A pedestrian holding his mobile phone walks past an electronic board showing the stock market indices of various countries outside a brokerage in Tokyo.

Japanese stocks enjoyed their best day in more than six weeks on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve expressed confidence in the economy and promis(...)

The logo of Sony Corp and a Christmas tree are reflected on the company’s 4K television set at the company’s headquarters in Tokyo. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

Sony’s computer network was hacked in what may be a blackmail attempt, according to sources. The breach of the entertainment and electronics company’s(...)

 A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The Investors’ Intelligence poll of newsletter writers has seen the biggest fortnightly jump from bears to bulls in more than 40 years. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Where has all the fear gone? Last month, the S&P 500 was in correction mode, and the Vix, or fear index, was soaring as traders bought protection (...)

A visitor enters an elevator in the lobby at the headquarters of SAP in Walldorf, Germany. The technology company forecast this morning that 2014 underlying operating profit would be €5.6 billion  to €5.8 billion, compared with an earlier projection of as much as €6 billion. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

European stocks fell after worse- than-estimated financial results, while gold and German and British government bonds rose. Asian equities headed for(...)

Janet Yellen, chair of the US Federal Reserve, left, speaks with Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, during the Jackson Hole economic symposium, sponsored by the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, at the Jackson Lake Lodge in Moran, Wyoming, last week. Yellen said “the labor market has yet to fully recover,” in a speech today at the Kansas City Fed’s annual conference. Photograph: Bradly Boner/Bloomberg

Asian stocks rose, extending two- week of gains, as investors weighed comments from central bank leaders for clues to monetary policy and earnings rep(...)

BHP Billiton lost 3.9% after yesterday announcing it’s poised for the biggest spinoff in the mining industry, separating aluminum, coal and silver assets to create a company valued around $15 billion after it begins trading next year. BHP’s London-listed shares fell the most in almost three years. Photograph: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

Asian stocks fell after valuations reached the highest level this year and as BHP Billiton (BHP) slumped, dragging materials shares to the largest de(...)

Asian shares nudged higher over-night, tracking rallies in the United States and Europe. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.3 per cent after jumping 1.5 per cent yesterday. Japan’s Topix rose 0.5 per cent, while the Nikkei firmed 0.3 per cent. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Asian shares nudged higher over-night, tracking rallies in the United States and Europe as investors seemed to put aside geopolitical concerns, at lea(...)

A screen displays a video on airbag safety on Toyota  vehicles at the company’s showroom in Tokyo, Japan. Photographer: Koichi Kamoshida/Bloomberg

Honda and Nissanrecalled almost three million vehicles to repair flaws in Takata air bags, adding to a call back by Toyota earlier this month. Honda’(...)

Honda Motor sank 4.2 per cent overnight, as Japan’s third-largest carmaker forecast a full-year profit that missed analysts’ estimates. Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Asian stocks fell overnight, with the regional benchmark index heading for a two-week low, as investors weigh corporate earnings and prospects (...)

US stocks fell again today, with the S&P 500 on track for its third straight decline, as weakness in some of the market’s recent high-flyin(...)