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  • Asian markets pared back losses Wednesday, with Tokyo closing just slightly lower. Concerns about the U.S. economy cast a cloud over the session and trade remained cautious as investors awaited the outcome of the Fed's two-day meeting, which is expected to leave interest rates at 2%.

  • Asian markets drifted to a mixed close Tuesday, with trade kept largely muted as investors stayed cautious ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's rate decision at the its two-day policy meeting starting later today. Japan and Australia closed flat.

  • Asian markets closed in the red Monday, but were well off their session lows as investors took the opportunity to buy beaten down stocks.

  • Asian markets were mixed Friday as regional stocks reacted to China's hiking of fuel prices. Trading has been volatile throughout the session with markets, particularly in Shanghai, making radical swings between positive and negative territory.

  • Asian stocks took a beating Thursday, after Wall Street closed at a three-month low, sparking fears of a pullback in export demand with oil prices remaining high and feeding a rally in safe-haven government bond prices. Japan shed 2.2 percent while Australia gave up 1.4 percent.

  • Asian markets staged a late rally Wednesday with Japan and South Korea closing in the black, as oil dipped for the fourth straight session, signaling lower costs for firms following a plan by top exporter Saudi Arabia to raise crude output.

  • Asian markets ended mixed Tuesday with the weaker U.S. dollar pushing exporters such as Canon to a weaker finish. But financial shares moved higher, helping to offsetting losses.

  • Asian markets rallied Monday after muted U.S. consumer price data and softer oil prices helped ease concerns about inflation and higher interest rates in the world's top economy. Japan closed 2.7% higher.

  • Malaysia

    Malaysia, which raised fuel prices sharply this month, is considering a plan to sell a fixed amount of fuel to motorists each month on subsidised rates, a report said on Monday.

  • A man uses his mobile phone in front of electronic stock boards at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX Ltd.) headquarters in Sydney, Australia.

    Asian markets came off initial losses Friday in volatile trading, with gains in technology and export-related stocks offsetting weakness in financials and shippers. Japan, Australia and South Korea all closed stronger.

  • Stock investors watch stock movement at a stock exchange in Chengdu, China.

    Asian stocks sank deep into the red Thursday, with markets battered down by 2% on average. Japan, Australia and South Korea all closed sharply lower.

  • Asian markets staged a late rebound as persistent worries about inflation kept investors cautious for most of the morning session. However stocks rallied in the afternoon with Japan climbing over 1 percent.

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    Shanghai stocks suffered the most severe losses in widespread stock declines in Asia Tuesday, as investors returned after a long weekend to a sea of red. Ongoing credit worries and concerns about the U.S. economy continued to keep investors wary.

  • Visiting Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, right, and Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi pose outside the latter's office in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, June 26, 2006. Nazarbayev arrived in Malaysia Sunday for a three-day visit. (AP Photo/Bazuki Muhammad, Pool)

    Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, trying to assuage anger over the steepest hike in fuel prices in years, said on Monday the administration will announce more measures to ease the burden on consumers.

  • Visiting Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, right, and Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi pose outside the latter's office in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, June 26, 2006. Nazarbayev arrived in Malaysia Sunday for a three-day visit. (AP Photo/Bazuki Muhammad, Pool)

    Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, trying to assuage public anger over a steep hike in fuel prices, said on Monday government ministers would take a 10 percent cut in allowances.

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    Asian stocks came under selling pressure Monday, after Wall Street slumped on Friday, as oil spiked $11 and renewed fears of stagflation in the world's largest economy gripped the markets

  • Visiting Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, right, and Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi pose outside the latter's office in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, June 26, 2006. Nazarbayev arrived in Malaysia Sunday for a three-day visit. (AP Photo/Bazuki Muhammad, Pool)

    Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, trying to assuage anger over the steepest hike in fuel prices in years, said on Monday the administration will announce more measures to ease the burden on consumers.

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    Asian markets were firmer but off their highs Friday, lifted by energy firms following a jump in oil prices. Both Japanese and Australian markets  gained over 1% .

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    India and Malaysia raised retail fuel prices, joining a growing number of Asian nations no longer able to afford big subsidies in the face of record-breaking oil prices.

  • Malaysia

    Malaysia will scrap fuel price controls in August and allow pump prices to rise in line with market rates as part of plans to cut the government's burgeoning subsidy bill, the domestic trade minister said on Tuesday.