America's Next Great Carmaker: Toyota?

Perhaps the most surprising recent news in the auto industry last week was this little gem. In large part owing to President Obama's negotiation of a free trade agreement with South Korea earlier this year, Toyota will be expanding exports of U.S.-built vehicles to Korea for sale.

G-7 Pledges to Restrain Japanese Yen

Japan's Nikkei 225 Index advanced 2.7% on Friday, ending a turbulent week at 9,207. In Hong Kong the Hang Seng Index inched up 0.1% to 22,300 and in China the Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.3% to close at 2,907.

Bucking a Trend: Why the Dollar Could Rally in 2011

Despite all the headwinds blowing against it -- and they're fierce -- the U.S. dollar has been holding its own against the world's major currencies. And if the U.S. recovery remains on track, the greenback has good odds of actually strengthening in 2011.

Toyota Fights Recall Woes and Stronger Yen

The Japanese automaker's bottom line is likely to have been affected by its continuing safety recalls, weaker U.S. sales and the rising value of the yen, which has made exports more expensive. Analysts forecast Toyota will report a quarterly profit of about $1 billion on sales of $56.2 billion.

Why Japan Is Rushing to Aid Europe: It's All About China

World markets got a boost this week from Japan's pledge to help overly indebted EU nations. What's behind Japan's move? Sure, the spirit of global cooperation is part of it. But much more significant is Tokyo's need to keep pace with Beijing in the influence game.

Shares Slide in Asia as China Vows to Tackle Rising Prices

Asian shares slid Tuesday as investors worry about government efforts to stabilize prices in the People's Republic. China's Shanghai Composite Index tumbled 1.7%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index fell 0.9% and in Japan the Nikkei 225 Index slipped 0.6%.

Black Friday Boom Boosts Asian Exporter Stocks

In Asia Monday Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index gained 1.3% and Japan's Nikkei 225 Index advanced 0.9%, buoyed by retail gains in the U.S. over the Thanksgiving weekend. But in China the Shanghai Composite Index slid 0.2% as investors continue to worry about the effects of tightening measures.

It's Time for a New Reserve Currency: Meet the Mondo

For a host of reasons, other countries would love to free their economies from the stranglehold of the U.S. dollar's influence, especially now, when the Fed's stimulus actions are pushing the dollar lower, and everything else higher. Global finance expert Peter Cohan has a simple answer: The Mondo.

What the Stocks vs. Dollar Seesaw Is Saying Now

For a host of reasons, when the dollar spikes, stocks drop, and when the dollar falls, stocks soar. Right now, with dollar sentiment reaching maximum bearishness, contrarians are preparing for the next seesaw shift. If the dollar rises again, stocks could reverse.

Asian Markets Up on Improved U.S. Employment Numbers

Shares in Asia rose Monday, boosted by good news in the U.S. job market. In Japan the Nikkei 225 Index advanced 1.1% and in China the Shanghai Composite Index climbed 1%. In Hong Kong the Hang Seng Index inched up 0.4%.

Asian Markets Surge Thanks to QE2

Shares in Asia rose sharply Thursday, thanks to Ben Bernanke's brand new rescue package. In Japan the Nikkei 225 Index climbed 2.2% to close at 9,359 and in China the Shanghai Composite Index advanced 1.8% to 3,087. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 1.6% to end the day at 24,536.

Asian Markets Are Mixed as Investors Eye U.S. Elections

In Asia on Tuesday, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 0.1%, China's Shanghai Composite inched down 0.3%. and in Japan, the Nikkei 225 crept up 0.1%. Investors are closely monitoring the U.S. midterm elections, with many predicting that if the Democrats lose their majorities in both the House and the Senate, the dollar will continue to slide.

Will Toyota Build a Second Mexico Plant as Yen Surges?

Toyota may build another factory in Mexico to produce small cars as the world's largest automaker shifts more capacity outside Japan to remain competitive. The yen's strength on world markets is said to be prompting the move.

Dollar Falls to 15-Year Low Against Yen

The dollar fell to a 15-year low against the yen and the weakest since January against the euro on speculation that the Federal Reserve will ease monetary policy. The dollar slipped 0.8% to 81.13 yen at 6:37am in New York, from 81.81 yen on Wednesday. Earlier, it fell to 80.89 yen, the weakest since 1995. The dollar fell to as low as $1.4122 against the euro, the weakest since Jan. 26.

Asian Markets Soar as Japan Springs into Action

Japan's ruling Democratic Party proposed yet another economic stimulus package, this one for more than $58 billion, sending the Nikkei climbing 1.8%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 1.1%, while markets in China remained closed.

Hong Kong Property Sales of $1.4 Billion Boost Hang Seng

In Asia Monday Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 1.2%, boosted by huge property sales over the holiday weekend. Meanwhile, Japan's Nikkei 225 Index inched down 0.2%. Markets in China were closed following National Day celebrations.

Will the Export Economy Spark a Currency War?

Countries from Japan to Brazil and Mexico to Malaysia are trying to intervene in currency markets to alter the value of their currency. The widespread dependence on exports is the prime reason for these moves, which can be tricky and even backfire.

Rumors of New Chinese Banking Regulations Impact Lenders' Shares

Asian markets closed lower Thursday. Whispers that Chinese banking regulators might boost capital adequacy ratios sent shudders through the market and shares in Chinese banks lower. The Shanghai Composite Index sank 1.9% and in Hong Kong the Hang Seng Index inched down 0.2%. Japan's Nikkei 225 Index dipped 0.1%.

Japan PM Announces $11 Billion Stimulus Plan, Asian Markets Rise

Minister Naoto Kan announced a new $11 billion stimulus plan designed to promote job creation, coax shoppers back into stores, and stem the surge in the value of the yen. In China the Shanghai Composite Index inched up 0.3% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index added 0.4%.

Japan Gets a Boost From Exports

Mired in deflation and stagnant for decades, Japan has been the economic basket case of the developed world, a cautionary example of malaise run amuck. But because it's export-oriented, the world's third-largest economy is getting an unexpected lift from roaring growth

Yen Gains to 15-Year High Against U.S. Dollar

The yen strengthened to a 15-year high against the U.S. dollar as investors bet against the country%u2019s policy to limit the gains in the currency. The yen strengthened to 83.34 per dollar, compared to 83.80 late Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reported.