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  • Asian Markets Gain as Obama Win Ends Uncertainty Wednesday, 5 Nov 2008 | 5:33 AM ET

    Asian shares hit a three-week high Wednesday and the U.S. dollar extended gains after Barack Obama became the next U.S. president, ending uncertainty about who will lead the world's largest economy in the midst of great financial peril.

  • Japan Gains 6%, Other Markets Drop Ahead of US Vote Monday, 3 Nov 2008 | 7:36 PM ET

    Japan's Nikkei index closed 6%  Tuesday, as exporters gained on the yen's recent weakness, though other markets were down after reports pointed to a shriveling U.S. economy ahead of the presidential election.

  • Asian Stocks Gain as Policy Changes Take Root Monday, 3 Nov 2008 | 4:43 AM ET

    Asian stocks rose for a fifth straight day Monday on hopes policy efforts so far to dampen the impact of the financial crisis would ultimately take hold, though data still painted an ugly picture of the global economy.

  • Asian Markets Decline to Post Worse Month Ever Friday, 31 Oct 2008 | 6:08 AM ET

    Most Asian markets fell Friday after the Bank of Japan's less-than-expected rate cut halted a powerful three-day rally, sending safer havens such as regional bonds and the yen higher. 

  • Japan Leaps 10%, Leading the Asian Charge Thursday, 30 Oct 2008 | 6:09 AM ET

    Asian markets soared Thursday with Japan and South Korea making double digit gains on international efforts to provide liquidity to emerging markets and global prospects of lower borrowing costs.

  • Asian Stocks End Mixed, Nikkei Soars 7.7% Wednesday, 29 Oct 2008 | 6:12 AM ET

    Asian stocks were mixed Wednesday, with Japan's Nikkei surging over 7% near the close of trade. South Korean shares though dropped into the red plunging as much as 7%, but paring back losses to close down 3%.

  • Asian Stocks Mixed, Hang Seng Soars 14% Tuesday, 28 Oct 2008 | 6:20 AM ET

    The majority of Asian stock indexes closed in positive territory Tuesday, despite highly a volatile session where stocks struggled to find direction. The Hang Seng ended 14.3 percent higher and the Nikkei 225 finished 6.4 percent higher after spending most of the morning session in the red.

  • Asian Stocks Tumble on Recession Fears Monday, 27 Oct 2008 | 6:09 AM ET

    Asian shares extended losses Monday, with Japan's Nikkei hitting its lowest intraday level since 1982, as investors feared fresh moves expected from central banks this week will not be enough to stave off a deep global recession.

  • Tokyo, Seoul Head Asian Market Train Wreck Friday, 24 Oct 2008 | 5:02 AM ET
    Stock investors watch stock movement at a stock exchange in Chengdu, China.

    Asian markets were massacred Friday, led by South Korea's 10.6% plunge  and Japan's 9.6% tumble, as the global economic slowdown slashed earnings prospects for an array of companies.

  • Asian Markets Climb but Economic Worries Cloud Gains Monday, 20 Oct 2008 | 5:18 AM ET
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    Asian markets' climb gained traction amid a choppy session on Monday, led by Hong Kong's 4 percent rally. But recession jitters continued to keep investors cautious.

  • Asian Stocks Plummet on Recession Fears Thursday, 16 Oct 2008 | 5:12 AM ET
    Stock investors watch stock movement at a stock exchange in Chengdu, China.

    Asian markets were battered as the Nikkei plunged more than 11 percent and South Korea tumbled 9.4 percent, as oil prices dropped to a one-year low Thursday after downbeat U.S. economic data spread fears of a more protracted and sharp global slowdown than initially expected.

  • Asian Markets Ease on Global Recession Fears Wednesday, 15 Oct 2008 | 5:05 AM ET

    Asian markets fell and gold rose Wednesday on investor worries of lower corporate earnings in a weakening global economy, even as money markets continued to heal gradually.

  • Japan Skyrockets 14%, Leading Asian Rally Tuesday, 14 Oct 2008 | 5:09 AM ET

    Asian stocks surged, with Japan's Nikkei finishing 14% higher Tuesday after governments around the world readied plans to take stakes in banks to keep the global financial system from collapsing.

  • Asian Markets Rally on Hopes for Bank Rescues Monday, 13 Oct 2008 | 5:04 AM ET

    Asian stocks bounced from a four-year low Monday after policymakers around the world took increasingly bold steps to rescue the financial system, including guaranteeing bank deposits and taking stakes in banks.

  • Bloodbath in Asia as Markets Freefall Friday, 10 Oct 2008 | 6:06 AM ET
    Stock investors watch stock movement at a stock exchange in Chengdu, China.

    It feels like 1997 all over again in Asia. Japan down 10%, Hong Kong down 8%, Singapore down 7% and Australia down 8% as markets around the world are gripped by recession fears. 

  • Choppy Asia Session Reflects Frayed Investor Nerves Thursday, 9 Oct 2008 | 5:20 AM ET

    Investor nerves were frayed and that was reflected in Thursday's chopping trading session with markets weaving in and out of negative territory even after central banks around the world cut interest rates to support the global economy.

  • Asian Stocks Mixed After Australia Cuts Rates Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 5:11 AM ET

    Asian stocks saw a turnaround in trade Tuesday after a dramatic 100 basis point rate cut by the Reserve Bank of Australia. Markets were paring back sharp losses that had seen the Nikkei crashing the 10,000 level at one point in the session. 

  • Asian Markets Get Mauled, Tokyo and Seoul Plunge 4% Monday, 6 Oct 2008 | 5:17 AM ET

    Asian markets fell 4%  Monday and the yen surged to a 2-year high against the euro as investors doubted the scattered European response to the financial crisis and the $700 billion U.S. bank bailout could prevent a global recession.

  • Asian Markets Slide, Japan Sinks Below 11,000 Friday, 3 Oct 2008 | 5:15 AM ET

    Asian markets fell sharply Friday while the yen rose to a two-year high against the euro on fears the $700 billion financial rescue bill still needing final U.S. government approval may not be enough to keep the global economy from falling into recession.

  • Asian Markets Fall Despite Senate Bailout Approval Thursday, 2 Oct 2008 | 5:17 AM ET

    Asian markets closed mostly lower Thursday and safe haven assets such as government debt gained after the U.S. Senate's approval of a massive bank bailout plan failed to dispel the deepening worries about the global economy. Japan closed 1.9 percent lower while South Korea shed 1.4 percent.