Equities

Resurgent volatility wrong-foots speculators

TOKYO -- Big-money investors are unwinding speculative positions that were premised on the mistaken view that markets would remain placid beyond the summer. As of last weekend, global hedge funds had racked up a 2.6% loss so far in October, makin...

  • Derivatives making mischief in volatile markets

    TOKYO -- Derivatives are back, fueling volatility in already jittery stock markets. In last week's global market sell-off, hedge funds burned by their own option trading played a part by driving down futures. In search for returns amid low i...

  • Southeast Asian companies benefit from Myanmar investment boom

    SINGAPORE -- Myanmar, known recently as Southeast Asia's last frontier, is seeing companies from around the region flock to cash in on the newly opened nation's economic potential. Yum! Brands announced on Oct. 13 that it will open the first outl...

  • Widodo's meeting with Subianto lifts stocks

    JAKARTA -- Indonesia's main stock index jumped nearly 2% on Friday after the incoming president, Joko Widodo, who assumes office on Oct.20, publicly met his defeated rival Prabowo Subianto for the first time since July's election. The Jakarta Com...

  • Neo-Tokyo: 50 stocks to watch

    TOKYO -- The capital of Japan is about to enter a new era. As preparations for the 2020 Summer Olympics and beyond get underway, remodeling the sprawling metropolis will increase its charm -- and have a considerable impact on Japanese equities. T...

  • Large Japan IPOs boost market capitalization

    TOKYO -- Japan's Recruit Holdings made a strong market debut on Thursday, as worldwide stock markets plunged. The classified ads, publishing and human resources company opened above its initial public offering price, making it the country's largest I...

  • Recruit sets sights on global staffing leader with IPO

    TOKYO -- Recruit Holdings debuted Thursday in the Tokyo Stock Exchange's biggest initial public offering yet this year, moving to amass funds for further expansion abroad. Although the Nikkei Stock Average tumbled more than 400 points at one poin...

  • No consensus on what lies ahead for nervous markets

    TOKYO -- Global investors seem torn between confidence that equities are simply undergoing a correction and despair at the prospect of the end of an easy-money-fueled bull run. The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled more than 200 points early i...

  • Markets seized by panic attacks as transition looms

    TOKYO -- Unable to fathom investing without the Federal Reserve's monetary stimulus and aware that the global economy is dependent on U.S. growth, financial markets are on edge. Every bit of bad news, from weak economic indicators to the spread of Eb...

  • Alibaba prompts Hong Kong to review 'one share, one vote' rule

    The Hong Kong stock exchange is asking for input as to whether it should reconsider its "one share, one vote" principle. The second-guessing comes after it missed out on Alibaba Group Holding's initial public offering. The Chinese online behemoth, wh...

  • DJ: Asian shares slide, led by sharp drop in Nikkei

    A global selloff extended into Asia with stocks in Japan slumping over 2% to their lowest since May as growing concerns over economic growth around the world took its toll on the region. Markets in Asia were comparatively calmer than the U.S. whe...

  • Japanese megabanks trying investors' patience on payouts

    TOKYO -- Having performed shabbily in the stock market for months now, Japan's three biggest banks are facing ever-louder calls for spicier shareholder returns. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Mizuho Financial ...

  • Investment funds heading for Xinjiang, chasing economic development

    HONG KONG -- Investment funds are flowing into China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. Xinjiang-related stocks are rising steadily in the Chinese stock market, outpacing the performance of the Shanghai Composite Index. Speculation that the Chinese...

  • Rattled investors dump stocks in flight to safety

    TOKYO -- As anxiety spreads over the global economy and the end of quantitative easing in the U.S., investors are rapidly moving their funds from risky assets to government bonds, triggering a global stock sell-off. The Nikkei Stock Average slipp...

  • India back in favor with private equity firms

    KOLKATA -- After a five-year lull, investors are taking a renewed interest in Indian private equity, putting $17.73 billion into such funds so far this year, up from $10.89 billion for all of 2013. The funds in turn did $7.86 billion worth of mergers...

  • As Recruit jumps into stock market, rising tide likely to lift certain boats

    TOKYO -- A publishing, classified advertising and human resources company looks set to make the biggest splash on Japan's stock market in about a decade and a half. The listing of Recruit Holdings is expected to have positive ripple effects on a numb...

  • Bulls play on the Philippine bourse

    MANILA -- As the market surges, the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission has approved three major equity offerings collectively valued at 18.9 billion pesos ($422 million). The regulator said on Monday that it has cleared initial public ...

  • Global economic worries rattle commodities, stocks

    TOKYO -- Concerns over a slowdown in the global economy are putting a damper on commodities and equities markets, with an imminent end to quantitative easing in the U.S. adding to the jitters. Friday's commodities markets reflected growing risk a...

  • Hedge funds leveraging soft demand to drive Tokyo market down

    TOKYO -- Hedge funds were apparently behind futures selling by Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities that led to this week's decline by Tokyo stocks, taking advantage of weak demand amid an array of bearish factors. The Nikkei Stock Average lost nearly ...

  • Institutional investors wary of Tokyo bourse's plan for late trading

    TOKYO -- The Tokyo Stock Exchange is mulling a plan to extend its trading hours, hoping that doing so would boost its competitiveness. A survey of institutional investors, however, shows they have little interest in nighttime cash stock trading in To...