SoftBank is eschewing investments in early-stage firms in favor of mature companies in a strategy shift under the helm of President Nikesh Arora.
Japan's inflation target remains out of reach, with June core CPI for June barely budging and as households unexpectedly stopped spending.
Far from the glare of China's stock market chaos, the free market spirit is alive and well in Beijing's so-called New Third Board exchange.
China's securities regulator said on Friday that it had restricted 24 stock trading accounts for suspected trading irregularities.
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Eric Liu, partner and head of research at Vanda Research, says events such as the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium and data like the U.S. nonfarm payrolls will make August a bumpy month.
Price Headley, CEO of BigTrends.com, attributes LinkedIn's above-view earnings to a recent acquisition of online training company lynda.com, instead of a recovery in its core business.
A pub in Singapore called "Beer Market" was inspired by a pub in Barcelona where beer prices fluctuated like stocks. CNBC's Martin Soong has more.