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Nikkei's rise in fiscal 2014 sharpest in 9 years

TOKYO -- The Nikkei Stock Average climbed about 30% over a year through Tuesday as a weak yen boosted corporate earnings. A broad array of investors flocked to the market during the period as more companies increased shareholder rewards. The ...

  • Bubble or bright future?

    Chinese stocks dip on profit-taking

    SHANGHAI -- Chinese shares retreated Tuesday as a result of investors locking in profits on real estate shares, with the Shanghai Composite Index falling 1.02%. On Monday, rumors circulated that the People's Bank of China would ease home loan req...

  • Indonesian equities

    Weak rupiah weighs on market

    JAKARTA -- Indonesia's stocks have trended downward since earlier this month as the soft home currency makes fuel more costly for companies and consumers alike. The Jakarta Composite Index edged up 0.8% to 5,438.7 on Monday, rising a second strai...

  • Nikko tie-up

    Asset manager taps Eurasia Group's emerging-market risk indexes

    TOKYO -- Nikko Asset Management intends to develop new investment products targeting various emerging economies, working with Eurasia Group. The Japanese asset manager will adopt risk indexes, which are calculated by the U.S. consultancy based on...

  • Influx from overseas

    Norwegian pension fund's Japan-stock holdings grew 30% in 2014

    TOKYO -- Norway's Government Pension Fund held roughly 4.8 trillion yen ($39.9 billion) in Japanese stocks at the end of 2014, up 30% from a year earlier. The fund, one of the world's largest affiliated with a government, invests in international...

  • India's rapid growth

    Changes in urban slums could boost national income

    SINGAPORE -- Mumbai is mixture of contrasting lifestyles. The major Indian business hub is filled with skyscrapers filled with global companies and large banks while also being home to numerous slums. The nation's recent economic growth has also ...

  • Tokyo shares shaken

    Nikkei volatile as foreigners lose faith in US

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Stock Average swung widely Friday as overseas investors lost confidence in the American economy, which had helped bolster equities here. The index finished 185 points below the previous day's closing price. It rose as high as ...

  • Chinese equities rise

    Investors gain confidence in real estate sector

    HONG KONG -- Chinese stocks, led by real estate issues, ended higher Friday, with the Shanghai Composite Index climbing 0.3% to 3,691.10, near an 82-month high just recorded Tuesday. Investor worries about the country's slumping real estate marke...

  • Boao Forum 2015

    Investors keeping eye on bank, infrastructure plans

    HONG KONG -- The annual Boao Forum for Asia opened Thursday in its namesake Hainan Province city, with host China likely setting the agenda by focusing on its proposed infrastructure bank and Silk Roads. The initiatives represent two sides of Chi...

  • Singaporean equities

    Market unfazed by Lee Kuan Yew's passing

    SINGAPORE -- Shares traded higher here Thursday, even as most Southeast Asian markets ended lower. The benchmark Straits Times Index edged up 0.36% to finish the day at 3,431.59. Monday's death of founding father Lee Kuan Yew has not adversel...

  • Thai equities

    Telecom sector leads continuing slide

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's stock market declined again Wednesday, with telecommunications issues suffering in particular amid skepticism over a coming spectrum auction. Thailand's benchmark SET Index fell for a fourth straight session, closing 0.1% lo...

  • Shanghai stocks

    Prices solid on expectations of more policy easing

    HONG KONG -- Activity in China's manufacturing sector dipped to an 11-month low in March, but Shanghai stocks remain at high levels on expectations for more policy easing to support growth. The flash HSBC/Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers'...

  • China fosters startups

    Shanghai OTC exchange creates market for high-tech stocks

    SHANGAHAI -- China's over-the-counter equity exchange will create a new market for high-tech stocks to support the Shanghai government's efforts to promote young, technology-driven businesses. The Shanghai Equity Exchange (SEE) will establish a "...

  • Workers' welfare

    Tokyo bourse, ministry promote 'healthy' companies

    TOKYO -- Japan's economy ministry and the Tokyo Stock Exchange have compiled a list of 22 companies exemplifying "health-conscious management," sources told The Nikkei on Wednesday. These companies were singled out from the 3,500 or so listed on the ...

  • Shanghai high flyer

    Spring Airlines cools as investors take a breather

    HONG KONG -- The stock of Spring Airlines declined 3.79% on Tuesday, a day after reaching a record high on hopes for stellar earnings results. After regular trading hours at the Shanghai Stock Exchange on Monday, China's budget carrier unveiled r...

  • Mitra Keluarga Karyasehat

    Hospital operator surges on stock debut

    JAKARTA -- Shares of Indonesian hospital operator Mitra Keluarga Karyasehat closed 25% higher than the offering price at its stock market debut on Tuesday, reflecting strong investor appetite for healthcare stocks. Mitra Keluarga's shares closed ...

  • Shanghai stocks

    Market shows resilience despite bearish manufacturing data

    HONG KONG -- Shanghai stocks edged up Tuesday even with a weakening of a key economic indicator, highlighting the strength of the market. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index rose for a 10th straight trading day, albeit by a slight 0.1%. Th...

  • Capital policy Japan

    Wisdom of share buybacks questioned

    TOKYO -- Listed Japanese companies are rushing to buy back their shares in the face of market calls for raising returns on equity. While short-term investors seeking quick returns welcome the trend, long-term investors are hardly enthusiastic. ...

  • New high

    Japan Exchange Group tops 1 trillion yen market cap mark

    TOKYO -- The market valuation of the operator of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Osaka Securities Exchange surpassed 1 trillion yen ($8.26 billion) for the first time on a strong earnings forecast backed by a bullish stock market. Japan Exchange Gro...

  • Weighing down growth

    Vietnam stocks suffer under new lending rules

    HANOI -- Stock prices in Vietnam dipped Monday despite slowing inflation and lower lending rates, as the market struggles to shake off the impact of new government restrictions on loans to investors. The Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange's VN index fell...