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  • New government sketches economic plan for Japan
    Japan's new governing coalition is expected to boost the country's 2013 growth forecast beyond 2%, anticipating that its new economic program will pay off. That plan, government sources say, will include initiatives on four fronts: monetary easing, deflation, energy policy and the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade pact. CNBC/Reuters (1/1) , Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan) (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Eurozone manufacturing gauge slips
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    The eurozone's recession, confirmed over the past two quarters, appears more likely than ever to carry over into the new year as a manufacturing gauge for December showed a decline rather than an increase from November, as earlier estimated. The December reading of 46.1 was well below the 50 break-even level. Bloomberg (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • U.K. manufacturing index turns up
    A sharp turn to the plus side in a measure of U.K. manufacturing last month is still likely to leave the economy in recession mode for the final quarter. The index from Markit and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply came in at 51.4, up from 49.2 in November. Meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron prepared to take up leadership of the Group of Eight countries with a call for bold economic initiatives in 2013. The Wall Street Journal (1/2) , Financial Times (tiered subscription model) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Global manufacturing index swings to plus side
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    China, the U.S. and the U.K. helped edge JPMorgan's Global Manufacturing PMI for December into positive territory for the first time since May, with a reading of 50.2. Meanwhile, the Group of Seven and BRIC nations will face substantially reduced sovereign debt refinancing costs in 2013 thanks to rallies in each nation's bond market for the first time since 2008. Reuters (1/2) , Bloomberg (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Asia's economies show resiliency despite global woes
    Economies throughout Asia were beginning to look more robust as revealed by a variety of measures even before Washington's budget deal eased short-term uncertainties in the key U.S. export market. The latest batch of encouraging purchasing managers' indexes "cements the idea that Asia has been doing OK despite what is going on in Europe and the U.S.," said HSBC economist Su Sian Lim. The Wall Street Journal (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Investors on both sides of the Atlantic registered a broad vote of confidence Wednesday after a long-awaited U.S. budget deal achieved final passage in Congress, averting a widely perceived risk of recession. The Stoxx Europe 600 jumped 2.02% to 285.33, and the S&P 500 climbed 2.54% to 1,462.42. Here is a continuously updated list of global stock indexes. The Wall Street Journal (1/3) , The Wall Street Journal (1/2) , CNNMoney (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Thai currency hits 3-month high even before U.S. budget deal
    With a sturdy domestic market and the prospect of improving exports, Thailand's currency reached a three-month high against the U.S. dollar. Looking ahead, meanwhile, the U.S. budget deal is expected to "support capital inflows and lift the baht higher," said Kampon Adireksombat, a senior economist in Bangkok at Tisco Securities. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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