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  • Today's Trivia Bonus Bucks Questions Wednesday, 11 Apr 2007 | 11:16 AM ET

    Hi folks. Here are our trivia questions for today. The video is worth $2,000 Bonus Bucks: Today, the Yen hit all time lows against what major currency? And the news question is worth $1,000 Bonus Bucks: Citigroup unveiled a new restructuring plan this morning that will eliminate how many jobs? Remember, go to the contest home page and click on the Bonus Bucks tab on the left hand navigation to select your answers.

  • Japan Machinery Orders Fall, Loan Growth Slows Tuesday, 10 Apr 2007 | 9:41 PM ET

    Machinery orders at Japanese firms fell more than expected in February from the previous month, data showed on Wednesday, but did little to change the view that the strength in corporate investment remains firm.

  • Japan Machinery Orders Fall, Loan Growth Slows Tuesday, 10 Apr 2007 | 9:37 PM ET

    Machinery orders at Japanese firms fell more than expected in February from the previous month, data showed on Wednesday, but did little to change the view that the strength in corporate investment remains firm.

  • Today's Bonus Bucks Questions Tuesday, 10 Apr 2007 | 12:18 PM ET

    Hey folks, here are today's trivia questions for those extra investing bucks. the video is worth $2,000 Bonus Bucks: The Bank of Japan left interest rates unchanged today. What is the current rate? And the news is worth $1,000 Bonus Bucks: Citigroup is purchasing hedge fund Old Lane Capital for how much?

  • Bank of Japan Holds Interest Rates Steady at 0.50% Tuesday, 10 Apr 2007 | 12:24 AM ET

    Bank of Japan left monetary policy unchanged as widely expected on Tuesday, keeping the overnight call rate target at 0.50% for two months in a row after its rate hike in February.

  • Pentax to Call Off Hoya Share-Swap Plan Monday, 9 Apr 2007 | 10:21 PM ET

    Pentax is expected to scrap a planned share-swap merger with Hoya at a board meeting onTuesday, a senior company official said, raising speculation that Hoya may suspend its plan to make a tender offer for the camera and medical equipment maker.

  • Pentax Stock Jumps, Board Split on Hoya Merger Monday, 9 Apr 2007 | 2:34 AM ET

    Shares of Pentax jumped 7% after Hoya said it would make a tender offer for the Japanesecamera and medical equipment maker, but it remains unclear whether the bid will succeed with Pentax's board split and its president set to resign.

  • BOJ Starts Two-Day Policy Meeting, Focus on Report Sunday, 8 Apr 2007 | 11:07 PM ET

    The Bank of Japan starts a two-day monetary policy meeting on Monday, with board members seen putting their heads together to prepare for an economic outlook report due later this month.

  • Rod Smyth, chief investment strategist for Wachovia Securities, told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” that some overseas stocks offer greater growth prospects than their U.S. counterparts.“I think the most important thing that investors have to get their mind around is simply this: Is there going to be a recession in the next couple of years?” Smyth said Thursday. “We know the economy is slowing down. History tells us mid-cycle slowdowns are very good for stocks and that recessions are bad for stocks. If you can get your mind around the fact that we’re in a mid-cycle slowdown then you want to put money to work.”

  • Japanese companies are slightly less optimistic about business conditions than they were three months ago, the Bank of Japan's March tankan survey showed on Monday.

  • HSBC Holdings is set to launch retail banking operations in Japan early next year and plans to open as many as 50 branches within four years, the Financial Times reported on Friday.

  • Japanese Consumer Prices Dip in February Thursday, 29 Mar 2007 | 9:55 PM ET

    Japanese nationwide core consumer prices edged down as expected in February from a year ago, the first fall in 10 months, reinforcing the view that a lack of inflation will keep the pace of the BOJ's credit tightening slow.

  • Tokyo Bourse Names New President Tuesday, 27 Mar 2007 | 1:35 AM ET

    The Tokyo Stock Exchange said on Tuesday that Atsushi Saito, former president of the Industrial Revitalization Corp. of Japan, the state-backed corporate turnaround body, will be its next president.

  • GE Plans to Buy Sanyo Credit for $1.1 Billion Friday, 23 Mar 2007 | 1:55 PM ET

    General Electric said on Friday it would launch a $1.14 billion tender offer for Sanyo Electric Credit, a Japanese leasing company whose main shareholder is Goldman Sachs Group.

  • Mazda's Business Plan Aims for 27% Profit Growth Friday, 23 Mar 2007 | 12:46 AM ET

    Mazda Motor gained on Friday after the Japanese automaker unveiled a new business plan aimed at boosting its operating profit by more than 27% in four years through further product-led growth and accelerated cost cuts.

  • Hitachi to Cut 4,500 Jobs, Shave Hard Drive Costs Thursday, 22 Mar 2007 | 12:31 AM ET

    Japan's Hitachi said on Thursday it would close a parts factory in Mexico and cut 4,500 jobs as it aims to shave $300 million in costs in its loss-making hard disk drive business over the next five years.

  • Japan February Trade Surplus Rises Unexpectedly by 7.7% Wednesday, 21 Mar 2007 | 11:58 PM ET

    Japan's trade surplus rose 7.7% in February from a year earlier to 979.6 billion yen ($8.34 billion), government data showed on Thursday.

  • Japan Big Manufacturers' First-Quarter Sentiment Worsens Wednesday, 21 Mar 2007 | 11:07 PM ET

    Big Japanese manufacturers were less confident about business conditions in the three months to March, a government survey showed on Thursday, prompting concern about the continuing strength of the current economic recovery.

  • David Bianco, U.S. Equities Strategist for UBS, told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” that the S&P 500 offers investors a solid play on the strong global economy.“The S&P 500 has material exposure to the global economy,” Bianco said Wednesday. “I’m often reminding clients that the global economy and business spending are more important to S&P 500 earnings than consumer discretionary spending.”He likes consumer staples such as Coca-Cola and Proctor & Gamble, but said he’s over-weighted in industrials, technology and energy stocks, especially oil field services.   

  • Mizuho Cuts Forecast by 25%, Orient Loans Weigh Tuesday, 20 Mar 2007 | 7:47 PM ET

    Mizuho Financial Group, Japan's second-biggest bank, cut its annual profit forecast by a quarter to $4.6 billion on Tuesday after a major borrower fell into financial trouble.