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Japanese shares outperformed the region by clinching a new multi-year high as the rest of Asia opened mixed on Thursday following a flat finish on Wall Street overnight. Overnight, U.S. stocks closed mixed after struggling to stay positive amid firming oil prices, moderate housing data and debate over Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s congressional testimony. Read More

The Nikkei 225 average snapped its five-day winning streak Wednesday, hurt by profit-taking. The key market gauge shed 18.28 points to close at 18,585.20. The Topix lost 0.66 points to end at 1,507.62, ending its seven-day winning streak. Stocks attracted buying after European and U.S. markets firmed Tuesday, but they came under profit-taking pressure on Read More

* Nikkei gains this year seen not relying on softer yen * Dollar-based Nikkei outperforming U.S., German shares * Economic optimism, governance reforms underpin market * Some say foreign investor interest rising By Tomo Uetake TOKYO, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Japanese share prices this week broke above resistance to hit a 14 1/2-year high in Read More

Japan ‘s Nikkei (Nihon Kenzai Shinbun: .N225) powered to fresh 15-year highs over the past week amid a handful of macro and micro factors, and while the uptrend looks set to continue, investors should brace for a near-term pull back, analysts say. “Stock prices rose so quickly in such a short period of time that Read More

* Nikkei has gained 3.4 pct in five days * Some pullback possible as Nikkei hovering at 15-year peak * Banks outperform on report FSA will ease regulations By Ayai Tomisawa TOKYO, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Japanese stocks steadied around a 15-year high on Wednesday morning in a choppy morning session, as cautiousness over an Read More

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Nikkei share average rose for a fifth straight day on Tuesday and scored another 15-year high after the yen weakened, while investors were cautious awaiting comments from U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen later in the day. The Nikkei rose 0.7 percent to 18,603.48 points, the highest point of the day Read More

TOKYO, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Japan’s Nikkei share average rose for a fifth straight day on Tuesday and scored another 15-year high after the yen weakened, while investors were cautious awaiting comments from U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen later in the day. The Nikkei rose 0.7 percent to 18,603.48 points, the highest point of Read More

* Nikkei flirting with 5th straight days of gains * Power companies underperform on GS rating cuts By Ayai Tomisawa TOKYO, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Japan’s Nikkei share average edged up on Tuesday but investors were cautious ahead of comments from U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen which could give clues on the likely lift-off Read More

The Nikkei 225 average gained further ground Monday on higher U.S. equities and the yen’s drop, briefly topping 18,500 for the first time in about 14 years and 10 months. After topping the threshold, the key market gauge closed up 134.62 points, or 0.73 percent, at 18,466.92, the highest close since April 24, 2000, and Read More