Stocks came under heavy selling Tuesday amid risk-averse sentiment stemming from tumbling crude oil prices, driving down the Nikkei average below 17,000 for the first time in about three weeks. The Nikkei 225 average plunged 525.52 points, or 3.02 percent, to 16,883.19, closing below the psychologically important 17,000 for the first time since Dec. 17. Read More

* No change in Japanese fundamentals – strategist * Nikkei has lost 4.6 percent since Dec. 26. * BOJ bought $ 602 million of exchange traded funds on Monday and Tuesday By Thomas Wilson TOKYO, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Japanese stocks gained on Wednesday as investors’ appetite for risk returned, despite a fall in Wall Read More

My last post presented a fairly downbeat and skeptical scenario for Japan’s stock market in 2015, particularly for U.S. dollar based investors. On January 2, in a taped interview, Suzuki Ryo, editor of The Nihon Keizai Shimbun’s Money and Investments page, presented the case for a Nikkei 225 average break through 20,000 yen in 2015. Read More

TOKYO, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) — Nikkei moved 0.24 percent lower on the first trading day of 2015. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average shed 42.06 points, from Dec. 30 at 17,408.71. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange lost 6.42 points, or 0.46 percent, lower at 1, 401.09. Major Read More

The Nikkei 225 average fell moderately Monday, the first trading day of 2015, caught in a tug of war between selling triggered by weak U.S. stocks during the New Year’s holiday period in Japan and buying on dips. The Nikkei finished down 42.06 points, or 0.24 percent, at 17,408.71. On Tuesday, the last day of Read More

TOKYO, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Japanese stocks slipped on their first trading day of 2015 as risk appetite was soured by weak prospects for global growth, offsetting gains in airline stocks which rose after crude oil prices dropped to fresh 5-1/2-year lows. The Nikkei benchmark ended 0.2 percent lower at 17,408.71 points, giving up earlier Read More

LOS ANGELES –  Japanese stocks declined into the new year Monday, with the Nikkei Stock Average returning from a five-day holiday to lose 1%, while the Topix retreated 1.2%. The Nikkei Average had lost 1.6% in its previous trading session, and global investors appeared cool toward Japan equities Monday, as Dow Jones Newswires reported 600,000 Read More

* Nikkei sags on first day of 2015 trade, takes cues from overseas * All 33 Tokyo Stock Exchange subsectors in the red * Investors bullish on Japan’s prospects due to economic stimulus By Thomas Wilson TOKYO, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Japanese stocks began 2015 on a down note on Monday as investors showed little Read More