| Jul 16, 2014

Lackluster Nikkei logs small drop

Stocks ended slightly lower Wednesday as trading lacked direction amid a dearth of fresh incentives. The 225-issue Nikkei average closed down 15.86 points at 15,379.30. On Tuesday, the key market gauge climbed 98.34 points. The Topix dipped 0.09 point to end at 1,273.59 after ...

Wall St. retreats on Yellen's comments on valuations

Jul 16, 2014

Wall St. retreats on Yellen's comments on valuations

U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday after Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen and her fellow Fed policymakers raised concerns about “substantially stretched valuations” in some sectors. In the monetary policy report accompanying her congressional testimony, Yellen said that “equity valuations of smaller firms as well ...

| Jul 15, 2014

Nikkei finds a little room to rise

Stocks rose Tuesday, boosted by purchases following Wall Street’s advance, but their upside was capped by profit-taking and selling on a rally. The Nikkei 225 average closed 98.34 points higher at 15,395.16. On Monday, the key market gauge climbed 132.78 points. The Topix climbed ...

| Jul 14, 2014

Nikkei snaps five-day losing streak

Stocks climbed for the first time in six sessions Monday, thanks to buybacks inspired by higher U.S. equities. The Nikkei 225 average closed up 132.78 points at 15,296.82. On Friday, the key market gauge slipped 52.43 points. The Topix climbed 10.27 points to end ...

Jul 11, 2014

Tax-free NISA working poorly, Sawakami says

by Yoshiaki Nohara and Yuko Takeo

Japan’s tax-free investing program is failing to draw new stock buyers as the benefits expire too soon and young people fail to see its advantages, said the founder of the Sawakami Fund. The Nippon Individual Savings Account program is being overlooked because its exemption ...

| Jul 10, 2014

Nikkei falls on dismal machinery orders

Stocks lost ground Thursday with investor sentiment hurt by Japan’s disappointing machinery orders in May. The Nikkei 225 average lost 86.18 points to close at 15,216.47. The Topix ended 11.57 points lower at 1,259.25. Both indexes extended their losing streaks to a fourth session. ...

| Jul 9, 2014

Nikkei falls on Dow drop, yen rise

Stocks dropped for the third straight session Wednesday amid selling spurred by lower U.S. equities and a rise in the yen. The Nikkei 225 average closed down 11.76 points at 15,302.65, the day’s high. The Topix fell 4.88 points to end at 1,270.82. The ...

| Jul 8, 2014

Nikkei drops on overheating worry

Stocks lost ground for the second straight session Tuesday on selling amid a persistent sense of market overheating. The Nikkei 225 average closed down 65.03 points at 15,314.41. On Monday, the key market gauge sagged 57.69 points. The Topix lost 4.17 points to end ...

| Jul 7, 2014

Nikkei declines on profit-taking

Stocks fell moderately Monday, hit by selling to cash in gains after a rise late last week, but their downside was limited, supported by buying on dips. The Nikkei 225 average closed down 57.69 points at the day’s low of 15,379.44. On Friday, the ...