Mar 5, 2014

Pressure on GPIF to buy more stocks good for public, Ito says

Pressure on the Government Pension Investment Fund to buy more stocks will benefit the public as well as boost equity markets, according to the head of a panel that advised on overhauling the world’s biggest retirement fund. “Some are concerned the GPIF reforms are ...

Mar 5, 2014

Nikkei heads higher as fears ease over Ukraine

Stocks gained again, reflecting temporary relief over the crisis in Ukraine. The Nikkei 225 average climbed 176.15 points, or 1.20 percent, to end at 14,897.63, building on Tuesday’s gain of 69.25. The Topix finished 8.79 points, or 0.73 percent, higher at 1,212.90 a day ...

Mar 4, 2014

Buybacks help Nikkei snap four-day losing streak

Stocks bounced back moderately Tuesday, bolstered by buybacks amid continuing caution over the turmoil in Ukraine. The Nikkei 225 average ended 69.25 points higher at 14,721.48 to snap a four-session losing streak. The key index slumped 188.84 points Monday. The Topix gained 7.35 points ...

Feb 28, 2014

Nikkei falls into negative territory on rise in yen

Stocks lost ground again Friday as a stronger yen sapped investor confidence in month-end trading. The Nikkei 225 average lost 82.04 points to close at 14,841.07. On Thursday, the key market gauge lost 47.86 points. The Topix ended down 5.69 points at 1,211.66 after ...

Feb 27, 2014

Nikkei loses ground amid directionless trading

Stocks lost ground in directionless trading Thursday, weighed down by continued profit-taking amid a lack of major incentives. The Nikkei 225 average ended 47.86 points lower at 14,923.11, adding to Wednesday’s loss of 80.63 points. The Topix gave up 8.00 points to close at ...

Feb 26, 2014

Nikkei takes a negative turn on profit-taking

Stocks turned lower Wednesday as investors moved to lock in gains after the previous day’s rally. The Nikkei 225 average shed 80.63 points to end at 14,970.97. On Tuesday, the market gauge jumped 213.92 points. The Topix finished down 8.31 points at 1,225.35 after ...

Feb 25, 2014

Nikkei retakes 15,000 mark on Wall Street surge

The Nikkei 225 average ended above the psychologically important 15,000 line for the first time in almost a month Tuesday, thanks to buoyant U.S. stocks. The Nikkei gained 213.92 points, or 1.44 percent, to end at 15,051.60, its first rise above 15,000 on a ...

Feb 21, 2014

Stocks rebound on brisk futures-led buying

Stocks attracted brisk purchases Friday, buoyed by futures-led buying after the previous day’s plunge. The 225-issue Nikkei average climbed 416.49 points, or 2.88 percent, to end at 14,865.67. On Thursday, the key market gauge tumbled 317.35 points. The Topix index of all TSE first-section ...

Puzzle game 'Candy Crush' tempts investors

Feb 21, 2014

Puzzle game 'Candy Crush' tempts investors

“Candy Crush” is out to tempt investors with the sweet taste of success while avoiding the sourness left in the mouths of those who bit into social game maker Zynga. King Digital Entertainment, the developer behind the wildly addictive puzzle game, said this week ...

Feb 19, 2014

Nikkei manages to limit damage from profit-taking

Stocks retreated Wednesday as mainstay issues met with profit-taking, but the market’s downside was solid thanks to buying on dips. The Nikkei 225 average lost 76.71 points to end at 14,766.53, falling for the first time in three days. The Topix ended down 5.48 ...