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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Shares in Taiwan edged lower in thin trading Monday amid cautious sentiment, while the U.S. dollar rose against the Taiwan dollar Monday, gaining NT$0.038 to close at the day's high of NT$30.268.
 > Taiwan
On Monday, the financial regulator approved CTBC Financial Holdings' (中信金控) US$890 million acquisition of Taiwan Life Insurance (台灣人壽), a deal expected to help CTBC diversify beyond the island's crowded banking market.
 > Taiwan
Big data is a relatively new phenomenon in China, but it is already making a big impression, attracting some of the biggest names in Chinese business circles.
 > China
Japan's trade deficit surged nearly 70 percent to a record 13.75 trillion yen (US$134 billion) in the last fiscal year, the third straight year of deficit, as exports failed to keep pace with surging energy costs.
 > Japan
Rising costs for materials and labor appear to be pressuring U.S. businesses, according to a quarterly survey from the National Association of Business Economics.
Can't be bothered to show anyone what you're thinking? Then a Japanese scientist has the answer — a pair of digital eyes that can express delight and anger, or even feign boredom.
 > Japan
Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help fight climate change.
Hot money is flowing back into Asian economies driven by investors' appetite for risky assets and higher returns, as tension in the Ukraine subsides while the prospects of a slowdown in China raise hope for fresh stimulus.
Vietnam's steel import volume experienced a modest year-on-year increase of 2 percent to 2.2 million tonnes, valued at US$1.5 billion, in the first quarter of 2014.
 > Korea
Hasbro returned to profitability in its first quarter, driven by sales of girls' toys such as My Little Pony and Nerf Rebelle. The prior-year results were dragged down by restructuring charges.
  
  
  
  
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