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Nikkei 225

As of 15:00 18 January 2017 - Market closed
index value 18894.37 index change: 80.84 index change percentage: up 0.43%
Open
18753.96
Previous close
18894.37
52 week high
19594.16
52 week low
14952.02

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Yesterday 17.01.2017

08:23

Japanese shares close lower

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The benchmark Nikkei index slipped 1.5% - that's 281.7 points -  to close at 18,813.5 on Tuesday. It's the lowest level hit so far this year.

16.01.2017

09:13

Takata drags down Tokyo shares

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Shares in Japanese car parts maker Takata had risen 16% in Japan on Friday - ahead of an expected $1bn settlement with US regulators that investors hoped would close the door on the scandal of its faulty airbags, which were linked to the death of more than a dozen people.

That deal did indeed get announced after trade in Tokyo closed last week.  

But when dealing began again after the weekend, Takata shares slumped more than 10.5% - on lingering concerns about financial responsibilities the firm may still face.

And that dragged down the benchmark Nikkei 225 index by 1% on Monday, closing at 19,095.24 points.

13.01.2017

06:43

Takata shares surge 16%

Leisha Chi
Business reporter in Singapore
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Shares of Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata surged by more than 16% in Tokyo trading on reports that it will settle a lawsuit with US regulators as early as today.

The firm is expected to pay up to $1bn (£822m) and plead guilty to criminal wrongdoing over faulty airbags, which have been linked to at least a dozen deaths and more than 100 injuries globally.

It outperformed the benchmark Nikkei 225, which closed 0.8% higher at 19,287.28 points while the broader Topix gained 0.6% to end at 1,544.89.

12.01.2017

06:12

Nikkei keeps sliding

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Asia’s big markets continue to head lower with Japan's Nikkei 225 leading the charge with a 1% loss.

Pharmaceutical companies were among the big losers after US president-elect Donald Trump said he’d go after US pharma companies being taken over or moving abroad. 

Takeda, for instance, lost 2.5% - the firm just days ago had taken over US drug maker Ariad.

Elsewhere, both Australia's ASX/200 and South Korea's Kospi finished the day flat. 

Chinese markets are still trading with the Hang Seng in Hong Kong losing 0,6% while the Shanghai Composite is also flat.

11.01.2017

06:24

Asia stocks rebound

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Asian shares have rebounded after muted trading over the last few days. The region’s major market, Tokyo's Nikkei 225, finished 0.4% higher. 

In Australia, commodity stocks were the biggest winners, and the ASX 200 index finished the day up 0.2%. Mining giant BHP Billiton saw a 3.3% jump in shares on the heels of their boss being the latest business leader to meet with president-elect Trump in Washington.

South Korea’s Kospi finished up 1.5% with traders taking their optimism from fresh data showing the country’s jobless rate in December at its lowest since 2015.

Markets in China are still trading and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong is up by 0.7%, while the Shanghai Composite has lost 0.6% since the morning. 

10.01.2017

06:18

Asian shares head lower

Andreas Illmer
Business reporter in Singapore
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Asian shares have traded mostly lower on Tuesday with a stronger yen once again weighing on Japanese stocks. 

The Nikkei 225 in Tokyo wrapped up the day 0.6% lower. 

Toyota had seen a strong start to the trading day on the back of a $10bn US investment, but the carmaker's shares closed 0.5% down. 

In Australia, the ASX 200 finished 08% down while South Korea's Kospi wrapped 0.2% lower. 

Chinese markets are still trading and the Shanghai Composite is flat, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng is 0.6% higher. 

09.01.2017

07:18

Asian shares track Wall Street higher

Shares across Asia have started the week with a solid boost from Wall Street. With the region’s largest market, Tokyo, closed, all eyes are on China where the Hang Seng in Hong Kong is marginally up and the Shanghai Composite rose by 0. 4%

South Korea’s Kospi edged higher by 0.2% while Australia’s ASX/200 finished 0.9% up.

Australian miners, though, had a bad day as the government forecast a drastic fall in iron ore prices for the next year. Fortescue Metals lost just under 4% while industry giants Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton also finished in the red.

06.01.2017

06:16

No clear direction from Asian markets

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If you’re looking for a lead from Asian traders this morning, you’ll have to take your pick from a pretty mixed bag. 

Japan’s Nikkei 225 has seen a second day of losses, closing 0.3% lower. The stronger yen pushed exporters lower and Donald Trump's threat of import tariffs against Toyota led to losses for most of the country’s carmakers.

China’s Shanghai Composite is flat while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong is currently slightly higher, up by 0.3%. 

Australia’s ASX also finished flat while South Korea’s Kospi edged 0.3% higher. South Korean carmakers have also seen their stocks retreat on the back of Mr Trump’s threats against Toyota. 

05.01.2017

06:24

Nikkei running out of steam

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After days of rallying, Japan's Nikkei 225 appears to be running out of steam. Asia's largest stock market fell 0.4% on Thursday just one day after hitting its highest level in 13 months. 

"In Asia, equity markets have little reason to reverse the recent gains, though the Japanese markets may be the exception," according to Jingyi Pan, market strategist with IG in Singapore.

The Nikkei 225 was hit by a stronger Japanese yen, which puts pressure on exporters as it makes their products more expensive abroad.  

In South Korea, the Kospi finished the day flat, while Australia's ASX 200 wrapped with a 0.3% gain. 

Chinese markets are still trading and Hong Kong's Hang Seng is up by 1.5%, while the Shanghai Composite is 0.3% higher. 

04.01.2017

06:24

Nikkei powers higher

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European traders are waking up to a strong lead from Asia’s biggest market this morning. Japan’s Nikkei kicked off the year with a 2.5% jump, making it the highest finish since December 2015. 

It’s partly due to a weaker yen, giving a boost to the country’s crucial export sector, but fresh data shows factory activity expanding at the fastest pace in a year.

Nicholas Teo, of KGI Securities in Singapore, says: "Whether this rally has the legs to continue to go the distance, or just a ‘ceremonial’ kick-off to this start of the year, will depend on the next series of catalysts."

The next one will be US employment figures on Friday.

South Korea’s Kospi and Australia’s ASX 200 both closed flat, while markets in China are still open, with the Hang Seng in Hong Kong flat and the Shanghai Composite up by 0.7%.

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