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  • Yoshikami: Yen Exchange Rate Matters for Japan Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | 9:31 AM ET
    A factory building has collapsed in Sukagawa city, Fukushima prefecture, in northern Japan. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns.

    The G7 intervened to weaken the Yen last Friday in an attempt to stabilize the Japanese currency’s dramatic rise since the catastrophic earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. Europe’s central banks, the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Canada followed the Bank of Japan’s Yen sales, pushing it down against the US dollar.

  • Natural Gas Now Viewed as Safer Bet Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | 4:41 AM ET
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    Natural gas may be having its day, as its rival energy sources come under a cloud. The serious problems at the nuclear power plant in Japan have raised new doubts about the safety of nuclear energy the New York Times reports.

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    Here's what you should be watching Tuesday, March 22.

  • Tiffany Cuts Earnings on Japan Store Closures Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 7:13 PM ET
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    Tiffany is reducing its first-quarter earnings forecast as it deals with some store closings and limited hours in Japan, in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami there.

  • Euro Rising on Inattention, Analyst Says Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 5:36 PM ET
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    Investors are so focused on the troubles in Japan and Libya that the euro is just strengthening on the sidelines, this analyst says. But for how long?

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    Fighting in the Middle East, the crisis in Japan and turmoil around the globe will provide more volatile days in the stock market—and opportunities for investors, Pimco's El-Erian told CNBC.

  • It's On! Risk, That Is Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 9:49 AM ET

    Risk-on investors are back in action, and the euro is riding high — it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Crises in Japan Ripple Across Global Economy Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 5:27 AM ET
    80-year-old Sumi Abe is rescued from her destroyed house nine days after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 20, 2011 in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan.

    In the wake of Japan’s cascading disasters, signs of economic loss can be found in many corners of the globe, from Sendai, on the battered Japanese coast, to Paris to Marion, Ark., reports the New York Times.

  • Was the Post-Japan Fall in Stocks Rational? Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 1:20 AM ET

    Looking at the pure economic ties between Japan and the UK for instance, it's hard to justify why UK stocks should fall so heavily.

  • Food Contamination Fears Could Harm Japanese Brands Sunday, 20 Mar 2011 | 9:16 PM ET
    Customers buy fish on sale at a stall during the new year's first auction at the Tsukiji fish market on January 5, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. The market handles approx 2,888 tons of fish a day generating over 2.8 billion yen.

    Japan’s list of casualties, already long, could soon include two of the country’s iconic brands: sushi and Kobe beef. The NYT reports.

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    The nuclear disaster in Japan is likely to have major effects on US energy policy, according to billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

  • How to Trade the G-7's Yen Intervention Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 7:07 PM ET
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    The G-7's intervention has halted the yen's rise, but what happens next isn't clear. Here's how to trade.

  • Are Media Stocks a Safe Haven? Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 12:21 PM ET
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    Despite the upheaval roiling the markets, Wall Street analysts continue to issue upbeat reports about media companies, and even the negative reports don't mention the headlines — they simply don't have the exposure to Japan and the rest of the market instability as many other sectors.

  • Quick Fix or Real Remedy? How to Read the G-7's Move Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 11:38 AM ET

    The yen is trading within range of its pre-crisis levels hours after G-7 countries intervened in the markets. Will it last?

  • Explaining Japan's Yen 'Repatriation Trade' Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 11:26 AM ET

    In the wake of the crisis in Japan, the yen has strengthened dramatically, which is counterintuitive. Usually, when a country's economy is expected to weaken, so does its currency, but  Japan is a unique case.

  • Yoshikami: Devastation and Hope in Japan Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 11:06 AM ET
    Fukushima nuclear power plant shown on March 15, 2011 following earthquake and tsunami, Japan, Tokyo Electric Power Co.

    There is no way to underscore the depth of the tragedy we see playing out before us as the potential of a nuclear nightmare of unprecedented proportions unfolds before our eyes. And while it pales in comparison to the human toll, the Japanese economy is also surely facing a period of great challenge.

  • A Bullish Options Bet on Honda Amid the Sell-Off Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 10:49 AM ET
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    In the depths of a panic-driven stocks sell-off this week, an options investor was making a big bullish bet on Japanese automaker Honda Motor .

  • Japanese Disaster to Delay Nuclear Plans: Expert Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 10:30 AM ET
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    Plans to develop new nuclear reactors may have to be put on hold until world leaders assess the causes of Japan's nuclear disaster and how to prevent a repeat of the accident, Luis Echavarri, director of the OECD's Nuclear Energy Agency told CNBC.

  • The Yen Calms Down, but Action Continues Elsewhere Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 9:57 AM ET

    The yen is settling into a range after coordinated intervention by G-7 countries, but there's plenty of excitement elsewhere — it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Backroom Talks, Secret Protocol Mark G7 Intervention Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 5:20 AM ET

    The Group of Seven nations have agreed to a secret protocol to guide their coordinated intervention and won’t reveal it in order to keep currency markets guessing, according to people familiar with the matter.