* Fast Retailing, SoftBank together take hefty points off from Nikkei * Ibiden, Shinko Electric fall on Intel’s weaker-than-expected forecast By Ayai Tomisawa TOKYO, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Japan’s Nikkei share average fell 2.3 percent on Friday morning after U.S. stocks dropped for a fifth day and the yen rose after Switzerland abandoned its cap Read More

Stocks staged a sharp rally Thursday, aided by a pause in the yen’s appreciation against the dollar and other currencies. The Nikkei 225 average rose 312.74 points, or 1.86 percent, to finish at 17,108.70. On Wednesday, the key market gauge gave up 291.75 points. The Topix ended up 18.62 points, or 1.37 percent, at 1,376.60 Read More

Nikkei posts biggest rise in 4 weeks Thursday, January 15 08:46:37 Japan’s Nikkei posted its biggest daily gain in four weeks on Thursday after rebounding oil prices eased worries about the global economy and as a pause in the rising yen lifted exporters such as Toyota Motor Corp. In its best day since Dec. 19, Read More

Stocks fell Tuesday, dragged down by extended losses on Wall Street overnight and a rise in the yen. The Nikkei 225 average plunged 110.02 points, or 0.64 percent, to close at 17,087.71. On Friday, the key market gauge climbed 30.63 points. The Topix ended down 5.89 points, or 0.43 percent, at 1,374.69 after rising 2.91 Read More

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese shares edged higher Tuesday after trade data for the world’s No. 2 economy came in a tad better than expected while Japan’s Nikkei traced declines on Wall Street driven by the plunging oil price. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index slumped 1.7 percent to 16,898.87 and South Korea’s Kospi Read More

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