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  • The Japanese people are fighting hard to get the economy out of the slump that has followed the devastating earthquake and tsunami that blasted parts of the island nation in March, a Nomura analyst told CNBC Monday.

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    Precariously short of time, congressional leaders struggled in urgent, weekend-long talks to avert an unprecedented government default, desperate to show enough progress to head off a plunge in stock prices when Asian markets open ahead of the US workweek.

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    Corporate Japan has been trapped in a multi-decade long slump, but ‘Made in Japan’ is still demonstrating remarkable resilience, with brands including Sony, Panasonic and Canon dominating the list of the most valued brands in Asia-Pacific for 2011, according to a recent survey by global media firm Haymarket Media.

  • James Farley

    As soon as Jalopnik posted the Farley quotes, Twitter lit up with plenty of comments about Farley dropping the F-bomb. And yes, more than a few were pretty funny.

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    It would be nice if we could blame this on the weather. Truth is we can't. No, the dog days of summer in the auto industry are here for a variety of reasons that we expected, and a few that are lingering and frustrating many in the auto industry.

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    The Nikkei 225's catch-up over the last month has been impressive. It's outperformed many of its Asian peers as well as European indices and the US, and is homing in on its pre earthquake and tsunami levels. The FT reports.

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    For the Nissan LEAF, the second year of sales in the US will bring a higher sticker price, more standard features and greater availability.

  • For Korean auto maker Hyundai, the steady gains in quality, sales, and reputation have finally paid off with the company topping the Kelley Blue Book rankings on customers loyalty.

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    As the White House, EPA, NHTSA and automakers hash out new fuel efficiency standards scheduled to be finalized by September, investors would be wise to stop focusing on the automakers and dial in to the implications for parts suppliers.

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    With sales picking up around the world, and especially in China, BMW is revving up growth expectations. For the German luxury auto maker, we are in a expansion cycle for the entire industry, but especially luxury auto brands.

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    Halfway through the year and with the economy once again slowing down, auto makers and dealers are re-thinking their once ambitious forecasts for sales this year. For much of the first half of this year, auto executives were confident the industry would sell just more than 13 million cars, trucks and SUVs this year.

  • Tokyo stock screens

    The Nikkei 225's catch-up over the last month has been impressive. It's outperformed many of its Asian peers as well as European indices and the US, and is homing in on its pre earthquake and tsunami levels. The FT reports.

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    The discovery of huge deposits of so-called 'rare earth' minerals, used in high technology products, on the Pacific sea floor should ease long-term supply constraints and end a Chinese monopoly, which had been causing strategic concerns in the West, analysts said.

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    A leading contender to replace Naoto Kan as Japan’s prime minister has called for the country to phase out nuclear power over the next two decades,  the FT reports.

  • Ben Collett of Louis Capital Markets says large-cap Japanese stocks will make gains in the second half the year.

    Japanese stocks rallied on Monday with the Nikkei hitting 10,000 points for the first time in two months after better than expected U.S. manufacturing data, and according to one analyst, large-cap Japanese stocks are still cheap and will rally even further as the U.S. economy recovers.

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    Get ready for more opaque comments on interest rates: a slew of central banks will meet this week. Here's how to trade accordingly.

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    June's surprise pickup in manufacturing activity makes it more likely the economy's soft patch is the result of temporary forces, and growth should pick up in the second half, economists say.

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    For the last year and half, Toyota has stumbled badly. Now, with Japan's auto industry rebounding and auto sales improving in the U.S., Akio Toyoda is charting a rebound.

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    Information like restaurant tips, flight times and driving directions is coming to guests at midtier hotels that do not provide traditional concierge services. The New York Times reports.

  • The “Mad Money” host explains why he thinks stocks climbed higher Tuesday.