Equities

Cheung Kong and Hutchison Whampoa Chairman Li Ka-shing

Hutchison Whampoa merger in works

In Hong Kong, Cheung Kong's shares soar

HONG KONG -- Real estate giant Cheung Kong Holdings' shares have been soaring, thanks in large part to a planned merger and reorganization with group conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa that highlights Chairman Li Ka-shing's acumen. Cheung Kong rose t...

  • Shanghai stocks

    Real estate sector losing steam

    SHANGHAI -- Real estate shares were one of the driving forces behind last year's rally in the Shanghai Stock Exchange, but they are clearly losing momentum now on grim prospects for China's housing market. The Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0....

  • Singapore stocks

    Government spending plan props up prices

    SINGAPORE -- Singapore's stock market remained at lofty levels as a government plan to spend heavily on long-term growth bolstered investor sentiment. The Straits Times Index dipped on Thursday but stayed close to the two-year high marked on Feb....

  • Trading in Japan

    Global investors focusing on dividends

    TOKYO -- Japan's dividend index futures for 2016 have risen 10% since October. Investors, who are driving the growth, believe listed companies here will pay put more because of earnings growth. If companies pay higher dividends, the flow of money...

  • Global market rally

    Easy money buoying stocks as risks recede

    TOKYO -- With concerns over tumbling crude prices and the crisis in Greece retreating, the gusher of liquidity unleashed by the Japanese, U.S. and European central banks is flowing into stock markets worldwide. The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit...

  • Hitting 20,000

    Foreign investment, high ROE could keep Tokyo stocks humming

    TOKYO -- Foreign investment and more efficient use of capital may be the key to a continued rally on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, as Japan's benchmark index approaches the 20,000 level for the first time since the information technology bubble in 2000. ...

  • Boon of cheaper crude

    South Korean shares up on hopes for stronger consumer spending

    SEOUL -- South Korea's benchmark stock index continued its winning streak Wednesday on heavy buying by foreigners anticipating that lower crude oil prices will leave consumers with more money to spend. The Korea Composite Stock Price Index rose 0...

  • Tokyo stock surge

    Market cap ranking reveals changes in corporate Japan

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Stock Average hit its highest point in about 15 years on Feb. 19, closing at 18,264, and extending those gains to 18,603 by Feb. 24. Shifts in the composition of the top 20 Japanese companies by stock market value over that period...

  • Itsuo Toshima

    Yellen testimony could boost Japan stocks

    TOKYO -- The overall impression from U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's Congressional testimony Feb. 24 is that even though it could raise interest rates as early as June, the Fed is more likely to wait longer. That's because it will be Septem...

  • Asian stocks

    Scandal-hit HSBC casts shadow on Hong Kong market

    HONG KONG -- Amid a general upswing in Asian stock markets, Hong Kong shares languished Tuesday, dragged down by a plunge in financial giant HSBC Holdings. The Hang Seng Index dropped 86 points to 24,750, falling for the first time in seven sessi...

  • Stock rally

    Just a free ride on the easing wave?

    TOKYO -- Amid the wave of monetary easing sweeping the world, it is worth remembering that markets driven by such measures could be in constant fluctuation. On the back of central banks' loosening of their policies, money is flooding into equity ...

  • Japanese development funds

    Tokyo bourse operator aims to open infrastructure market in April

    TOKYO -- Tokyo Stock Exchange, operator of Japan's main bourse, will as early as April open a market for trading funds specializing in infrastructure development. The Japan Exchange Group unit aims to apply for permission from the Financial Servi...

  • Seeking stability

    KDDI aims to double retail investors by end of fiscal 2015

    TOKYO -- Japan's KDDI wants to double its roster of individual investors to roughly 100,000 by the end of fiscal 2015, hoping to stabilize its share price by bringing back traders with long-term horizons. Individuals with stakes in the telecommun...

  • Faded allure

    Foreign actors continue to steer clear of Thai stocks

    BANGKOK -- Overvalued stocks and political uncertainties continue to deter foreign investors from the Thai market. The Stock Exchange of Thailand Index fell 0.6% on Monday after topping 1,600 last week, as investors rushed to lock in profits. ...

  • Japanese equities

    Market rewarding confidence in business investments

    TOKYO -- Bold plays for growth won't go unrewarded: Such may be the message that the stock market was trying to send companies Monday. Consider a trio of stocks that outdid the Nikkei Stock Average's 0.7% gain. Euglena advanced 12.5%, Mitsubishi ...

  • Tempest in a Twitter account

    Shadowy research company makes out Hong Kong's Noble Group to be another Enron

    SINGAPORE -- Last week, an incendiary report titled, "Noble Group, a Repeat of Enron," written by an obscure research company, caused an immense stir in Singapore's stock market, sending the big commodities trader's shares into a tailspin. The re...

  • Behind rosy stocks

    Indonesian manufacturers suffering from weak currency

    JAKARTA -- Manufacturers in Indonesia are struggling with rising import costs caused by the rupiah's decline, even as stock prices here hover at historic highs. The Jakarta Composite Index rose a third straight session Friday, gaining 0.2% to a r...

  • BRICs in flux

    Ex-Goldman guru says it's India's time to shine

    The so-called BRICs grouping of developing countries -- comprising Brazil, Russia, India and China -- helped drive the global economy after the financial crisis erupted in 2008. But the dynamics among these nations are changing, with powerhouse China...

  • Higher dollar returns

    Foreign investors lured to Tokyo stocks

    TOKYO -- Foreign investors are flocking to buy Tokyo shares that have become more attractive in dollar terms, pushing the Nikkei Stock Average to its highest level since the start of 2014 on Wednesday. The benchmark index bounced back 1.18% to cl...

  • Chinese equities

    Consolidation rumors fuel buying in oil stocks

    HONG KONG -- Shares in some of China's largest state-owned oil companies rose Wednesday as investors seized on a report that the government is weighing proposals to thin the herd. The Hang Seng Index rose a fifth straight session amid subdued tra...