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  • *Goldman Sachs jumps 4 percent on Barron's view. NEW YORK, Oct 1- Wall Street advanced on Monday after a surprise expansion in U.S. manufacturing last month eased concerns about the economy and offset a gloomier outlook in Asia and Europe. Financial stocks led the market's advance with Goldman Sachs Group.

  • TOKYO, Oct 1- Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda appointed Koriki Jojima, a senior lawmaker in the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, as the country's new finance minister in a cabinet shakeup on Monday.

  • Italy needs a strong political government, not another technocrat administration when Prime Minister Mario Monti's term ends in the spring, the head of the country's main employers' confederation said on Sunday.

  • Japan Auto Sales to Slow in September: Analyst

    Chris Richter, Deputy Head of Japan Research and Senior Analyst, Japanese Autos at CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets says Japan auto sales will probably slow in September as the eco-car subsidy comes to an end.

  • Good Cause for Optimism in Japan: Pro

    John Vail, Chief Global Strategist, Investment Strategy Group at Nikko Asset Management explains why there is room for optimism in Japan despite its sluggish economic recovery. He further discusses the political situation in the country and its effects on the country's economy going forward.

  • Rebuilding Japan's Economy

    Jesper Koll, MD & Head of Japanese Equity Research, JPMorgan Securities Japan breaks down the BOJ's tankan survey. He thinks the increased capex figures have to do with firms upgrading their facilities to prepare for a natural disaster.

  • Will the BOJ Further Ease Monetary Policy?

    Jesper Koll, MD & Head of Japanese Equity Research, JPMorgan Securities Japan gives his assessment of the Japanese economy. He adds that it'll be interesting to see what the BOJ will decide to do when they meet this week.

  • Australian former prime minister Kevin Rudd.

    Australia's former prime minister and longtime China watcher Kevin Rudd told CNBC that China and Japan can solve their dispute over the East China Sea islands by jointly exploring and sharing resources around these islands.

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    Latest data from Japan paint a bleak outlook for an economy that started the year on a strong footing and suggest the cautious Bank of Japan (BOJ) may now have little option but to ease monetary policy again, analysts say.

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    There’s a change in auto showrooms around the country. Sales to young buyers between the ages of 18 to 24 are up for the first time since 2007. 

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    Shares of both Toyota Motor and Nissan Motor fell nearly 2 percent in Tokyo trading on Wednesday on news the automakers will halt production at plants in China in the wake of the worst anti-Japan protests in decades.

  • Tesla Roadster

    Which Tesla has your attention right now? Is it the company that unveiled its supercharger network and promised a coast to coast set of charging stations or is it the company that warned Wall Street to expect lower revenues this year?

  • Consumer Reports is not recommending the high-end extended range electric Fisker Karma.  In fact, the auto division of Consumer Reports says the Karma is full of flaws including a "badly-designed touch-screen system makes the dash controls an ergonomic disaster."  The Karma score of 57 out of a possible 100 makes it among the poorest performing vehicles of the 311 reviewed by Consumer Reports.

  • Chinese demonstraters carry anti-Japan banners and shout slogans during a protest over the Diaoyu islands issue, known as the Senkaku islands in Japan, in Chongqing, China.

    Global business leaders are voicing increasing concern over heightened political tensions between China and Japan, sparked by a maritime dispute in the East China Sea. They fear an escalation may have a spill-over effect on their regional operations and damage trade ties between the world's second and third-largest economies.

  • Anti-Japanese demonstrators hold banners and shout slogans as they protest over the Diaoyu Islands issue, known in Japan as the Senkaku Islands, outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing.

    Talk that China, the biggest holder of Japanese government bonds, may sell its Japanese debt to force Tokyo to cede ground in a heated islands dispute will remain just that, say analysts, with Beijing unlikely to pursue a course of action that could prove harmful to its own economy.

  • Vice chairman of Toyota Motor, Takeshi Uchiyamada (R), introduces the company's new compact electric vehicle called the 'eQ', at the company's showroom in Tokyo on September 24, 2012.

    Toyota has decided to cool off its once ambitious plans for developing electric cars.

  • China-Japan Dispute

    Phillip Chan, Director, Shenyin Wanguo Securities and Nicholas Smith, Director and Strategist, CLSA discuss the economic and trade impacts of China and Japan's dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    The bullish tone of these trades is interesting given the predominately negative tone of news out of the region.

  • A Japan Airlines aircraft in flight.

    Japan Airlines (JAL) returned to the Tokyo stock market on Wednesday with just modest gains after a massive $8.5 billion initial public offering (IPO). Yet, analysts expect to see strong foreign interest in the carrier, which has turned itself around from bankruptcy just 2-1/2 years ago.

  • Apple

    Apple shares are sitting near $700. But while the stock may not continue to run up as quickly has it has recently, one analyst sees another 30 percent upside to come.