Japan Inc. doubled profits last year, much of these gains were simply a reflection of dollars and euros translating into more yen. The FT reports.» Read More
*Yahoo Japan jumps on inclusion in Goldman's conviction buy list. TOKYO, Feb 14- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Friday morning, tracking gains on Wall Street as investors shrugged off weak U.S. data and stayed optimistic over the long-term economic outlook.
BEIJING, Feb 13- Lenovo Group Ltd leader Yang Yuanqing says the Chinese technology giant will draw on cost-cutting lessons learned when it bought IBM Corp's ThinkPad laptop unit to turn losses into profit at businesses acquired for $5.2 billion last month.
Asian equity markets ended lower on Thursday due to profit-taking and as investors focused on regional earnings reports.
Feb 12- Dow Chemical Co's "lack of transparency" makes it difficult to determine whether the petrochemical giant should be split up or kept together, hedge fund titan Daniel Loeb said on Wednesday.
Asian stocks gained on Wednesday after Janet Yellen reassured Wall Street that the Fed would continue to provide monetary stimulus.
*Nissan soars as investors cover short positions- traders. *Sony rises on Apple supply report.
Sony is in talks with Apple to double its supply of camera components for a new iPhone slated to roll out as early as next year, the Nikkei reported.
Feb 12- Sony Corp is in talks with Apple Inc to double its supply of camera components for a new iPhone slated to roll out as early as next year, the Nikkei reported. Apple could be looking to switch to Sony sensors for the secondary camera on the front, which currently uses parts from suppliers in the United States and elsewhere, the business daily said.
Sony will release a smaller, lighter version of its handheld PlayStation Vita in the U.S. at sometime this spring.
Apple is showing a glimmer of that Steve Jobs innovation. Here are three things the company must do now to convince customers—and investors, says Michael Yoshikami.
Feb 10- Hasbro Inc touted a series of toys based on the fourth "Transformers" sequel and other upcoming films, overshadowing concern about its weak North American holiday season and sending its shares up nearly 6 percent.
"The LEGO Movie," an animated film based on the colorful plastic children's blocks, snapped up $69.1 million in ticket sales.
Some of Friday's midday movers:
Japanese equities led the gains in Asia on the final trading day of the week on optimism ahead of January's U.S. jobs report.
Amir Anvarzadeh, Director of Japan Equity Sales at BGC Partners, says the firm's focus on movies and entertainment should bring in higher earnings.
*Foreigners seen buying back after Japan shares underperformed. *Sony jumps 5 pct on restructuring plan. TOKYO, Feb 7- Japan's Nikkei average jumped 2 percent on Friday morning, moving away from a four-month low hit earlier this week, as investor sentiment was brightened by a rally on Wall Street and hopes for an upbeat U.S. jobs report later in the day.
While some Japanese tech firms are forecasting record profits this year, Jean-Louis Lafayeedney, Asia Technology Analyst at Ji Asia, explains the unique factors behind Sony's struggle.
CNBC's Asia Squawk Box team discuss Sony's annual forecast for a $1 billion loss and its restructuring plan to revive its business.
DETROIT- General Motors reported a weaker-than-expected fourth-quarter profit on Thursday as results in North America, Asia and South America disappointed, sending shares down about 2 percent in morning trading. Noble Energy's weak production forecast surprises Wall Street.
TOKYO, Feb 6- Sony Corp Chief Executive Offer Kazuo Hirai is seeking to cure a TV business that has lost $7.8 billion over a decade by isolating it to speed up decisions on future strategy.