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Japan’s Nikkei share average dropped to a one-week low on Wednesday as an overnight fall in US shares triggered profit-taking after the index scaled a 15-year peak earlier in the week. The Nikkei ended 0.6 per cent lower at 18,703.60 points. Noticeable decliners include Sharp Corp, which dropped 5.3 per cent, after a cut to Read More

TOKYO, March 5 (Reuters) – Japanese share prices ticked up on Thursday despite softness in Wall Street shares the previous day helped by optimism on the Japanese economy and bolstered by the Bank of Japan’s buying earlier this week. The Nikkei rose 0.3 percent to 18,751.84 while the broader Topix rose 0.4 percent to 1,523.72. Read More

* BOJ’s ETF buying supports mood – analysts * Drugmakers outperform on strong U.S. healthcare shares * Rakuten falls after Goldman cuts rating By Ayai Tomisawa TOKYO, March 5 (Reuters) – Japan’s Nikkei share average edged up on Thursday after the central bank bought more exchange-traded funds, but gains were limited by investor caution ahead Read More

TOKYO, March 4 (Reuters) – Japan’s Nikkei share average dropped to a one-week low on Wednesday as an overnight fall in U.S. shares triggered profit-taking after the index scaled a 15-year peak earlier in the week. The Nikkei ended 0.6 percent lower at 18,703.60 points. Noticeable decliners included Sharp Corp, which dropped 5.3 percent after Read More

* Investors cautious before U.S. jobs data on Fri – analysts * S&P cuts Sharp’s rating to ‘CCC+’ * Sumco dives on fund-raising announcement By Ayai Tomisawa TOKYO, March 4 (Reuters) – Japan’s Nikkei share average dropped to a one-week low on Wednesday morning after weak performances in U.S. shares triggered profit-taking, while Sharp Corp Read More

The long-standing inverse correlation between the yen and Japanese stock prices has broken down, suggesting the Nikkei (CBOE:.NKXQ) could rise even if the Japanese currency doesn’t weaken further, analysts say. “The rise in the Nikkei and its decoupling from a weaker yen is driven not by fundamentals but depends on the flow of money from Read More

The Nikkei 225 average closed slightly lower Tuesday, hurt by profit-taking after the recent surge, but its downside was limited thanks to buying on dips. The key market gauge lost 11.72 points to close at 18,815.16 after adding 28.94 points Monday. The Topix rose 1.86 points to end at 1,526.83 a day after rising 1.12 Read More

TOKYO, March 3 (Reuters) – Japan’s Nikkei share average edged down in choppy trade on Tuesday as investors took profits from recent gains, while Sharp Corp tumbled on news that it is planning to seek aid from its main lenders as it expects losses to mount this year. The Nikkei ended 0.1 percent lower at Read More

* Sharp dives to 3-week low * Chip-related shares outperform after Nasdaq rises * Nikkei futures snap a 13-day winning streak * Regional banks lower after CLSA cuts ratings By Ayai Tomisawa TOKYO, March 3 (Reuters) – Japan’s Nikkei share average fell in choppy trade on Tuesday as investors took profits from the recent gains, Read More

* GPIF’s buying of Japanese stocks also lift the mood – analysts * Mitsui OSK outperforms on report it will sail largest container vessels * Taisei Corp falls after fund raising announcement By Ayai Tomisawa TOKYO, March 2 (Reuters) – Japan’s Nikkei share average rose to a fresh 15-year high on Monday morning after China’s Read More