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  • Asian Shares Rally to 2009 Highs on Earnings Hopes Monday, 20 Jul 2009 | 4:20 AM ET

    Asian stocks rallied to their highest levels this year on Monday, fueled by Wall Street's best week in four months and upbeat sentiment toward U.S. earnings in the second quarter.

  • Asian Markets Rise, But Jakarta Blasts Cap Gains Friday, 17 Jul 2009 | 5:30 AM ET

    Most Asian markets extended gains Friday as key U.S. earnings reports beat expectations, fueling hopes that the global recession is receding, but deadly explosions at two Jakarta hotels weighed on Indonesia stocks and the rupiah.

  • Asian Stocks Power to One-Month High Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | 5:11 AM ET

    Asian markets jumped Thursday, buoyed by strong U.S. earnings and global recovery hopes after China's economy grew faster than forecast in the second quarter.

  • Asian Markets Cheered by Intel, Yen Takes a Breather Wednesday, 15 Jul 2009 | 2:28 AM ET

    Asian markets extended gains Wednesday as blockbuster results from Intel seemed to augur well for the U.S. earnings season and for consumer demand globally. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index also managed to breach the 18,000 level.  

  • Charts Predict: Nikkei Could Fall to 8,000 Tuesday, 14 Jul 2009 | 5:49 AM ET

    The Nikkei 225 is still in a bear market and could drop toward 8,000 points if it falls below a support level at 9,000 points, Roelof van den Akker, chartist at from ING Wholesale Banking, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Asian Markets Bounce, Japan Breaks Losing Streak Tuesday, 14 Jul 2009 | 5:12 AM ET

    Asian stocks bounced Tuesday, extending gains as a rally in U.S. financial shares helped Japan break a 10-session losing streak, while also reversing a little of the recent safe-haven rush into the yen.

  • Japan's Nikkei fell for a ninth straight session Monday as concerns about company earnings outlooks weighed on Asian stocks, while oil languished near a six-week low as faith in a rapid economic recovery faded.

  • Maximum Bob Goes Full Throttle For GM Friday, 10 Jul 2009 | 9:04 AM ET
    Robert Lutz, as General Motors vice chairman.

    As GM emerges from bankruptcy Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, who had been scheduled to retire at the end of this year, will take over GM's marketing and communications. His mandate: change the perception of GM, its brands and models. Talk about taking on a tough job.

  • Markets Move Sideways,  Nikkei Hits 7-Week Lows Friday, 10 Jul 2009 | 7:45 AM ET

    Uncertainty on earnings and economic recovery prospects saw Japanese shares finish at seven-week lows Friday, while prices for commodities such as oil and copper looked to build a floor after recent declines.

  • Charts: Stocks Uptrend Ended, Dow Seen at 7,750 Friday, 10 Jul 2009 | 6:19 AM ET

    The uptrend in stock markets which started after they hit their lows in March has ended, Royce Tostrams, technical analyst at Tostrams Groep said Friday.

  • GM's Second Chance Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | 3:33 PM ET

    Now comes the hard part. After 39 days in bankruptcy, shedding thousands of jobs, closing more plants, and writing off billions in debt, GM is about to exit chapter 11 protection and try to show it can finally thrive. On paper it should succeed. In reality, it still has to prove itself.

  • Asian Markets Struggle After the Yen's Surge Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | 5:04 AM ET

    Asian markets were mostly lower Thursday with Japanese stocks tumbling after the yen spiked to a five-month high against the dollar, with investors seeking to trim riskier bets amid growing concerns about the health of the global economy.

  • Nikkei, Oil Hit Six-Week Lows on Recovery Worries Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 5:26 AM ET

    Japan's Nikkei 225 Average and oil prices hit six-week lows Wednesday as investors pulled funds out of bets on the global economy's recovery and favored safe havens, such as the U.S. dollar and government bonds.

  • Asian Markets Struggle to Hold Ground Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 5:24 AM ET

    Asian markets were mixed Tuesday as stocks struggled after a slide the previous day, while the yen held gains against higher-yielding currencies as investors doubt the speed of the global economy's recovery.

  • Fast Forecast: S&P, Oil, & More Monday, 6 Jul 2009 | 6:06 PM ET
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    It seems like we're having blue chip weather everywhere in the Northeast, well everywhere but Wall Street.

  • Asian Markets Are Cautious Ahead of G8 Meeting Monday, 6 Jul 2009 | 5:11 AM ET

    Asian markets got off to a hesitant start Monday as investor doubts on the staying power of a global recovery kept Asian stocks soggy and currencies subdued ahead of a much-expanded Group of Eight meeting this week.

  • Asian Markets Are Weaker on Dismal US Jobs Report Friday, 3 Jul 2009 | 5:50 AM ET

    Asian markets retreated Friday and the greenback edged up after a disappointingly big drop in U.S. employment prompted investors to pull back from commodities, resource-linked shares and higher-yielding currencies.

  • Asian Markets Struggle to Hold Their Ground Thursday, 2 Jul 2009 | 5:16 AM ET

    Asian stocks struggled Thursday ahead of the latest U.S. payrolls report, while the U.S. dollar remained near a three-week low against the euro, sensitive to lingering doubts about its reserve status.

  • Ford Passes Toyota For #2 In The U.S. Wednesday, 1 Jul 2009 | 2:37 PM ET
    Ford

    It's been a long time coming. Roughly two years if you're keeping score. That's the last time Ford was locked in as the #2 automaker in the U.S. Well, after the first six months of 2009 Ford as once again pulled ahead of Toyota in U.S. sales year-to-date.

  • Asian Markets Struggle, Data Shows Tough Going Wednesday, 1 Jul 2009 | 5:19 AM ET

    Asian markets struggled to gain ground Wednesday as economic data showed the process of turnaround to recovery was likely to be a slow grind, and the greenback capitalized on that more cautious sentiment.