Stocks Drift after Greece's Downgrade Tuesday, 15 Jun 2010 | 7:12 AM ET

    Asian stocks were rangebound in cautious trade on Tuesday, following Moody's downgrade of Greece's debt to junk status.

  • Automakers Waiting for a Summer Surge Monday, 14 Jun 2010 | 11:54 AM ET

    They're all increasing production. Building more cars and trucks, gearing up for what we've been told to expect: a steady increase in auto sales. But increasingly, there are indications we may not see a summer surge.

  • Asian Stocks Hit 1-Month Highs, Techs Climb Monday, 14 Jun 2010 | 7:49 AM ET

    Asian stocks rose to a one-month high on Monday, led by a rally in the technology sector, after semiconductor chipmakers last week gave positive news about demand, helping Wall Street recover early losses on Friday.

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    An ad placed in Japanese magazines by the Ministry of Finance shows that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

  • Asian Stocks End Higher After US Rally Friday, 11 Jun 2010 | 5:43 AM ET

    Asian stocks jumped on Friday, following a rally on Wall Street which saw all three major indices gaining nearly 3 percent.

  • Asia Climbs on Strong Chinese Data Thursday, 10 Jun 2010 | 2:55 AM ET

    Asian shares climbed on Thursday, with Tokyo and Taipei up over 1 percent, as better-than-expected Chinese exports added to optimism that the global economic recovery is on track.