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  • Slump in Commodities Hammers Asian Markets Tuesday, 5 Aug 2008 | 5:12 AM ET
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    Asian markets extended Monday's losses amid sharp falls in commodities and deepening fears of a weakening global economy.

  • Oil Prices, Economic Fears Hit Asian Markets Monday, 4 Aug 2008 | 5:20 AM ET

    Asian markets fell Monday as a rebound in oil prices to above $126 revived inflation concerns at a time when major economies such as the U.S. and Japan are already seen headed for tough times. Japan lost 1.2% while South Korea fell almost 2%.

  • Asian markets extended losses in the afternoon session Friday after disappointing U.S. economic data revived concerns about a recession in the world's top economy and bearish comments from former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan sank Wall Street.

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    The Nikkei 225 Average fell 2.2% on Friday, as electronics maker NEC Corp plunged 14 % on a sharp drop in quarterly earnings and a ratings cut by a brokerage, while banks slid on sharp profit declines.

  • Asian Stocks End Higher, Investors Mull Financials Thursday, 31 Jul 2008 | 6:48 AM ET

    Asian stocks were mostly higher Thursday, though markets pared back gains as investors weighed central bank support for the financial sector against continued uncertainty about growth and the worry that loose monetary policy could fuel inflation further out. 

  • Asian Markets Rally on Strong Dollar, Weak Oil Wednesday, 30 Jul 2008 | 5:29 AM ET

    Asian markets rallied Wednesday as investors joined Wall Street's optimism that the worst news from U.S. banks might be over and took heart from a strengthening dollar and falling oil prices. Japan and Australia both closed higher.

  • Asian Stocks Slide as Financial Crisis Worsens Tuesday, 29 Jul 2008 | 6:04 AM ET

    Asian stocks tumbled Tuesday, after Merrill Lynch, the third-largest U.S. investment bank, said it would take a $5.7 billion write down related to bad debt, draining confidence in the unstable financial sector.  Japan and Australia both fell 1.5%.

  • Asian Markets Mostly Higher, But Australia Slips Monday, 28 Jul 2008 | 5:21 AM ET

    Asian markets were mostly higher Monday as financial sector uncertainty lingered ahead of a slew of company earnings. Exporters advanced on the back of a stronger U.S. dollar which rose to a one-month high.

  • Asian Markets Fall Sharply on US Outlook Friday, 25 Jul 2008 | 6:54 AM ET

    Asian markets were sharply lower Friday, ending a four-day rally, after bleak U.S. economic data weighed on financials, while a drop in the U.S. dollar against the yen hit exporters such as Toyota Motor.

  • Weaker Oil Prices Lift Asian Markets Thursday, 24 Jul 2008 | 5:15 AM ET

    Oil prices fell to a seven-week low below $125 a barrel Thursday as U.S. energy demand was seen reaching a tipping point, sending investors back into Asian stocks for the fourth consecutive day. Both Japan and South Korea closed 2% higher.

  • Asian Markets Rally on Easing Oil Prices Wednesday, 23 Jul 2008 | 6:45 AM ET

    Asian markets strengthened Wednesday, as a drop in oil prices boosted cost-sensitive transport and consumer stocks, while a rise in the U.S. dollar lifted exporters. Both South Korea and Australia climbed 2 percent.

  • Asian Markets Ease on US Earnings, But Tokyo Jumps 3% Tuesday, 22 Jul 2008 | 6:03 AM ET

    Asian stocks outside of Japan slipped Tuesday after a landslide of lower-than-expected U.S. corporate results sparked fears of a pullback in consumer demand, boding ill for the region's exporters. But Tokyo rallied 3% higher.

  • Seoul, Sydney Climb 3% as Asian Markets Surge Monday, 21 Jul 2008 | 5:45 AM ET

    Asian markets surged Monday, helped by a smaller-than-expected loss at Citigroup that provided comfort about the financial sector's stability ahead of more results this week from banks and industrial companies. Both South Korea and Australia gained over 3%.

  • Asian Markets Slip, Banks Lose Momentum Friday, 18 Jul 2008 | 6:21 AM ET

    Asian markets fell Friday, hurt by resource-related shares stung by oil's 10% decline this week and by weaker-than-expected results from Merrill Lynch, which deflated hopes for a recovery in the financial sector.

  • Asian Markets Rebound, Japan Climbs 1% Thursday, 17 Jul 2008 | 5:10 AM ET

    Asian markets rebounded but were off their highs Thursday, boosted by Wall Street's rally Wednesday and a decline in oil prices, providing some relief from fears about the global credit crisis spiraling out of control. Japan closed 1% higher.

  • Asian Stocks Mixed, Economic Uncertainty Remains Wednesday, 16 Jul 2008 | 5:17 AM ET

    Asian markets seesawed Wednesday with investors uncertain about global growth prospects, the state of the financial sector and volatile oil prices. Japan finished flat, South Korea fell but Australia gained over 1%.

  • Financials Sink Asia, Seoul Drops 3%, Tokyo Sheds 2% Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | 5:17 AM ET

    Asian markets tumbled Tuesday with Japan and Australia losing 2% and South Korea tumbling 3%. Investor confidence waned in the region's financial sector, which faces high inflation, a stricter lending environment and massive volatility from overseas markets.

  • Asian Stocks Mostly Lower, Wary of US Plan Monday, 14 Jul 2008 | 5:09 AM ET

    Asian markets were mostly weaker Monday after Washington unveiled an emergency plan to rescue the top U.S. mortgage finance companies, offering to buy shares if necessary. Japan and South Korea both closed slightly lower.

  • Asian Stocks Rally on Fannie, Freddie Report Friday, 11 Jul 2008 | 5:10 AM ET

    Most Asian markets made a sharp turn into positive territory after the New York Times reported that the U.S. government is considering taking over the two top U.S. mortgage finance companies.

  • Asian Markets End Mixed as Credit Concerns Persist Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | 5:28 AM ET

    Asian stocks were mixed Thursday with South Korea finishing over 1% higher in a volatile session which saw markets seesawing between negative and positive territory.