Equities

Shanghai stocks

Interest rate cut produces good vibrations

HONG KONG -- The Shanghai Composite Index rose for a fourth straight session Tuesday, climbing to a three-year high as last week's interest rate cut by the Chinese central bank continued to pay dividends in investor confidence. While the Chinese ...

  • Tokyo Stock Exchange

    Third time unlucky for bourse's bid to extend hours

    TOKYO -- The Tokyo Stock Exchange has once again shelved plans to lengthen its trading day after finding little support among brokerages. "We made our best effort, but I'm afraid we must conclude that the time isn't right," Atsushi Saito, chief e...

  • Tourism tailwind

    Visitor influx sends some Japanese stocks soaring

    TOKYO -- The softening yen is pulling in more foreign visitors to Japan -- and giving a boost to stocks in companies benefiting from the tourism bump. One company whose shares are riding higher is Gurunavi, operator of an online restaurant guide....

  • China's monetary easing

    Real estate leads stock rally after central bank cuts rates

    SHANGHAI -- Chinese financial markets have responded positively to the central bank's first lowering of lending rates in 28 months, yet whether the move will help smaller businesses as intended remains unclear. The People's Bank of China cut its ...

  • Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect

    Cross-trading link off to slow start on China economy fears

    HONG KONG -- The launch of a long-awaited link between the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges fell short of expectations, stymied by the prospect of economic slowdown in China and poor preparation. Net investment during the first week stood a...

  • Day trading

    Not all Japan's individual investors out for quick killing

    TOKYO -- Say the words "day trader" and one calls to mind someone hunched over a computer at home, looking to turn a quick profit on fluctuating stock prices, buying and selling shares many times a day. But not all day traders fit the stereotype....

  • Japan's stock prices

    Can market sustain growth without Abenomics magic?

    TOKYO -- The Tokyo equities market slid Monday on sluggish July-September gross domestic product data. Many investors went risk-off temporarily and selling spread to stock index futures, said Trevor Hill, managing executive officer at SMBC Nikko ...

  • Shanghai-Hong Kong stock market link

    Waiting for the next train

    HONG KONG -- A long-awaited connection giving foreign investors direct access to the Shanghai stock market through Hong Kong opened Monday to surprisingly little activity. The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect, referred to as the "through train," ...

  • Asset managers taking their opinions into Japan Inc. boardrooms

    TOKYO -- Institutional investors are changing. Now, they not only buy and sell stocks but also rack their brains on behalf of the companies they invest in. This has raised hopes for a virtuous cycle of shareholders playing a role in fostering com...

  • Malaysia's subsidy cut fuels inflation fears

    SINGAPORE -- Malaysia's benchmark stock index fell Thursday amid signs of an uptick in inflation. Prices of gasoline and other fuels have risen by about 10% since Malaysia's government moved to reduce fuel subsidies last month. Falling prices...

  • Foreign investors rock Tokyo on rumors of tax hike delay

    HONG KONG/SINGAPORE -- Overseas investors jolted the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Wednesday in response to comments by government officials on the possibility of dissolving the lower house and postponing a planned tax hike. The Nikkei Stock Average ro...

  • Alibaba's advance: Ma eyes Alipay IPO in China

    HONG KONG -- Mere months after China's e-commerce giant conducted a record-breaking initial public offering in New York, Alibaba Group Chairman Jack Ma has indicated a desire to list online payment processing company Alipay in China. The stock ma...

  • Taiwan bourse down as China-South Korea FTA completion nears

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan stocks shed 1.28% to close below 9,000 on Wednesday, after Chinese and South Korean leaders reached broad agreements on a free trade deal earlier this week in Beijing. Taiwanese officials have warned that Taiwan's gross domestic ...

  • Taiwan bourse down as China-South Korea FTA completion nears

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan stocks shed 1.28% to close below 9,000 Wednesday after Chinese and South Korean leaders reached broad agreements on a free trade deal earlier this week in Beijing. Taiwanese officials have warned Taiwan's gross domestic product ...

  • Stock investors eager to hop on Shanghai-Hong Kong 'through train'

    HONG KONG -- Chinese and Hong Kong securities regulators have given investors reason to smile -- and maybe cause for concern -- announcing on Nov. 10 a long-awaited link between the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges. The tie-up is scheduled to t...

  • Picking winners from the Hong Kong-Shanghai market tie-up

    HONG KONG -- The Shanghai and Hong Kong stock markets are very different in terms of the companies listed and the investors who trade on them. Individuals account for more than 80% of those trading yuan-denominated Chinese shares, or A-shares, on the...

  • Rumors of snap election prop up stock prices in Tokyo

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Stock Average recovered to the 17,000 range for the first time in more than seven years Tuesday on rumors that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may dissolve the lower house. Stock prices are now more than ever being determined by the int...

  • Hopes for stronger Japanese stocks fading, market survey finds

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Stock Average briefly topped 17,000 this month, propelled upward by a pair of announcements on Oct. 31. One was the Bank of Japan's pledge of extra stimulus, and the other was the Government Pension Investment Fund's revision of i...

  • Global money set to flow into Chinese stocks

    SHANGHAI -- With the debut of the Shanghai-Hong Kong stock exchange link next week, China is expected to see inflows of money from investors across the globe -- retail and institutional alike. Chinese securities regulators said Monday that foreig...

  • Hong Kong-mainland bourse link to go live Nov. 17

    HONG KONG -- The operator of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange said Monday that it is ready to open a trading connection with the mainland Nov. 17. Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing's move will make 568 Shanghai-listed stocks available to retail and ot...