TOKYO, April 24- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Friday, snapping a three-day winning streak as investors took profits, although energy-related shares outperformed on a rise in crude oil prices. The Nikkei 225 benchmark index ended 0.8 percent lower at 20,020.04. For the week it rose 1.9 percent.» Read More
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.
Tai Hui, Chief Asia Pacific Strategist, J.P. Morgan Funds says there is plenty of fuel in the Nikkei to create a rally, but Japan's fundamentals are not convincing enough for him to invest in the market.
Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist, AMP Capital Investors thinks the BOJ will adopt a 2% inflation target and introduce quantitative easing. He says the yen will continue to fall 10-20%, while the Nikkei will outperform this year.
Japan is sitting on a debt time bomb and recent moves to push the central bank to target inflation have made it more likely the bomb will explode in the next 24 months, hedge fund manager Kyle Bass told CNBC.
Daryl Guppy, CEO, Guppytraders.com looks at Nymex versus Brent crude, and finds that there is convergence in the trading behavior, but not in prices.
Nick Ferres, Investment Director, Global Asset Allocation, Eastspring Investments says Japan has huge operation leverage and believes the Nikkei has room to further gain since it's been trading below valuation.
Daryl Guppy, CEO, Guppytraders.com charts the Nikkei 225 while Tony Nash, Managing Director, IHS discusses the outlook for Japanese manufacturers and its investment focus in Southeast Asia.
Alastair Newton, Senior Political Analyst, Nomura says that even if the LDP wins next month, it will still have trouble pushing through any laws to change the BOJ as Abe will not have a majority in the upper-house, and will need a 2/3 majority in the diet.
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In the last four months, China has forged an aggressive, more nationalistic posture in Asia that may set the tone for the expected decade-long tenure of Xi Jinping, the presumptive new leader of China, analysts and diplomats say. The New York Times reports.