Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics Corp has said it is considering selling a unit that designs display control chips, amid media reports that Apple  is in talks to buy it for about 50 billion yen ($483 million).

The future of Apple ’s supply chain for its flagship smartphones has come under industry scrutiny as people familiar with the matter said Apple(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange with an image of Russian president Vladimir Putin on a magazine cover seen in the foreground Photograph. Justin Laine/EPA

Heightened tensions ahead of Ukraine’s weekend referendum in Crimea and stresses over China’s growth pushed world stocks to their lowest in a m(...)

A pedestrian walks past an electronic board showing the graph of the recent fluctuations of Japan’s Nikkei average, outside a brokerage in Tokyo last week. The index bolted ahead overnight  by 1.4 per cent to breach the 15,000 barrier. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

European stocks dropped from a six-year high on concern about Chinese growth and as companies from Vivendi to Fresenius Medical Care posted di(...)

Traders in the New York Stock Exchange: The US was the big winner of the 20th century. Excluding the US, real global returns averaged just 4.4 per cent. photograph: reuters

Over the long run, equities have enjoyed handsome returns, but does it follow that “buy and hold” invariably delivers for investors? Is it the (...)

Commuters stand on a platform as they wait to board a train at a station in Tokyo, Japan. Japan’s economy grew just 0.3 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year, compared with the previous quarter, confounding forecasts of a 0.7 per cent gain. The disappointing result will keep pressure on the Bank of Japan to support the economy once an increase in the sales tax goes through in April. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Asian shares built on their recent rally overnighty as worries about emerging markets continued to ebb, sucking the safe-haven support out of t(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

World shares made guarded gains today, encouraged that Wall Street was able to weather a seemingly disappointing US jobs report last week but with mor(...)

A broker is pictured near a computer screen showing movements in the stock market (top graph) since the morning opening at the Colombo Stock Exchange . Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte /Reuters

Asian shares regained a measure of stability today, stepping further away from five-month lows after a strong rally on Wall Street and hopeful signs t(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Investors today shrugged off central bank efforts to shore up battered emerging markets, selling stocks and bonds and further weakening tumbling curre(...)

Toyota Motor, the world’s biggest carmaker, fell 1.9 per cent to 6,300 yen overnight, as Asian markets declined on the back of Chinese growth fears. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Asian stocks fell, with the regional benchmark index headed for its biggest loss in more than three weeks, as a gauge of China’s services industries d(...)

Big stories of the year included monetary stimulus in Japan and the tech sector, which was a big winner.

Like 2012, this was a year where global stock markets were shaped by central bankers and policymakers, as epitomised last February when Japan’s econom(...)

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