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    Nikkei Average within range of 23,000 Yen

    21st May, 2018

    Japanese stocks had risen sharply in April and continued to be strong in May.  As 5/17, the monthly rate of increase was 1.65% for the Nikkei Average and 1.75% for TOPIX.  NY Dow rose by 2.28% led by the appreciation of APPLE (APPL).  The SOX index consisting of 30 semiconductor stocks increased by 9.68%.  Domestically, […]

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    Net buying by foreign investors still continuing but…

    14th May, 2018

    For the period from Jan-Mar, 2018, net buying of spot trades and futures by foreign investors reached Yen8.7 trillion. This net purchase reached about Yen1.8 trillion in April, with the monthly rate of increase being 6.10% for the Nikkei Average, and 4.30% for TOPIX. However, with the consecutive holidays in May, prices of Japanese stocks […]

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    Investor Sentiment Improving?

    1st May, 2018

    Evaluation of performance of individual companies in both Japan and the US is spreading to the market as a whole.  The financial results of Lam Research (LRCX), a major semiconductor manufacturing equipment producer, released on 17 Apr reveals that the rate of increase in the 4Q (April-June) of FY2019/6 is expected to slow significantly.  On 19 […]

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    Faint hope of foreign investors continuing to buy?

    23rd April, 2018

    As of 20th April, the Nikkei Average had fallen by 2.65% since the beginning of the year, remaining in negative territory.  However, it had risen 3.30% since the beginning of April and is recouping losses.  Markets had been turbulent in February and March, but the Nikkei Average managed to keep above Yen20,000. BOJ’s purchase of […]

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    A Market with Continuing Wild Fluctuations?

    9th April, 2018

    On 5th April, President Trump revealed that he had instructed the USTR (US Trade Representative) to consider additional tariffs on 100 billion dollars (about 10.7 trillion yen) worth of imports from China. Although the market had increasing expectation that the US and China were carrying out behind-the-scenes negotiations, uncertainty will now become stronger again and […]

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    Positive Japan-United States

    17th February, 2017

    The positive tone at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s summit with President Donald Trump eases concerns about Japan’s growth outlook and reduces political constraints on its central bank. Earlier comments from Trump had raised concerns for Japan on trade, the yen and security commitments. None of those concerns materialized at the event, which went off without […]

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    German Unemployment Extends Drop as Economic Growth Picks Up

    5th January, 2017

    German unemployment extended its decline in December amid signs that growth in Europe’s largest economy accelerated at the end of last year. The number of people out of work fell by a seasonally adjusted 17,000 to 2.638 million, data from the Federal Labor Agency in Nuremberg showed on Tuesday. Economists in a Bloomberg survey forecast […]

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    Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect Launched

    8th December, 2016

    The launch of Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect means that Hong Kong will become the first investment choice for mainland investors to allocate global funds, hedge the devaluation for the yuan and seek high-yield assets through the south-bound connect. Similarly, the north-bound connect will open up China’s fast growing economy including health-care, consumer and technology stocks […]

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    China’s UnionPay Restricts Buying of Overseas Insurance Policies

    4th November, 2016

    Insurance stocks took a blow on Monday in both Hong Kong and Shanghai markets, as investors backed off from the sector after Chinese authorities announced a curb on Hong Kong insurance purchases through UnionPay cards, the largest bank card provider in the country, which had banned customers from using its service to buy investment-related insurance […]

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    Barclays Says Europe Stocks Are Buy in 2016

    1st November, 2016

    Investors should buy European equities regardless of whether the Federal Reserve raises borrowing costs in the next three months, Barclays Plc says. “At the moment, Europe is a buying opportunity,” Jose said by phone. “Even if the Fed hikes, when you look at the amount of the global support from the Bank of Japan, from […]

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    Yen Gains as Asian Stocks Diverge Before BOJ

    29th July, 2016

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled a hefty stimulus package, the size of which is estimated at 6 percent of Japan’s economy, roughly 28 trillion yen ($265 bn) in a bid to prop up Japan’s flagging economy. Details of the fiscal package are set to be finalized next week. The BOJ will expand its purchases of […]

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    Nintendo and Pokemon GO

    22nd July, 2016

    Shares in the Japanese game maker – Nintendo closed up 14 percent at 31,700 yen ($300) on the Tokyo Stock exchange 19th July and have more than doubled in value since the wildly popular augmented-reality game was launched on July 6. However, shares of Nintendo Corp. 7974, -12.61% tumbled 12% in Tokyo Wednesday after reports […]

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    British Pound plunges

    24th June, 2016

    As of 3:55 a.m.(UK Local Time), the British pound is plunging as results come in from the EU referendum, falling to its lowest level since January 2009 hours after hitting its highest level for the year moments after the polls closed. Uncertainty over the outcome of Britain’s vote on European Union membership is keeping world […]

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    Energy producers fell most in 6 weeks, ended longest S&P 500 rally since October

    9th March, 2016

    The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index declined 1.1 % to 1979.26 at 4 pm (UTC-05:00), ending its five month longest winning streak.

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