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People take photos of electronic screens showing the Nikkei average surging to its highest level ever, outside a brokerage in Tokyo on Thursday.
BUSINESS / Markets / ANALYSIS
Feb 22, 2024
Nikkei tops late '80s peak, but is a bubble forming?
Market watchers say gains experienced by Japanese equities are well backed by earnings this time.
Japan's Nikkei stock average hit an all-time high during Tokyo trading Thursday, surpassing its previous record set in December 1989.
BUSINESS / Markets
Feb 22, 2024
Nikkei index surges past 1989's all-time high
The Nikkei index has performed strongly this year — driven up in part by the weakness of the yen against the U.S. dollar.
The volume of mergers and acquisitions linked to Japan has grown 43% so far this year.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 22, 2024
Japan sees dealmaking boom as mergers and acquisitions rise 43%
A strong stock market is giving companies more scope for acquisitions at a time when the government and investors are pressuring firms to bolster growth.
When SoftBank Group founder Masayoshi Son bought Arm in 2016 for $32 billion, he had grand plans for the company to dominate the nascent market for connected devices, also known as the Internet of Things.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Feb 21, 2024
Softbank’s Arm is not the AI play most people think it is
Today, GPUs are the gold standard for AI development and thus the equivalent of toilet paper during the pandemic.
Teamshares, an American startup, is bringing its employee ownership succession model to Japan in its first overseas foray to offer employees path to buy small businesses.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 21, 2024
MUFJ-backed startup gives employees route to take over small firms
The Teamshares model could help 2.45 million small business owners who will be 70 or over by 2025, almost half of whom have yet to identify a successor.
A public screen displaying stock figures in Shanghai on Jan. 29. China will halt the lending of certain shares for short selling from Monday, the securities regulator announced Sunday, in a move to support the country’s slumping stock markets.
BUSINESS / Markets
Feb 20, 2024
In rare move, China stock watchdog vows to heed market critique
Earlier policies, including state buying, have proved inadequate to avert a $5 trillion rout.
The Tokyo Stock Exchange has reclaimed top spot in Asia in total market capitalization of listed companies.
BUSINESS / Markets
Feb 20, 2024
Tokyo bourse reclaims top spot for market capitalization in Asia
The 225-issue Nikkei stock average is trading close to its all-time high as Tokyo shares make a stellar start to 2024.
An advertisement for the Nippon Individual Savings Account (NISA) at a Mizuho Bank branch, a unit of Mizuho Financial Group, in Tokyo on Jan. 31.
BUSINESS / Markets / FOCUS
Feb 19, 2024
Turning the tide? Japan warms up to becoming an asset management hub.
The beefing-up of the NISA program alongside a new policy plan by the government shows its commitment toward getting households to invest.
The Japanese equity market is likely to benefit a lot from the Bank of Japan's exit from its ultraeasy monetary policy.
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 19, 2024
BlackRock sees Japan stocks as big winner from BOJ policy shift
Japan seems to be in its final stage of declaring victory over decades of deflation.
An electronic board displays the value of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo on Friday.
BUSINESS / Markets
Feb 16, 2024
Nikkei stock index nears all-time high
The index closed at 38,487.24, up by 329.30 points and near the all-time high of 38,915 recorded in December 1989.
TSMC’s surge propelled Taiwan’s benchmark index to a record high, as expectations of booming demand for artificial intelligence technology drove investor sentiment.
BUSINESS / Tech
Feb 15, 2024
TSMC soars most since 2020, lifting Taiwan on AI optimism
The company’s surge propelled Taiwan’s benchmark index to a record high, as expectations of booming demand for AI technology drove investor sentiment.
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang attends a session of the World Governments Summit in Dubai on Monday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 15, 2024
Nvidia overtakes Alphabet, one day after eclipsing Amazon
The AI frenzy has boosted tech stocks associated with the field, but Nvidia stands out for its significant revenue growth.
Nvidia's shares slipped 0.17% on Tuesday, leaving its stock market value at $1.78 trillion, eclipsing Amazon's $1.75 trillion value after the online shopping and cloud-computing heavyweight's stock declined 2.15%.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 14, 2024
Nvidia market cap threatens Alphabet after overtaking Amazon
The chipmaker's stock market value at the end of Tuesday's trading session was $1.78 trillion, while that of Google's owner was $1.81 trillion.
Amazon CEO And Blue Origin Founder Jeff Bezos
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 14, 2024
Jeff Bezos sells $4 billion of Amazon stock, avoiding $288 million levy
Moving to Florida, after Washington imposed a 7% gains tax, the world’s second-richest person offloaded 24 million shares over just four trading days.
SoftBank Group shares surged for a third day in Tokyo on Tuesday.
BUSINESS / Tech
Feb 13, 2024
SoftBank shares climb again with Arm’s explosive AI rally
Arm Holdings has almost doubled in value since making the case last week for how it will benefit from the artificial intelligence boom.
The Nvidia headquarters in Santa Clara, California
BUSINESS / Tech
Feb 13, 2024
Nvidia briefly overtakes Amazon in market value
NVIDIA's market value momentarily surpassed Amazon's on Monday, fueled by soaring demand for its chips used in artificial intelligence computing.
The Nikkei stock average hit a fresh 34-year high on Tuesday.
BUSINESS / Markets
Feb 13, 2024
Nikkei surges above 38,000 in 34-year intraday-high
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended up 1,066.55 points, or 2.89%, from Friday at 37,963.97, its highest close since January 1990.
The market in 2023 and 2024 has been marked by breathless enthusiasm for the potential of artificial intelligence as well as wildly disparate guesses about how the technology will translate into future cash flows.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 11, 2024
Is the S&P 500's surge signaling a bubble or a bull market?
Are we reliving 1995 — when, coincidentally, a previous "soft landing” economy pushed the Dow Jones Industrial Average above 5,000?
A slew of listed Japanese firms have logged solid earnings for the nine months ended in December including Toyota, which posted operating and net profits that reached the highest levels on record for a Japanese company.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 11, 2024
Major Japanese firms post higher earnings in April-December period
Of 786 component firms of the broad Topix index that had announced their April-December results as of Wednesday, 455 companies reported higher net profits.
An advertisement for the new Nippon Individual Savings Account in Tokyo in January
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 9, 2024
Revamp of tax-free investments in Japan spurs jump in accounts
The creation of the new savings accounts is one of a slew of measures to lure more buyers to the Japanese market.

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