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  • Charting Asia | JAL Weely Tuesday, 22 Sep 2009 | 3:09 AM ET
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  • Turbulence Seen for JAL Shares: Charts Tuesday, 22 Sep 2009 | 3:05 AM ET
    Airplane Takeoff

    JAL has all the characteristics of a chart from 2008 and that type of nosedive is not good in a rising 2009 market. 

  • The dollar is clearly stuck in a downward trend as it takes over from the yen as the carry-trade currency of choice, but if the trend continues it faces a “fully-fledged dollar crisis,” Robin Griffiths, technical strategist at Cazenove Capital, told CNBC.

  • Plugged In: Electric Cars/Line-ups Charging Up Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | 8:53 AM ET
    2010 Prius

    Every once in a while, you go to an auto show, and the future of the industry crystallizes before your eyes... ow there is another wave of vehicles that will drive the auto industry over the next 10-15 years. They are the electric, plug-in hybrids, and extended range electric cars.

  • Sergio Marchionne

    Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne candidly admits the troubled American auto maker was far weaker than expected when he finally took over as CEO. I caught up with him at the Frankfurt Auto Show, and he pulled no punches in assessing what he found at Chrysler when he became CEO.

  • Ghosn's Zero Sum Game Tuesday, 15 Sep 2009 | 9:55 AM ET
    Renault Twizy Concept

    Renault/Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is not a man to tiptoe into anything. When he leads his company into a new arena, he likes to go in charging. When Nissan stepped up to the U.S. full size pick-up truck market a few years back, he made a big splash in Detroit. Now, in Frankfurt, he's doing it again.

  • Markets opened lower on Monday as investors worried about the U.S.-China trade dispute and reflected on the one-year anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse. The tariffs came on the heels of a union complaint that a surge of imports of the Chinese tires were taking away American jobs.

  • New York Beats London as 'World's Best City' Friday, 11 Sep 2009 | 10:04 AM ET

    New York City beat London by a whisker to become the best city in the world according to a panel of Time Out judges, who voted on the cities considering criteria such as architecture, arts, food and drink, the city's buzz and quality of life.

  • Ultra Luxury Models Rolling Despite Slow Market Tuesday, 8 Sep 2009 | 10:16 PM ET
    Porsche Panamera

    Conventional wisdom says the very well off go through recessions with little or no impact...This fall, conventional wisdom will be tested. There are a slew of new models either hitting showrooms or being introduced for hitting the street next year

  • Global Recovery Might Be Earlier: IMF Head Tuesday, 8 Sep 2009 | 6:15 AM ET

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  • Suzuki to Spend $215 Million on New India Factory Sunday, 6 Sep 2009 | 7:50 PM ET
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    Japan's Suzuki Motor said it plans to invest about $215 million to build a new car factory in India, aiming to upgrade its production facilities in the face of growing competition.

  • Daiwa to Buy Out SMFG from Banking Venture Friday, 4 Sep 2009 | 12:33 AM ET
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    Japan's Daiwa Securities Group plans to buy out Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group from their investment banking joint venture, a source familiar with the matter said.

  • Big 3 Image Up, Sales Down Thursday, 3 Sep 2009 | 9:39 AM ET

    For as long as I've been covering the auto industry, I've seen some variation of this story on a regular basis. Every so often, there is a survey that shows a growing percentage of car buyers would be willing to consider sliding behind the wheel of a Big 3 car. Despite these encouraging reports, the Big 3 market share continues to slide.

  • Toyota Revs Up Production in U.S. Tuesday, 1 Sep 2009 | 8:29 PM ET
    A Tacoma pickup truck on the lot of a Toyota dealership.

    Toyota Motor plans to raise production of its Tacoma and Tundra pickups to meet expected demand for trucks and increase production of fuel-efficient vehicles through the end of the year, executives said on Tuesday.

  • Japan's Nomura Mulls Investing in Lehman: Report Tuesday, 1 Sep 2009 | 5:50 PM ET

    Japan's Nomura Holding is considering acquiring a stake in U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers, the Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun reported on Saturday.

  • August Sales Give Most a One Time Pop Tuesday, 1 Sep 2009 | 4:05 PM ET

    As expected, several auto makers posted their best monthly sales of the year as the industry report August results. The sales pace is expected to be close to 15 million thanks to Cash for Clunkers bringing in throngs of buyers. But for individual auto makers the results were wildly different.

  • Why September May Not Be that Scary Tuesday, 1 Sep 2009 | 8:38 AM ET

    September has historically been a month when stocks rose only if they had fallen in the preceding months, but this does not mean this month should be the same, as conditions now are very different, two market analysts told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Could Ford Catch Toyota? Monday, 31 Aug 2009 | 9:19 AM ET

    These are fun days at Ford. After staring bankruptcy in the eye and surviving a horrific slump in sales, the auto maker is rolling. Sure, it's not yet back in the black, but it has the big "MO". It's adding production, cutting losses, and is in the sweet spot of new product cadence with models like the Edge and Taurus bringing back buyers.

  • Toyota's NUMMI Call Painful Reminder of Industry Glut Friday, 28 Aug 2009 | 10:17 AM ET

    It sounds strange to say it, but it's true. The auto industry still has too many plants with the capacity to crank out millions more cars and trucks than needed.

  • Why the Clunker Numbers Baffled People Thursday, 27 Aug 2009 | 11:56 AM ET
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    I thought the final numbers on the Cash for Clunkers program were fairly straight forward.  The Department of Transportation released the top 10 selling models and what percentage of vehicles were sold by each auto maker.  But those numbers don't make sense to many of you.