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*Honda, Nissin helped by higher Citi targets. Signs of a recovery in the U.S. labour market bolstered Japanese stocks, which are already riding a bullish streak on expectations of aggressive easing by the Bank of Japan under governor nominee Haruhiko Kuroda. "
*Sumitomo Mitsui jumps after saying to repay bailout funds. While last week the Nikkei's gains were driven by Fast Retailing, today the broader Topix jumped after things turned out to be the best possible scenario over the weekend, "said Naoki Fujiwara, chief fund manager at Shinkin Asset Management.
*Sumitomo Mitsui jumps after saying to repay bailout funds. *Automakers boosted by Citi target price hike- analyst. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc shot up 4.5 percent to a four-year high after the bank said it would repay 200 billion yen in public bailout money, ending more than a decade of partial government ownership.
The buzz at the South by Southwest festival is all about the gadgets: computers controlled by the wave of a hand, cool new cameras and more.
Google's Motorola Mobility unit is to shed another 1,200 jobs as the smartphone maker tries to return to profitability, Google said on Friday.
March 8- Google Inc's Motorola Mobility unit will slash 1,200 jobs or 10 percent of its workforce as the smartphone maker tries to return to profitability, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing a company email.
TOKYO, March 7- Sharp Corp may sell new shares to help it repay a $2.1 billion convertible bond due in September, after a deal with Samsung Electronics Co raised $111 million in return for a 3 percent stake in the Japanese company, three sources familiar with the matter said.
NEW YORK, March 7- Texas Instruments raised its target for first-quarter earnings and revenue to the upper end of its previous forecast range, implying improving demand for its chips.
HELSINKI, March 7- Nokia Chief Executive Stephen Elop took a 45 percent cut in his pay package last year, according to a U.S. regulatory filing, as the company continued losing market share in smartphones to Samsung and Apple.
WATERLOO, Ontario, March 7- BlackBerry has gotten its new touchscreen mobile device on store shelves in more than 20 countries and is very encouraged by the traction that the smartphone is gaining, Chief Executive Thorsten Heins said on Thursday.
PARIS, March 7- Media group Lagardere set a timetable for its exit from EADS on Thursday, pledging to sell its 7.4 percent stake in the European aerospace and defence group before July 31.
Apple is in a "dilemma", according to one analyst and a low-end version of the iPhone or even a rumored iWatch or Apple TV may not be enough to turn its fortunes around.
TOKYO, March 7- Sharp Corp is likely to seek fresh bank loans to help it repay a $2.1 billion convertible bond due in September, with no further equity deals likely after Samsung Electronics Co agreed to buy a 3 percent stake in the company for $111 million, three sources familiar with the matter said.
NEW YORK, March 6- Johnson Controls Inc is exploring a potential sale of its automotive electronics business, but has no "current intention" to sell its automotive interiors unit, the company said on Wednesday.
NEW YORK, March 6- Johnson Controls Inc is exploring a potential sale of its automotive electronics business, but has no "current intention" to sell its automotive interiors unit, the company said on Wednesday. Johnson Controls' automotive electronics business had sales of $1.4 billion in fiscal 2012. Its automotive interiors business had sales of $4.1 billion.
*Hyundai growing market share in Europe. GENEVA, March 6- South Korean carmaker Hyundai plans to double its advertising spending in Europe in a bid to build on market share gains at a time when struggling rivals are becoming more aggressive in cutting prices.
*Deal could check Apple's influence at Sharp- analysts. TOKYO/ SEOUL, March 6- Samsung Electronics Co, with a $110 million investment in cash-strapped Sharp Corp, will broaden its supplier base, gain access to low-power thin screen technology and get a foot in the door at one of Apple Inc's key Asian display suppliers.
TOKYO, March 6- Sharp said on Wednesday that it will raise 10.3 billion yen through a share offer to Samsung Electronics in a bid to bolster its finances. After dilution, Samsung Elecronics will own a 3 percent stake in Sharp.
Apple has held talks with Beats Electronics on a potential partnership involving Beats' planned music-streaming service, three people familiar with the situation told Reuters.
SAN FRANCISCO/ LOS ANGELES, March 5- Apple Inc has held talks with Beats Electronics LLC, the audio technology firm co-founded by influential hip-hop producer Dr Dre and music mogul Jimmy Iovine, on a potential partnership involving Beats' planned music-streaming service, three people familiar with the situation told Reuters.