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  • TOKYO, Jan 30- Asian shares edged up on Friday, talking heart from a late earnings-led surge on Wall Street even as continuing concerns about global growth tempered gains. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up about 0.1 percent on the day, but up more than 1 percent for the month. On Thursday, major U.S. indexes surged almost 1 percent or...

  • TOKYO— Japan's industrial output edged higher in December, suggesting the world's third-largest economy may be turning the corner on a recession brought on by a hefty sales tax hike. Meanwhile, Japan's jobless rate dipped to 3.4 percent from 3.5 percent the month before. When the impact of a 2 percentage point increase in the sales tax in April is excluded,...

  • RPT-Japan Dec core CPI rises 2.5 pct yr/yr Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 6:35 PM ET

    TOKYO, Jan 30- Japan's core consumer prices rose 2.5 percent in December from a year earlier, government data showed on Friday. The so-called core-core inflation index, which excludes food and energy prices and is similar to the core index used in the United States, rose 2.1 percent in the year to December. Core consumer prices in Tokyo, available a month before the...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 1:37 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for December, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for January, 10 a.m. Eastern; Commerce Department releases construction spending for December, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases factory orders for December, 10 a.m..

  • Business events scheduled for Friday Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 1:32 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases fourth-quarter gross domestic product, 8:30 a.m.. MADRID— Spain releases fourth-quarter economic growth data. TOKYO— Honda reports quarterly financial results.

  • PARIS/ DUBAI, Jan 29- Total became the first oil major to renew a 40- year onshore concession in Abu Dhabi, putting its peers under pressure to improve terms after the local partner said the French firm made the best offer. The state-run Abu Dhabi National Oil Company signed an agreement on Thursday with Total giving the firm a 10 percent stake in the new concession...

  • PARIS/ DUBAI, Jan 29- State-run Abu Dhabi National Oil Company signed an agreement on Thursday with Total giving the French oil major a 10 percent stake in a new 40- year onshore concession to help operate the United Arab Emirates' biggest oilfields. Nine Asian and Western firms had bid for stakes in the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations concession...

  • *Greece concerns weigh on Europe, Athens stocks up. LONDON, Jan 29- Stocks fell in Europe and Asia and the dollar strengthened on Thursday after the Federal Reserve took an upbeat view of the world's largest economy and signaled it was on track to raise interest rates this year. Greece, where a radical leftist prime minister took over on Monday, also kept investors...

  • JGBs mostly flat, superlong zone underperforms Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 3:04 AM ET

    TOKYO, Jan 29- Benchmark Japanese government bonds were mostly flat on Thursday, while the superlong tenor was slightly weaker even as plunging stocks put a floor under bond prices. Japan's Nikkei stock average shed 1.1 percent after the Federal Reserve took an upbeat view on the U.S. economy and signalled that it remains firmly on track to raise interest rates...

  • *Q3 profit Y70 bln yen vs Y39.5 bln analyst view. TOKYO, Jan 29- Nomura Holdings Inc reported a near 50 percent jump in third-quarter net profit on Thursday, as weakness in overseas bond-trading was offset by strength in the retail business of Japan's biggest investment bank and brokerage. Profit reached 70 billion yen in October-December versus the 39.5 billion...

  • Investors welcomed better-than-expected quarterly results from several companies, including Ford, Coach and Harley-Davidson. Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose 8 cents to close at $44.53 a barrel. "We've had a bit of a turnaround since the lows we saw earlier in the day," said Anastasia Amoroso, global market strategist at J.P.

  • TOKYO, Jan 29- Asian shares extended losses on Thursday after the Federal Reserve took an upbeat view on the U.S. economy and signalled that it remains firmly on track to raise interest rates this year despite an uncertain global outlook. Japan's Nikkei slipped 0.4 percent, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan extended its drop and...

  • Why Nintendo isn't getting the weak-yen boost  Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 10:33 PM ET

    Despite having a lot of cash, Nintendo has not deployed it on restructuring efforts hence it is not benefiting from the weaker yen, says Peter Boardman, Managing Director at Tradewinds.

  • *Komatsu, Hitachi Construction fall sharply after earnings. TOKYO, Jan 29- Japan's Nikkei average slipped on Thursday in sympathy with falls in Wall Street shares following the Fed's unwavering stance on rate hikes, with construction equipment makers badly hit by disappointing earnings. Still, analysts say the Tokyo market appears to have a firmer support...

  • This expert has a solution for Nintendo  Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 7:33 PM ET

    Nintendo should expand into the realms of animation and cartoons with its famed game characters like Mario the plumber, says Amir Anvarzadeh, Director of Japan Equity Sales at BGC Securities.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 11 Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    FAIRFAX, United States- Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo speaks on "Advancing Macroprudential Policy Objectives" before the Office of Financial Research and Financial Stability Oversight Council 4th Annual Conference: Evaluating Macroprudential Tools: Complementarities and Conflicts "- 1745 GMT. SARASOTA, United States- Federal Reserve...

  • Corporations with business abroad feeling the pain Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 12:25 PM ET
    A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Americans love lower oil prices, low interest rates and a strong dollar, but companies are suffering, according to the New York Times.

  • Nintendo says slack console sales to hit profit Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 12:15 PM ET

    Nintendo issued a profit warning, even as it sells fewer consoles, the sharp weakening of the yen means overseas sales will inflate its net income.

  • TOKYO, Jan 28- Japan's leading independent budget airline Skymark Airlines Inc filed for protection from creditors late on Wednesday, blaming a weak yen and a dispute with Airbus Group for its financial straits. "The company, believing the demands for breach-of-contract payments were unreasonable, attempted to negotiate a reduction in the payments with...

  • TOKYO/ OSAKA, Jan 28- Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co on Wednesday issued a profit warning with a silver lining- even as it sells fewer consoles, the sharp weakening of the yen means overseas sales will inflate its net income this fiscal year. While operating profit still grew nearly 50 percent in October-December from a year earlier, the third quarter is...