Equities

Asian stocks

Indonesian market stays high despite political wrangling

JAKARTA -- While Asian stocks sagged broadly Friday, the Jakarta Stock Exchange Composite Index rose for the first time in three days. The index remains high after climbing to a record a week ago. It is about 5% higher than in mid-December, when ...

  • Regulators fret over frothy stocks

    Market jitters grow over when, how China's central bank will loosen

    HONG KONG -- There is a hot debate going on among China's financial market watchers over a likely loosening of the country's monetary policy. The consensus is that the People's Bank of China, the central bank, will expand the money supply in the near...

  • Singapore stocks

    Surprise monetary easing fails to stir market

    SINGAPORE -- Singaporean shares edged down Thursday as markets across Asia turned in a lackluster performance. The Monetary Authority of Singapore on Wednesday eased its monetary policy, seeking a slower pace of appreciation of the Singaporean do...

  • Asian stocks

    Earnings concerns weigh on Shanghai shares

    SHANGHAI -- The Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index slid for a second straight day on Wednesday amid a broad downtrend in the Asian market. The index ended 1.41% lower at 3,305, with uncertainty about earnings weighing on investors' minds whi...

  • Taiwan's iPhone suppliers

    Share prices mixed after Apple earnings report

    TAIPEI -- Shares of major Taiwanese suppliers of Apple Inc. ended mixed Wednesday after the U.S. tech giant reported a record quarter while releasing a mild forecast. The Cupertino, California-based company saw its net profit for the first fisca...

  • Hong Kong shares

    Credit concerns dog Chinese property developers

    HONG KONG -- Worries about cash-strapped Chinese real estate developers dragged down the blue-chip Hang Seng Index for the first time in six sessions Tuesday, with investors locking in profits ahead of the psychologically significant 25,000 milestone...

  • SGX's new venture

    Singapore bourse to launch equity crowdfunding platform

    SINGAPORE -- Singapore Exchange plans to launch an online capital-raising platform for Asian entrepreneurs and small to midsize enterprises (SMEs). The bourse announced on Monday that it will form a joint venture with Clearbridge Accelerator, a S...

  • Singapore stocks

    Crude slide may pull down equities

    SINGAPORE -- Falling oil prices could weigh down Singapore's stock market in 2015. Being a small country with limited resources, Singapore has since its founding nurtured excellent human resources and achieved economic growth by developing strong...

  • Nikkei ends at 1-month high as market shakes off Greece vote

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Nikkei stock index ended at a one-month high Tuesday as investors saw limited negative impact from an anti-austerity party's victory in the Greek election. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended up 299.78 points, or 1.72 pe...

  • Nikkei rises to near 1-month high as market shakes off Greece vote

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Nikkei stock index rose to its highest level in nearly a month Tuesday morning as investors saw the negative effects of an anti-austerity party's victory in Greece's election as being limited. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Avera...

  • Tokyo stocks open higher amid yen's weakness

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo stocks opened higher Tuesday with the yen's weakness against the U.S. dollar supporting export-oriented stocks. In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average rose 214.64 points, or 1.23 percent, fro...

  • Immunity from impeachment drama

    Thai stocks thriving on stability stemming from martial law

    BANGKOK -- Thai stock prices remain at their highest levels since the beginning of 2014 thanks to the country's continued peace and order even in the face of the impeachment of a former leader. The Stock Exchange of Thailand Index fell 0.63% to 1...

  • Singaporean equities

    Oil-linked stocks may be starting to turn a corner

    SINGAPORE -- Shares in companies listed here whose fortunes are tied to natural resources are showing signs of rebounding as petroleum prices seem to bottom out. Offshore oil rig builder Sembcorp Marine ended Friday 5% above its Jan. 16 close. Re...

  • Stock Exchange of Thailand

    Bourse unfazed by military vendetta against Yingluck

    BANGKOK -- As the European Central Bank's announcement overnight of a larger than anticipated bond-buying program spurred trading in Asian bourses on Friday, the Thai market turned out top gainer with its benchmark index climbing 2.43% from Thursday'...

  • European Central Bank

    Bond program lights up Asian bourses

    JAKARTA/MANILA -- Asian stock markets soared on Friday as the launch of a European Central Bank (ECB) bond-buying program prompted investors to move into risky assets. ECB President Mario Draghi rolled out the program on Thursday by announcing that...

  • The ECB effect

    Bond-buying program lifts Southeast Asian stocks to new heights

    JAKARTA -- Southeast Asian shares rose sharply Friday morning, with the European Central Bank's quantitative easing announcement making investors more inclined to take on risk. Indonesia's benchmark Jakarta Composite Index opened slightly higher,...

  • Structural weakness

    Malaysia stocks' rebound curbed by unease over resource reliance

    SINGAPORE -- Core subsidiaries of state-owned oil giant Petronas led the rise of Malaysian stocks on Thursday as the slide in crude prices slowed, but recovery there remains weak compared with other Asian bourses due to concerns over the country's he...

  • US stock futures point to higher open after ECB measures

    NEW YORK, Jan 22 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures pointed to modest gains at the open on Thursday after the European Central Bank announced expanded measures to stimulate the region's economy.The ECB will buy 60 billion euros worth of assets per ...

  • Earnings forecasts

    Falling yen, resource prices a mixed bag for Japan Inc.

    TOKYO -- With earnings announcements for the fourth quarter of 2014 soon to be in full swing, market players are struggling to assess the impact of plummeting crude oil prices on Japanese companies' bottom lines. Although the weaker yen will give a l...

  • Tight property market

    Hong Kong shares rise as home prices stay high

    HONG KONG -- Hong Kong stocks rose Wednesday after a luxury home was sold the day before for a hefty price, underscoring a tightening real estate market here. The Hang Seng Index jumped amid a broad rise in Asian stocks. With Shanghai stocks rall...