Despite the lackluster performance of Japanese stocks last year, investors have high hopes for the market in 2015, forecasting gains of 17 percent by year-end, according to a new survey by Nomura (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 8604.T-JP). On average, investors forecast the benchmark Nikkei 225 (Nihon Kenzai Shinbun: .N225) will hit 19,900 by end-2015, up from Read More

The Nikkei 225 average bounced back slightly Wednesday, underpinned by buying on dips and buybacks after the recent tumble. The key market gauge climbed 2.14 points to end at 16,885.33 a day after tumbling 525.52 points. But the Topix closed 1.34 points lower at 1,359.80 after falling 39.95 points Tuesday. The Nikkei snapped a four-session Read More

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Japanese stocks ended flat after a choppy session on Wednesday, with investors waiting with bated breath for key domestic and US economic data on Friday as financial markets continued to fret over sliding oil prices and worries over global growth. The Nikkei benchmark added 0.01 per cent to 16,885.33, only just managing to snap a Read More

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

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