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  • Asian Stocks Pressured by Surging Oil Prices Thursday, 8 May 2008 | 5:10 AM ET

    Oil's relentless push to yet another record high pressured Asian shares across the board Thursday, raising fears that inflation -- and central bank measures to cool it -- would hurt consumer spending and profits.

  • Softbank Quarterly Profit Falls 13 Percent Thursday, 8 May 2008 | 4:53 AM ET

    Japanese telecoms and Internet group Softbank posted a worse-than-expected 13 percent fall in quarterly operating profit on Thursday, as its marketing costs ballooned on efforts to win new subscribers.

  • Chevy Malibu: A Good (Selling) Car For Tough Times Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | 10:50 AM ET
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    There's an old adage in the car business that even in tough times, good cars will still sell. That might explain why certain models continue to fly off dealer lots and even sell at a higher price, even though the overall auto market is down. Perhaps the most interesting example is the new Chevy Malibu.

  • Asian Stocks End Mixed, Oil Keeps Resources Firm Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | 5:12 AM ET

    Asian stocks were mixed Wednesday with some markets reversing earlier advances. Resource firms, helped by record high oil prices and rising metal prices managed to hang on to their gains.

  • Asian markets were mostly weaker Tuesday after surging oil prices and worries that Bank of America would scrap a deal to buy mortgage firm Countrywide Financial hurt Wall Street.

  • Asian Markets Rise on Upbeat US Jobs Data Monday, 5 May 2008 | 5:05 AM ET
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    Asian stocks were higher Monday, after upbeat U.S. jobs data buoyed Wall Street Friday, with stronger oil and metal prices lifting resource firms. Volumes were thin with both the Japanese and South Korean markets closed for national holidays.

  • Remember Cars? Sales Show Their "Death" Premature Friday, 2 May 2008 | 11:09 AM ET

    After years of lamenting the "death of the car" and the rise of the SUV and CUV, fans of the sedan are finally seeing things turn their way. Last month, for the first time in roughly 20 years, cars outsold trucks (Pick-ups, SUVs, CUVs and minivans).

  • Asian Markets Rally, Japan and Australia Gain 2% Friday, 2 May 2008 | 5:20 AM ET
    A man uses his mobile phone in front of electronic stock boards at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX Ltd.) headquarters in Sydney, Australia.

    Asian markets were sharply higher Friday after better-than-expected economic data, a rebound in the U.S. dollar and falling oil prices and triggered a rally on Wall Street. Both Japan and Australia closed 2 percent higher.

  • Japan, Australia Close Lower in Quiet Trading Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 8:19 PM ET

    The Japanese and Australian markets closed lower in the afternoon session Thursday. Trading was quiet with most markets in the region closed for the Labour Day holiday.

  • Asian Markets Lower, But China Jumps 4.8% Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 5:51 AM ET

    Most Asian markets closed lower Wednesday ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve rate decision later in the session. Japan finished slightly lower, but Shanghai was the stand out performer, up almost 5 percent.

  • Lackluster Session for Asia, Fed in Focus Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 5:27 AM ET

    Asian markets were lackluster on Tuesday following a flat finish in the U.S. stock market. But Greater China shares remained firm on the back of positive corporate earnings. Most investors were sidelined and cautious ahead of the Federal Reserve's two-day meeting.

  • Japan's SMFG Cuts 2007/08 Profit on Stock Losses Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 5:32 AM ET

    Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Japan's third-largest bank, said it would fall about 20 percent short of its earnings estimate for the year that ended in March, hurt by losses on its stock holdings and higher provisions for bad loans.

  • Matsushita Fourth-Quarter Profit Rises 15% Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 5:29 AM ET

    Panasonic maker Matsushita posted on Monday a 15 percent rise in quarterly operating profit thanks to brisk sales of flat TVs, and forecast a larger-than-expected gain this year, with its mobile phones and DVD recorders also selling well.

  • Asian Markets End Mostly Higher, Financials Rally Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 5:21 AM ET

    Asian markets trimmed their early gains on Monday as investors took a breather following a rally in financial stocks. But many remained optimistic that the banking sector may finally be putting the credit crunch behind it.

  • Japan March Retail Sales Rises 1.1% Sunday, 27 Apr 2008 | 11:14 PM ET

    Japanese retail sales rose 1.1 percent in March from a year earlier, government data showed on Monday, matching economists' median forecast.

  • Japan's Matsushita, Sanyo in Tie-Up Plan: Reports Sunday, 27 Apr 2008 | 10:03 PM ET

    Panasonic maker Matsushita Electric Industrial and Sanyo Electric may tie up in the first reorganisation move among Japan's top electronics makers, the Yomiuri newspaperreported on Monday, but the two companies quickly rejected the report.

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    A bounce in the U.S. dollar lifted some Asian stock markets on Friday, while crude oil sank further from its recent $120 a barrel record, dragging energy firms down but boosting airline counters.  Japan finished at a two-month high.

  • Asian Markets End Mixed, But Chinese Stocks Surge Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 5:27 AM ET
    Investors study shares prices during the morning trading at RHB private stock market gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Friday, Feb.3, 2006. Malaysia's key stock index rose Friday to a 15-week high as foreign funds plowed into key bluechips after a long holiday. The Composite Index of 100 blue chip stocks ended at 927.85 points, up 13.84 points or 1.5 percent from last Friday's close. (AP Photo) **MALAYSIA OUT**

    Asian stocks were mixed in the afternoon session Thursday with Japan and Australia closing lower. But the Shanghai market took centerstage, surging as much as 9.5 percent at one point after a stamp duty tax cut gave flagging Chinese stocks a boost.

  • Sony Ericsson Profit Drops Less than Anticipated Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 5:52 AM ET

    Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson posted sharply lower profits on Wednesday as a slowdown in consumer spending hit its business, but earnings were at the high end of the firm's range and exceeded market expectations.

  • Markets Rally Despite Surging Oil, Weak Dollar Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 5:02 AM ET
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    Asian markets were stronger Wednesday, shrugging off the burden of near $120-a-barrel oil and a record high euro, to continue a rally that has recovered all the ground lost last month. Shanghai surged over 4 percent, while Australia gained 1.6 percent.