*Asia stocks rise on Wall Street surge, upbeat U.S. data. Financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open around 8 points, or 0.1 percent, higher, Germany's DAX to open up around 13 points, or 0.1 percent, and France's CAC 40 to start the day about 8 points, or 0.2 percent, higher. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 1.2 percent.» Read More
Aaron Smith, managing director at Pecora Capital, tells CNBC there is much less conviction and enthusiasm for Japanese Yen shorts.
While optimism among Japan bulls appears to be largely intact since last week's sell-off, Kingsley Jones of investment advisory Jevons Global believes it's time to be "really cautious" on this market.
As Japan finishes a tough week, options traders are loading on the bearish bets.
Jens Nordvig, global head of currencies at Nomura Securities, tells CNBC there were three things that played in the huge drop in the Nikkei.
Japan's stock market witnessed a second-straight day of heightened volatility on Friday, swinging from gains of 3 percent to deep losses before bouncing back again.
Geoffrey Yu, FX strategist at UBS, discusses the U.S. dollar's recovery against the Japanese yen as well as the Nikkei's drop and says it's a "very healthy correction" for the USD/JPY bulls.
Holger Schmieding, chief economist at Berenberg Bank, says the overall global economic picture is improving with Europe slowly pulling out of recession and the U.S. private sector looking more solid.
CNBC's Japan correspondent, Kaori Enjoji, reports on the "extremely volatile" Nikkei session which saw record volumes being traded and ended with a 7.3% loss.
Liz Ann Sonders, chief investment strategist and senior vice president at Charles Schwab, discusses the "remarkable" drop in the Nikkei and says it was caused by "short-term momentum money".
John Wraith, fixed income strategist at BofA Merril Lynch Global Research and Valentin Marinov, director of FX strategy at Citi, discuss the Nikkei's correction and the strength of the U.S. recovery.
Lothar Mentel, Chief Investment Officer at Tatton Investment Management says the recent rally shows a confused market and expects some volatility ahead.
Adam Hewison, President & Chief Strategist of INO.com discusses 'Abenomics' with CNBC's Cash Flow and describes why he thinks it might not work.
What should investors do with equity markets at record highs? Here is a recap of trade tips from today.
Ben Collett, head of Asian equities at Sunrise Brokers, discusses Sony and Third Point Loeb's "shareholder activism", and explains why foreign investors should reduce their Japanese holdings.
A chief government spokesman commented that the recent improvements in the Japanese economy show Prime Minister Abe's economic policies are starting to take effect in the real economy. The Nikkei's Makiko Utsuda has more.
Mitsui, Mitsubishi and Nippon Yusen reached a joint venture agreement with the U.S. firm Sempra Energy. The project, estimated to cost $10 billion, plans to produce 12 million tons of liquefied natural gas a year by 2017, or equivalent to 10% of annual Japanese demand. The Nikkei's Sachiko Kishida reports.
Dhiren Sarin, Chief Technical Strategist, Asia Pacific at Barclays says Japan is only recently catching up to the easing monetary policies of the West so it is feasible to expect the Nikkei to reach highs of 18,000.
Jonathan Brodsky, Portfolio Manager at Advisory Research, says there is a long-term trend of growth and opportunity in Japan.
Clem Chambers, CEO of ADVFN says the Nikkei 225 could touch 20,000 next year.
Japanese equities have risen a "bit too fast" and appear to be somewhat "bubbly," according to the former vice finance minister of Japan, as the Nikkei crossed the key 15,000 on Wednesday.