Pedestrians walk past a stock price indicator in Tokyo. Agence France-Presse
Robust earnings from Google-owner Alphabet and Twitter took the S&P 500 and Nasdaq indexes close to record levels on Friday, with data showing the domestic economy slowed lesser than expected in the second quarter providing support.
The Bank of Japan (BOJ) kept its monetary settings steady on Tuesday but added language to its policy statement that it would ease “without hesitation” if the economy loses momentum for achieving the central bank’s 2% inflation target.
Bank of Japan (BOJ) Deputy Governor Masayoshi Amamiya said the central bank is ready to ramp up stimulus and will consider all policy options, including deepening negative interest rates, if the loss of economic momentum hurts its efforts to boost inflation.
Tokyo and Shanghai stocks closed higher on Friday but trade lacked direction with several major markets closed for Easter holidays. In Japan, the benchmark Nikkei 225 index added 0.50 per cent, or 110.44 points, to 22,200.56, while the broader Topix index climbed 0.12 per cent, or 1.96 points, to 1,616.93.
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Monday the US government will extend a reprieve given to Huawei Technologies that permits the Chinese firm to buy supplies from US companies so that it can service existing customers,
Stock markets rallied on Monday after US President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser hailed “positive” trade talks with Chinese negotiators.
The Dubai Financial Market (DFM) has announced that its listed companies have recorded a 96 per cent compliance regarding the disclosure of Q2-2019 results within the deadline of 45 days from the end of the period.