Hiroichi Nishi

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Business | ON THE FRONT LINE Nov 22, 2001

Market fluctuations reflect investor jitters

With signs of an economic recovery nowhere in sight, the Tokyo stock market has been a roller coaster ride in recent weeks. The market is looking for clues on whether the disposal of bad loans held by banks and the nation's structural reforms will make ...

Business Aug 24, 2001

TSE downbeat despite promise of reforms

The Tokyo stock market remains caught between crosscurrents stemming from expectations of the positive effects of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's reform initiative and fears of further deterioration in the prospects for economic and corporate earnings. A broad array of issues fell sharply yet again on ...

Business Jun 29, 2001

Tokyo stocks to face 12,200-13,800 bracket

The Tokyo stock market could remain in a corrective phase for some time. Having hit a year-to-date high of 14,529.41 on May 7, the benchmark 225-issue Nikkei average has languished below 13,000 in recent weeks. With worries lingering over U.S. economic and corporate earnings prospects, New ...

Business Jun 1, 2001

Investors shun directionless Tokyo market

The idle Tokyo stock market could spend weeks searching for direction amid concerns over corporate earnings and economic prospects. Despite the market's positive reaction to the inauguration of the Cabinet of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, when it comes to political clout, investors remain unconvinced. Having reached ...

Business May 3, 2001

Optimism continues to fuel Nikkei rebound

The upturn in Tokyo share prices has gathered momentum in recent days, reaffirming the positive shift in market sentiment. The benchmark 225-issue Nikkei average has climbed past the 14,000 level to hit a year-to-date high and now appears poised to test the 15,300 level. The biggest ...

Business Apr 5, 2001

Rebound on horizon for Tokyo's stocks

Although the Tokyo stock market is still in a bit of a corrective phase, a solid rebound appears to be in the offing. Key downside factors in recent weeks were the volatility in U.S. stock markets and seasonal selloffs by Japanese companies ahead of the ...

Business Mar 7, 2001

Stock slump offers bargains if floor forms

The Tokyo Stock Exchange remains mired in a depressed price range, with the benchmark Nikkei average flirting with its lowest level in more than 15 years. The 225-issue Nikkei average ended last week at 12,261.80, its lowest close since July 31, 1985, and down 41 ...

Business Feb 2, 2001

Hopes rise as Fed cuts rates, Dow rebounds

The Tokyo stock market has had an overall positive tone recently, bolstered by a rebound on Wall Street. The 225-issue Nikkei average climbed past the 14,000 level Jan. 22 for the first time in almost a month. It closed the month at 13,843.55 on Wednesday, ...

Business Dec 28, 2000

TSE feared falling to new postbubble low

Tokyo share prices may remain in a correction phase through much of the coming months. With investor sentiment at its lowest level in years, the market is unlikely to shake off its bearish sentiment anytime soon. A broad array of stocks have taken repeated beatings ...

Business Sep 29, 2000

Stability, surge may be in store for stocks

The Tokyo stock market has remained in a corrective phase through much of this month, sending the key Nikkei average slumping to its year-to-date low. Companies have stepped up stock sales and unwound their cross-shareholding ties ahead of Sept. 30 book-closings for the fiscal first ...