TOKYO, Jan 29- Japan's Nikkei average posted the biggest one-day drop in two weeks on Thursday, hit by dismal earnings from the likes of Komatsu Ltd and signs the U.S. The Nikkei fell 1.1 percent to 17,606.22, the biggest one-day percentage drop since Jan. 16. Construction equipment makers Komatsu tumbled 8.5 percent and Hitachi Construction Machinery dived 11...» Read More
Asian markets climbed Tuesday following news of JPMorgan's raised bid for Bear Stearns. Expectations for a recovery in U.S. credit markets cheered investors. Hong Kong stocks jumped over 6 percent and Japan finished over 2 percent higher.
Asian stocks ran flat to higher Monday. Japan and South Korea finished in the black. Trading activity was muted markets in Australia and Hong Kong closed for the Easter holiday. They will reopen Tuesday. Friday was a holiday in the United States and around 40 other countries worldwide.
Asian stocks were mostly stronger this Good Friday, following gains on Wall Street. Japan and South Korea both finished over 1% higher. Markets in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia and Singapore are closed for the Good Friday holiday.
Asian stocks bounced around in the afternoon session Thursday, with Chinese markets oscillating wildly, losing as much as 6.5% at one point, but swinging back into the black, now trading over 2% higher.
Asian markets rallied on Wednesday as investors took a shine to the U.S. Federal Reserve's interest rate cut. Australia had a spectacular session, finishing 4% higher. Japan and South Korea both ended over 2% higher.
Asian stocks closed mostly higher Tuesday after Monday's selloff as battered financials regained some luster ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting that is expected to yield steep U.S. rate cuts. Japan finished 1.5 percent higher, but Australia closed flat.
Japan's Nikkei 225 has had a tough first quarter. So far this year, the index has lost over 23% and this week's rout hasn't helped matters. We take a look at what the charts have to say about where the Nikkei may head.
Asian markets plunged Monday, but stocks were off session lows. Japan closed 3.7 percent lower and Hong Kong fell 5 percent.
Asian stocks ended mixed Friday as investors were uncertain about whether the worst was indeed over for credit markets. Japan shed 1.5 percent but Australia managed to hang on to gains closing 1.4 percent higher.
Asian markets sank Thursday with investors spooked by news that Netherlands-listed fund Carlyle Capital, expects its lenders to seize its assets and cause its likely liquidation. Carlyle Capital is an affiliate of private equity firm Carlyle Group.
Asian stocks closed firmly higher Wednesday, though off their earlier highs, after the U.S. Federal Reserve, in a joint effort with other central banks, said it would add up to $200 billion in funds to help resuscitate strained credit markets.
Asian markets moved out of negative territory and closed higher Tuesday. Japan and South Korea both ended over 1 percent higher despite initial sharp losses during the morning.
Asian stocks slumped to a seven-week low Monday, following a fall in U.S. stocks last Friday, after data showed employment fell in February at its fastest rate in five years, heightening worries about the economy.
Asian markets performed dismally Friday as fears of more credit-related losses hit financial shares and a record low U.S. dollar routed exporters. Japan, Australia and Hong Kong all closed over 3 percent lower.
Asian markets rallied Thursday, with Japan and South Korea both finishing over 1 percent higher after more positive economic data out of the U.S. eased investor concerns over a global recession.
Asian stocks had a shaky performance Wednesday with markets drifting back and forth for most of the session, but ending mainly lower as credit worries and fears over the health of the U.S. economy lingered.
Asian markets closed mostly lower Tuesday, having drifted in and out of negative territory during volatile trading. Japan closed flat, but Chinese stocks ended 2.3 percent in the red. Gold and platinum hovered at or near record highs.
Asian stocks bled into the afternoon Monday, with Tokyo the hardest hit market, closing 4.5 percent lower, burdened by growing fears about a U.S. recession and more writedowns in the financial sector.
Asian markets were heavily soldoff Friday, with the exception of Chinese stocks, as the specter of a U.S. recession haunted Asian investors as the U.S. dollar hit a three-year lower against the yen and gold and oil prices struck all-time highs.