SEOUL, South Korea— Global stock markets were mostly lower on Friday while stocks in mainland China extended their gains on expectations of further policy easing. KEEPING SCORE: European markets opened mixed with Britain's FTSE 100 up 0.4 percent at 7,090.82 and France's CAC 40 adding 0.1 percent to 5,227.91. CHINA STIMULUS: Stocks in Shanghai continued their...» Read More
James Ashley, Senior Economist at RBC Capital Markets says the Bank of Japan is pulling out all the stops to achieve the 2% inflation target. He shares his analysis on the BoJ's latest policy announcements.
Steen Jakobsen, chief economist & CIO at Saxo Bank, tells CNBC why he likes the Nikkei better than many European markets.
Japan's central bank will hold its first 2-day policy board meeting under the new leadership tomorrow, and new chief Haruhiko Kuroda has reaffirmed all options are still on the table to meet the 2% inflation target. The Nikkei's Sachiko Kishida reports.
Steve Brice, Chief Investment Strategist at Standard Chartered Wealth Management Group, explains why it will be difficult to get Japanese corporations to invest overseas.
The bumper run in Japanese equities is just getting started, according to investment strategists, who expect larger gains ahead.
Asian equities could deliver gains of 20 percent by the end of the year, according to HSBC.
Daryl Guppy, CEO at Guppytraders.com says investors should watch for initial consolidation in the yen and the Nikkei. He then expects the yen to reach parity and the Nikkei to hit 13,500.
The Japanese government said today that a research team has successfully extracted natural gas from methane hydrate, or "burnable ice". The resource poor country looks to take advantage of this discovery. The Nikkei's Sachiko Kishida has more.
Optimism over Prime Minister Abe's radical economic policies combined with a rapidly weakening yen pushed the Nikkei past the 12,000 mark for the first time in 4 1/2 years. The Nikkei's Yukako Ono reports.
Uwe Parpart of Reorient Financial Markets breaks down why he thinks many investors in Japan are still underweight the market. He believes the Nikkei could gain another 30%.
Japanese electronics maker Sharp signed an $111 million lifeline from Korean rival Samsung to raise much needed cash. In return, Samsung will receive a 3% stake in Sharp. The Nikkei's Sachiko Kishida has more.
CNBC's Adam Bakhtiar looks at shares of Japan's Fast Retailing for the daily 'Stock in 60 Seconds' segment as the stock hit an all-time high after reporting February same-store sales jumped nearly 10 percent.
Peter Elston, Head of Asia Pacific Strategy & Asset Allocation at Aberdeen Asset Management says Japanese companies are not shareholder friendly and that returns on capital are miserable.
Francesco Filia, CEO & CIO of Fasanara Capital, going long Nikkei and short yen, as the rally in the Nikkei is going to be purely nominal, offset more than proportionally by the devaluation of the yen.
As the Nikkei 225 scales a 33-month high, investors risk getting burnt as analysts warn of a correction.
Analysts warned against expecting a further drop in the yen even as it continued its slide against the dollar on Monday after global finance ministers at the weekend avoided directly criticizing Japan for pursuing policies that have led to significant weakness in its currency.
Shares in Japan Prologis REIT, a real estate investment trust set up by the world's largest owner of industrial buildings, soared more than 20 percent in their Tokyo market debut on Thursday. The strong start for the $1 billion initial public offering (IPO) is a sign that Asia's IPO market is getting its buzz back, analysts say.
Strong sales has resulted in Toyota having to revise its annual net profit forecast by more than 10 percent to $9.3 billion, almost tripling last fiscal year's net profit. The Nikkei's Sachiko Kishida reports.
Japan's finance minister, Taro Aso, suggested in a budget speech that recent yen levels are still not low enough to help ailing exporters. The Nikkei's Nozomu Kitadai reports.
Tim Condon, Head of Research, Asia, ING Financial Markets says that bear markets like the Nikkei can touch new highs, once a recovery is in place.