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Japan will enter negotiations on Asia-Pacific trade agreement, media reports say – Washington Post

Abe is expected to make the announcement on Friday, the Kyodo news agency and several major dailies reported, citing unnamed government sources. But Kyodo added that if ongoing talks within Abe’s ruling party “get too heated,” the announcement date could be changed. Japanese officials often brief domestic media in advance of significant government decisions. A […]

ASIA MARKETS: Property Concerns Weigh On China Market – Fox Business

HONG KONG –  Asian markets were lower on Wednesday, with concerns about the Chinese property market pulling down stocks in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Stocks in mainland China remained weak, with the Shanghai Composite down 1% to 2,263.97, its fifth consecutive session of losses. Sentiment in the market remained weak after the latest set of […]

TREASURIES-Bonds gain in Asia, retail sales in focus – Reuters

TOKYO, March 13 | Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:08am EDT TOKYO, March 13 (Reuters) – U.S. Treasuries ticked up in Asia on Wednesday, extending their gains following a retreat in U.S. shares the previous day, with upcoming U.S. retail sales data in focus. * The yield on 10-year notes dipped slightly to 2.014 percent compared […]

ADB: In Asia, wealth buys access to clean water – MiamiHerald.com

MANILA, Philippines — Ninety-one percent of people living in Asia have improved access to clean water, a remarkable achievement over the last two decades in the world’s most populous region. But its richest countries and wealthiest citizens likely have better water supplies and governments better prepared for natural disasters. The assessments made by the Asian […]

Europe stocks track Asia lower, pressure on autos – MarketWatch

Europe stocks track Asia lower, pressure on autos – MarketWatch

By Barbara Kollmeyer MADRID (MarketWatch) — European stock markets opened mostly lower on Wednesday, tracking losses […]

Asia stocks down on bleak UK factory production – U.S. News & World Report

Asia stocks down on bleak UK factory production – U.S. News & World Report

By PAMELA SAMPSON, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets ran out of steam Wednesday after a sharp drop in Britain’s industrial production and a warning from the head of Germany’s central bank that the euro debt crisis isn’t over. Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann said Tuesday that the European Union needs to move ahead […]

Oil Futures Mixed in Asia; Brent Below $110/bbl – Wall Street Journal

Email Newsletters and Alerts The latest news and analysis delivered to your in-box. Check the boxes below to sign up. New! To sign up for Keyword or Symbol Alerts click here. To view or change all of your email settings, visit the Email Setup Center. Oil Futures Mixed in Asia; Brent Below $110/bbl – Wall […]

Asia Stocks Down On Bleak UK Factory Production – NPR

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets ran out of steam Wednesday after a sharp drop in Britain’s industrial production and a warning from the head of Germany’s central bank that the euro debt crisis isn’t over. Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann said Tuesday that the European Union needs to move ahead with reforms to keep troubles […]

Asia Extends Losses; Shanghai Slips 1% – CNBC.com

Weak corporate earnings weighed on Hong Kong markets. The Hang Seng Index eased 0.9 percent on Tuesday, coming off a three-week high it had hovered around in the past two sessions. Shares of Cathay Pacific slipped 0.7 percent after the airline announced it is expecting a 90 percent plunge in full-year net profit. Meanwhile, noodle […]

U.S. Beats Europe and Asia as Growing Property Investment Target – Bloomberg

Investors increased the amount of equity they plan to commit to U.S. real estate by 19 percent to $55 billion in the second half of last year, more than any other region, according to London-based broker DTZ. Money excluding debt intended for the Asia Pacific region rose by 15 percent to $40 billion and planned […]