asian markets

Lexus Recall Drags Toyota and the Nikkei Lower

Shares were mixed in Asia Wednesday. In Japan the Nikkei 225 Index sank 0.6% as Toyota announced yet another vehicle recall. In China, however, the Shanghai Composite Index gained 1.2% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index inched up 0.2%.

iPhone vs. Android: Google May Be Winning the War in China

And the winning mobile OS in Asia is ... Google's Android. This from Deutsche Bank's insightful technology analyst Jonathan Goldberg, who says that Android has already pulled away from the pack in China. And not just in smartphones and tablets: Android is finding its way into all sorts of platforms.

Chinese Inflation Drags Asian Shares Lower

Asian markets plunged Thursday. In China the Shanghai Composite Index tumbled 2.9% to 2,678 and in Hong Kong the Hang Seng Index fell 1.7% to 24,004. Japan's Nikkei 225 Index lost 1.1% to end the day at 10,437.

Jobless Americans Rattle Asian Markets

Rising applications in the U.S. for unemployment claims sent Asian shares lower today. In Japan the Nikkei 225 Index slid 0.9% and in China the Shanghai Composite Index slipped 1.3%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng inched up 0.2%.

Property Shares Still Hot in Hong Kong and China

Markets in Asia were mixed Tuesday. In Hong Kong the Hang Seng Index rose 1% to 23,760 and in China the Shanghai Composite Index crept up 0.4% to 2,804. In Japan the Nikkei 225 Index inched down 0.3% to 10,511 upon returning from a long weekend.

Commodities Surge as China Slashes Rare Earth Exports

China's plans to cut its exports of rare earth minerals by 35% in 2011 sent commodities stocks soaring, with Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index closing up 1.5%, China's Shanghai Composite Index adding 0.7%, and Japan's Nikkei 225 Index advancing 0.5%.

Shares Slide in Asia as China Vows to Tackle Rising Prices

Asian shares slid Tuesday as investors worry about government efforts to stabilize prices in the People's Republic. China's Shanghai Composite Index tumbled 1.7%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index fell 0.9% and in Japan the Nikkei 225 Index slipped 0.6%.

China's Christmas Rate Hike Drags Banking Shares Lower

China's 25 basis point hike in the one-year base lending rate sent banks spiraling and crippled real estate shares. The Shanghai Composite Index sank 1.9%, but in Japan the Nikkei 225 Index rose 0.8%. The Hong Kong Stock Exchange was closed for the Christmas holiday.

China Bumps Up Gas Prices, Oil Producers Surge

Markets in Asia were mixed Wednesday. In Hong Kong the Hang Seng Index inched up 0.2% to 23,045 and in China the Shanghai Composite Index slid 0.9% to 2,878. Japan's Nikkei 225 Index lost 0.2% to end the day at 10,346.

Copper Stockpiles Grow in Asia, Commodity Shares Fall

In Asia Thursday Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index fell 1.3% and China's Shanghai Composite shed 0.5%, as copper slid for a third day and banks retreated on reports that China has clamped down on loans. In Japan the Nikkei 225 Index inched up 0.1%.

The Trade Deal With Korea Will Beef Up U.S. Meat Exports

Since the mad cow scare of 2003, South Korea has been a tough market for U.S. beef: The country first banned it, then severely limited imports. But a pending new Free Trade Agreement could mark the resumption of normal trade, and the start of a more prosperous era for American beef exports.

Asian Markets Mixed as Investors Search for Stable Investments

Shares in Hong Kong and China's big banks continued to slide today as investors awaited news of further measures to curb inflation. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index fell 0.6% while China's Shanghai Composite Index remained virtually unchanged. In Japan the Nikkei 225 Index inched up 0.1%.

Positive U.S. Jobs Data Strengthens Asian Markets

Asian markets climbed higher Thursday as positive numbers out of the U.S. were enough to trigger a spike in investor confidence. In Japan the Nikkei 225 Index surged 1.8% and in Hong Kong the Hang Seng Index rose 0.9%. China's Shanghai Composite Index advanced 0.7%.

Black Friday Boom Boosts Asian Exporter Stocks

In Asia Monday Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index gained 1.3% and Japan's Nikkei 225 Index advanced 0.9%, buoyed by retail gains in the U.S. over the Thanksgiving weekend. But in China the Shanghai Composite Index slid 0.2% as investors continue to worry about the effects of tightening measures.