*Europe equities fall after regional PMI data. NEW YORK, March 4- Stock prices around the world fell on Wednesday on profit-taking, while the euro dropped to an 11-1/ 2 year low ahead of a European Central Bank meeting where policymakers are expected to offer details on their bond purchase stimulus plan. Brent crude was just below $60 a barrel after Saudi Arabia's...» Read More
The Nikkei 225's catch-up over the last month has been impressive. It's outperformed many of its Asian peers as well as European indices and the US, and is homing in on its pre earthquake and tsunami levels. The FT reports.
"The Nikkei is as cheap as the U.S. market was in March 2009," says Doug Kass, Seabreeze Partners Management.
CNBC's Kaori Enjoji and Simon Hobbs take a look at the situation in Japan.
In the wake of Japan’s cascading disasters, signs of economic loss can be found in many corners of the globe, from Sendai, on the battered Japanese coast, to Paris to Marion, Ark., reports the New York Times.
Looking at the pure economic ties between Japan and the UK for instance, it's hard to justify why UK stocks should fall so heavily.
There is no way to underscore the depth of the tragedy we see playing out before us as the potential of a nuclear nightmare of unprecedented proportions unfolds before our eyes. And while it pales in comparison to the human toll, the Japanese economy is also surely facing a period of great challenge.
Japanese stocks are beginning to look cheap, according to Societe Generale Strategist Dylan Grice.
As the market begins the process of second guessing the G7’s coordinated action to keep the yen lower, High Frequency Economics is warning investors the damage caused by the disaster in Japan is being both understated by the government and underappreciated outside of people in the immediate vicinity.
Shares of uranium mining companies are down significantly because of the Japanese nuclear emergency, sparked by last week's earthquake and tsunami.
A small crew of technicians, braving radiation and fire, became the only people remaining at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station on Tuesday — and perhaps Japan’s last chance of preventing a broader nuclear catastrophe, the New York Times reports.
Despite serious worries stemming from the deteriorating situation in Japan, the futures aren't predicting U.S. equities to react as violently as they did to the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers.
Following the huge losses on the Nikkei, with more than $700 billion dollars wiped off the Japanese market in just two sessions, one economist is predicting the tragic events in Japan will be an "excuse" 'to move to quantitative easing in all major markets.
Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 Index could break out of the downtrend it has been in for more than 20 years if it bottoms out and starts recovering from a new low not quite as sharp as previous depths, Robin Griffiths, technical strategist at Cazenove Capital told CNBC.
Even as workers race to prevent the radioactive cores of the damaged nuclear reactors in Japan from melting down, concerns are growing that nearby pools holding spent fuel rods could pose an even greater danger, the New York Times reports.
That the market will fall, and fall rapidly is a given. The key question is how far the market may fall before it finds support. The reaction to the Kobe earthquake provides some clues.
Japanese markets are behaving consistent with recent post-disaster pattern: a lower stock market, lower government bond yields and a mixed outcome for the currency.
Japan's Nikkei average tumbled over 5 percent at one point on Monday as investors shifted to safer assets following after Friday's massive earthquake and tsunami, with the long-term impact uncertain as nuclear disaster looms.
Japanese investment bank Nomura is predicting the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that occurred off the northeastern coast of Japan on Friday will hit Japanese growth in the second quarter and predicts reconstruction efforts will not boost growth as much as some are predicting in the second half of 2011.
The massive earthquake that hit Japan came just before the close of Japan's stock market Friday. The Nikkei finished at a five-week low, down 1.7 percent, and Nikkei futures moved lower after the close. Here are some Japanese ADRs and ETFs to watch.