Topic: Nikkei 225 Index

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  • Asian stocks, boosted by stimulus, fall on economic outlook

    Asian stock markets drift lower as concerns rise about global economic weakness. Stock market optimism over stimulus from Fed and other central banks seems to be fading. 

  • Stock markets, US futures steady on hopes Spain asks for aid

    As global economy worsens, investors expect Spain to negotiate a bailout, easing fears about a eurozone breakup. Major Asian, European market indexes showed little change, while S&P futures were up modestly.

  • China manufacturing slows. Asian stocks fall.

    Chinese manufacturing is still contracting, but HSBC flash PMI suggests that the sector is starting to stabilize. Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Australian exchanges all fall after weak Chinese manufacturing data. 

  • Spain dithers: Stocks fall, borrowing costs rise

    Stock markets fall as investors grow nervous about Spain's delay in asking for a bailout. Spain's bond yields rise, but bond auctions generate strong response.

  • Bernanke bump: Stocks rise early on Fed action

    Bernanke's announcement that the Federal Reserve would once again step in to help the lagging economic recovery is sending stocks to one of their best weeks since June. Bernanke and the Fed pledged to spend $40 billion on mortgage bonds to drive down long-term interest rates and push investors into stocks.

  • ECB bond-buying boosts markets in early trading

    European Central Bank's bond-buying plan continued to lift financial markets on Friday ahead of key US jobs data. European Central Bank president Mario Draghi unveiled a plan Thursday to to buy unlimited amounts of short-term bonds from euro countries that request help.

  • Stock market erases losses on Fed signals

    After spending most of the day in negative territory, the S&P 500 rebounds to eke out a gain after the release of the minutes of the latest Federal Reserve meeting. 

  • Stock futures nudged higher by possible ECB deal

    Stock futures in the US edged higher Tuesday morning on hopes that the European Central Bank will work out a deal to help Spain and Italy borrow at cheaper rates. Stock futures on the Dow rose 0.2 percent to 13,255.

  • On fifth anniversary of credit crisis, global markets fall

    The unofficial anniversary of the start of the global credit crisis sees markets down, despite hopes of more Chinese stimulus and encouraging US jobs data.

  • Spain bailout? Market worries eased by ECB comments.

    Spain bailout concerns have rattled markets in recent days. But stock markets rose after the European Central Bank hinted that it could intervene to lower the nation's borrowing costs, reducing the potential for a full-blown Spain bailout.