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  • Japanese Disaster to Delay Nuclear Plans: Expert Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 10:30 AM ET
    Fukushima Daiichi Plant_200.jpg

    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.

  • Prepare to Buy Japan With Both Hands: SocGen Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 5:01 AM ET

    Japanese stocks are beginning to look cheap, according to Societe Generale Strategist Dylan Grice.

  • Can Yen Intervention Work in the Long Term? Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 4:21 AM ET
    Yen coins and banknotes

    The G7’s agreement on joint action to push the yen lower has, so far, had the desired effect, reversing much of this week’s gain for the yen and boosting equities in Tokyo.

  • Nikkei Losses to Double: Economist Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 4:10 AM ET

    As the market begins the process of second guessing the G7’s coordinated action to keep the yen lower, High Frequency Economics is warning investors the damage caused by the disaster in Japan is being both understated by the government and underappreciated outside of people in the immediate vicinity.

  • Knee-jerk reactions to catastrophes often fall wide of the mark, Stephen King, chief economist at HSBC told CNBC.

  • Multinationals Warn Over Japanese Supplies Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 1:24 AM ET

    Multinational companies in several sectors are warning of supply-chain disruptions, after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan, the Financial Times reports.

  • US Flights Over Plant Gather Crucial Data Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 7:55 PM ET
    In this satellite view, the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power plant after the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

    Readings from American flights over the stricken nuclear plant show that the worst of the contamination has not spewed past the 18-mile range established by Japan. The NYT reports.

  • Cramer: Temper Your Enthusiasm Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 7:47 PM ET

    Don't get too caught up in this rally, the "Mad Money" host said.

  • Hope from Japan Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 5:11 PM ET
    Japanese Self Defence Force's CH-47 Chinook helicopter holding more than seven tons water each with large buckets from the sea

    Better news from the Japan crisis today, as the nuclear power company Tepco appears to be on track to complete a power line to the Fukushima nuclear power plant this afternoon Tokyo time.

  • G-7 Ready to Help Japan But Isn't Sure What Tokyo Wants Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 4:20 PM 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.

    Japan will get what it wants from the Group of Seven teleconference of finance ministers and central bankers Thursday night, but G-7 sources say the group is still waiting for Japan to ask.

  • What Dow 30 Companies Are Doing to Help Japan Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 3:01 PM ET
    A worker walks among rolls of semi-finished aluminum at the Alcoa aluminum factory in Szekesefehervar, Hungary.

    In the aftermath of Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami, many U.S. companies listed on the Dow 30 have offered various forms of aid to Japan's ongoing relief efforts. Read on to see how each company has contributed.

  • Global Tumult Sends Many Investors Back to Sidelines Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 2:25 PM ET
    A local investor watches the share-prices index display at a stock brokerage in Shanghai.

    "Until investors know the extent of the damage and nuclear fallout in Japan, the only certainty in the capital markets is that uncertainty will prevail," one strategist says.

  • Following the disasters in Japan, trader Steve Cortes on Thursday said China is in "a lot of trouble." Here's how he recommends trading it.

  • Busch: Risk-Off Revisit Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 12:13 PM ET

    While we await the outcome of the nuclear disaster in Japan, we could be witnessing a structural change in the global financial markets.

  • Yen's Rise Due to Repatriation May Be Overblown Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 11:20 AM ET

    Traders point to Japanese investors repatriating assets as a significant cause of the yen's dramatic rise. Really?

  • Farr: Luck of the Irish? Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 11:10 AM ET

    This week's market action has left a lot to be desired. But given everything that is going on, we should probably be thankful. After falling some 4-5% from its recent highs, the S&P 500 remains in positive territory for the year.

  • How Bad Can It Get in Japan? Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 10:20 AM ET
    An official in a full radiation protection suit scans an evacuated elderly woman with a geiger counter to check radiation levels in Koriyama city in Fukushima prefecture.

    Ever since the nuclear plants began deteriorating in Japan, there's been no shortage of coverage in the media. But it's been very hard to find anything on the bottom line: how bad could this get. If everything goes wrong, if we get multiple meltdowns, what happens? What's the worse case scenario?

  • One-on-One with Mitch McConnell Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 9:56 AM ET
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

    Here's the transcript from my recent interview with top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell. One of the key points he made from my perch is that he wants a broad-based budget deal, but absolutely no tax hike.