General Electric said on Friday it would launch a $1.14 billion tender offer for Sanyo Electric Credit, a Japanese leasing company whose main shareholder is Goldman Sachs Group.
Mazda Motor gained on Friday after the Japanese automaker unveiled a new business plan aimed at boosting its operating profit by more than 27% in four years through further product-led growth and accelerated cost cuts.
Japan's Hitachi said on Thursday it would close a parts factory in Mexico and cut 4,500 jobs as it aims to shave $300 million in costs in its loss-making hard disk drive business over the next five years.
Japan's trade surplus rose 7.7% in February from a year earlier to 979.6 billion yen ($8.34 billion), government data showed on Thursday.
Big Japanese manufacturers were less confident about business conditions in the three months to March, a government survey showed on Thursday, prompting concern about the continuing strength of the current economic recovery.
David Bianco, U.S. Equities Strategist for UBS, told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” that the S&P 500 offers investors a solid play on the strong global economy.“The S&P 500 has material exposure to the global economy,” Bianco said Wednesday. “I’m often reminding clients that the global economy and business spending are more important to S&P 500 earnings than consumer discretionary spending.”He likes consumer staples such as Coca-Cola and Proctor & Gamble, but said he’s over-weighted in industrials, technology and energy stocks, especially oil field services.
Mizuho Financial Group, Japan's second-biggest bank, cut its annual profit forecast by a quarter to $4.6 billion on Tuesday after a major borrower fell into financial trouble.
The Bank of Japan kept interest rates unchanged Tuesday as widely expected by markets, and analysts will scrutinize the central bank governor's remarks at a news conference later in the day for clues on the timing of the next rate rise.
Honda Motor said on Tuesday it would recall about 166,000 vehicles in the U.S. of the Accord, Odyssey and five other models to fix a faulty component in the fuel pump.
Japanese TV supplier byd:sign Corp. has filed a lawsuit against Hewlett-Packard at a Texas court, claiming H-P had obstructed byd:sign's flat TV sales in the United States, the Nikkei business daily said on Sunday.
Shares in Nikko Cordial traded slightly below the 1,700 yen per share being offered by Citigroup, which said it would not again sweeten its $13.5 billion takeover bid for the brokerage.
Citigroup launched its sweetened tender offer for Japan's Nikko Cordial on Wednesday and insisted its $13.6 billion bid is final, even as Nikko's stock again threatened to overshoot the bank's price.
Citigroup raised its offer for Nikko Cordial by 26% to $13.4 billion on Tuesday, after Tokyo Stock Exchange's decision not to revoke the brokerage's listing sharply boosted the value of its shares.
Japan's economy expanded by 1.3% in the final quarter of last year, revised data showed on Monday, up slightly from a preliminary reading due mainly to companies' capital spending.
Japanese retailers Aeon and Daiei said Friday they will announce a capital tie-up, a move that would create the nation's largest retail group.
Machinery orders at Japanese firms rose slightly more than expected in January from the previous month, data showed on Friday, signaling that capital spending may continue to underpin a steady economic recovery.
Aeon has finalized a deal to take a 15% stake in supermarket chain Daiei, a move that will create Japan's biggest retail group, the Nikkei business daily reported on Thursday.
Citigroup's $10.8 billion tender offer to buy Nikko Cordial looks just sweet enough to convince investors in the Japanese brokerage to sell, analysts said on Wednesday.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Tuesday that a weakened housing market will not have a major impact on the U.S. financial sector, which he described as quite healthy.
Citigroup launched a $10.75 billion takeover bid for Japanese brokerage Nikko Cordial on Tuesday, offering cash to the scandal-hit firm's shareholders in a deal designed to transform its business in the world's second-biggest economy.