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A protester hits a defaced cutout of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, as they protest near the central government offices in the business district of Admiralty in Hong Kong September 29,2014.

As tensions continue to flare in Hong Kong, the central government in Beijing is calling on protesters to consider the economic damage they are doing to their city. But while blocked roads and people skipping work are probably affecting the city’s output, the long-term stakes of the conflict far outweigh those immediate concerns, experts say. Leung …

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A protester raises his umbrellas in front of tear gas which was fired by riot police to disperse protesters in Hong Kong, September 28, 2014.

Unrest in Hong Kong is spooking markets for fear it could escalate, challenging Beijing to make a measured political response, at a time when Chinese and global growth are at the heart of market anxiety. Worries about soft Chinese growth and European weakness has made investors uneasy, while the U.S. Federal Reserve signals it is …

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Riot police use pepper spray as they clash with protesters, as tens of thousands of protesters block the main street to the financial Central district outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong September 28, 2014.

Brazil, Hong Kong, Spain —take your pick. International uncertainty is the order of the day, and it’s spilling over into U.S. markets. First, exchange-traded funds that serve as emerging market proxies, like the Brazil ETF, are suffering. The iShares MSCI Brazil index is down 4 percent as voter polls over the weekend indicate the incumbent, Dilma Rousseff …

Manufacturing pickup in China

China reported a much-needed lift in manufacturing, amid concerns that its overall economic growth may be slowing.

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Chinese Yuan notes

Over the past few years, there’s been an influx of Chinese money into the U.S., increasing from about $58 million in 2000 to $14 billion in 2013. The Chinese are interested in acquiring everything from American companies to commercial and residential real estate. Their motivation is straightforward: They feel their assets are much better protected …

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jingping attend a welcoming ceremony on May 20, 2014 in Shanghai, China.

While the West ramps up pressure on Russia and its President Vladimir Putin over the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner over eastern Ukraine, Moscow is finding some support from the East. Read More Stocks lower as geopolitical worries weigh Since the weekend Chinese media have been highly critical of the approach of Western nations such as the U.S., saying …

China’s slowing consumers—a bump to US companies?

Add this to the laundry list of headaches for corporate America: The Chinese consumer is slowing. Watch for signs of weakness when China’s monthly retail sales data are reported Friday. Economists are looking for a gain of 12.1 percent in May, according to Reuters, a slight increase from the 11.9 percent rise in April. That …

Chinese car buyers

The U.S. isn’t the only place to see cars rushing out of showrooms. The same thing is going on in China. Thanks to the growing middle class there, consumers are eager to buy many of the same luxury brands American buyers lust after. But as Eunice Yoon shows us, buying a car in china is …

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A new report says China will overtake the U.S. as the world’s largest economy a lot sooner than originally thought.

Malaysia PM: MH 370′s flight met its fate in Southern Indian Ocean

Authorities consider the doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, missing for more than two weeks, to be lost “beyond any reasonable doubt” somewhere in the Indian Ocean, with all passengers and crew assumed to have perished. The fate of the missing plane has captivated the world since March 8, when the Beijing-bound Boeing 777-200 vanished mysteriously from civilian …

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The drumbeat of bad news about debt defaults in China is likely to continue as the government appears unlikely to step in, but comparisons with Lehman Brothers or Bear Stearns may be overdone. “It will cause a lot of volatility in credit markets and the equities market. People will lose money,” said Lim Say Boon, …

Currency shake-up

Investors are also watching closely China’s currency. The People’s Bank of China has decided to allow the Yuan to climb or fall as much as two percent per day against the dollar. Most currencies by contrast are free floating. This may sound like a small move, but its a big step toward a more market-based …

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Malaysian authorities said the search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 had been extended on Friday, amid news reports that the plane could have been deliberately flown off-course towards the Andaman Islands. Reports continue to trickle in about the whereabouts of the plane – which has been missing for almost a week. Reuters reported Friday …

China slowdown

What’s really going on inside the world’s second largest economy, how much is it slowing and what does it mean for the global markets, we get some answers.

Deflation wave?

If prices start falling on Chinese-made goods, could that lead to a wave of deflation in our economy and across the globe.