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  • Asian markets inched up to an 11-month high Monday on mounting evidence that the global economic recovery is picking up speed, giving a boost to oil and copper prices while hurting the safe-haven U.S. dollar.

  • Global stocks rose Thursday after European corporate earnings cheered investors. Experts tell CNBC to play it safe as the economy will recover slowly.

  • Global stocks were mixed Wednesday, as a major selloff in China dragged down oil prices. Experts tell CNBC that although they expect Asian and US markets to trade higher in the long term, it might be good to add some cyclical plays to investors' portfolios.

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    The women who pour drinks in Japan’s sleek gentlemen’s clubs were once shunned because their duties were considered immodest: lavishing adoring (albeit nonsexual) attention on men for a hefty fee.

  • Asia markets closed mostly higher Tuesday after racking up solid gains in recent sessions. Upbeat data on U.S. new home sales lifted confidence on Wall Street and in Asia, but Japan markets slipped marginally to break their nine-day winning streak.

  • Global stocks rose again Tuesday as investors grew more confident on improving earnings. Experts tell CNBC the non-stop pace of the rally could suggest it is getting overdone.

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    With so many people holding onto their car or truck longer, it's only natural folks are asking if they have a car that qualifies for the Cash for Clunker program. The fact is, most of us will not qualify for the federal program which kicked off this weekend. That's primarily because of the restrictions Washington has placed on the program.

  • The Nikkei 225 could rally to 22,000 points over the next 3 years as a 20-year downtrend in the Japanese index gives way to a strong bull run, Robin Griffiths, technical strategist at Cazenove Capital, told CNBC.

  • Asian stocks rose across the board on positive earnings momentum Monday, helped by a solid run on Wall Street which saw the Dow cap its best two-week performance since 2000.

  • Global stocks gained again on Friday as oil rose above $67 a barrel and euro-zone manufacturing and services reports beat expectations, fuelling optimism about the economic recovery. Experts tell CNBC where are the best areas to invest in right now.

  • Global stocks tried to keep positive Thursday as forecast-beating earnings from major corporates lent support. Experts tell CNBC that nasty surprises could be ahead for the economy.

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    The question was blunt. The answer telling. Yesterday as I sat with a handful of other reporters for aone hour chat with Yoshi Inaba, the new President of Toyota North America talked about Toyota building cars that evoke passion.

  • Asian markets lost steam on Tuesday to come off their early highs following solid gains on the U.S. market and confirmation that CIT Group had secured $3 billion in financing.

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    The new man in charge of Toyota North America, Yoshi Inaba, is focused on getting the Japanese auto maker back on track in the states by making decisions faster and getting closer to the customer.

  • Asian stocks rallied to their highest levels this year on Monday, fueled by Wall Street's best week in four months and upbeat sentiment toward U.S. earnings in the second quarter.

  • Most Asian markets extended gains Friday as key U.S. earnings reports beat expectations, fueling hopes that the global recession is receding, but deadly explosions at two Jakarta hotels weighed on Indonesia stocks and the rupiah.

  • Asian markets jumped Thursday, buoyed by strong U.S. earnings and global recovery hopes after China's economy grew faster than forecast in the second quarter.

  • Asian markets extended gains Wednesday as blockbuster results from Intel seemed to augur well for the U.S. earnings season and for consumer demand globally. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index also managed to breach the 18,000 level.  

  • The Nikkei 225 is still in a bear market and could drop toward 8,000 points if it falls below a support level at 9,000 points, Roelof van den Akker, chartist at from ING Wholesale Banking, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Asian stocks bounced Tuesday, extending gains as a rally in U.S. financial shares helped Japan break a 10-session losing streak, while also reversing a little of the recent safe-haven rush into the yen.