| Feb 5, 2016

Nikkei closes below 17,000 on higher yen

Stocks retreated for the fourth straight session on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Friday, with the benchmark Nikkei average closing below 17,000 for the first time in almost two weeks, pressured by the yen’s rise. The 225-issue Nikkei slumped 225.40 points, or 1.32 percent, to ...

| Feb 4, 2016

Stocks fall further as yen climbs

Stocks lost further ground on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Thursday, dragged down by the yen’s ascent against the dollar. The Nikkei average fell 146.26 points, or 0.85 percent, to close at 17,044.99. On Wednesday, it dived 559.43 points. The Topix ended down 17.46 points, ...

Feb 3, 2016

BOJ will look into media report foreshadowing negative rates

The Bank of Japan will look into a media report that said the BOJ board was discussing a negative interest rate policy just minutes before it surprised observers with the announcement. “We’ll start by examining the situation carefully, including the possibility that it was ...

Alphabet comes before Apple as world's most valuable company

Feb 2, 2016

Alphabet comes before Apple as world's most valuable company

Alphabet now comes before Apple atop the list of the world’s most valuable companies. The shift occurred in Monday’s extended trading after Alphabet, Google’s new parent company, released a fourth-quarter earnings report that highlighted the robust growth of the digital ad market. Apple Inc.’s ...

Feb 1, 2016

Japan Post Bank to start in-house stock investments

Japan Post Bank plans to start in-house investments in stocks in the second half of 2016, according to Katsunori Sago, the bank’s vice president in charge of asset management. The bank’s policy for more diversified and sophisticated asset management “will not be affected” by ...