Jan 05, 2009 12:20 PM ET
Manufacturing index in China dropped for the third month in a row as companies shrink labor force and orders weaken. China plans to unveil stimulus package for auto industry aimed at encouraging sale of low emission cars. China issued third generation telecom licenses.
Jan 05, 2009 11:16 AM ET
Stocks in Japan rose after the yen fell and on the hopes that U.S. tax relief will stimulate demand for exports from Japan. Vehicle sales in December dropped 23% and for the year declined 6.5% from a year ago. Vehicle sales declined for the fifth year in a row.
Jan 05, 2009 10:23 AM ET
Australian stocks dropped on weak trading on media speculation that the Reserve Bank of Australia is not expected to lower interest rate at the next meeting in February. PanAust led advancers in the ASX 200 index shares with a surge of 106% after rolling over its US$80 million subordinated debt.