Japan's Nikkei share average
edged up on Thursday, but pared earlier gains as investors held
back from taking major positions ahead of the closely watched
Bank of Japan meeting and a slew of domestic corporate results.
By the midday trading break, the benchmark Nikkei
added 10.56 points to 9,571.57 with strategists citing support
at its 75-day moving average around 9,437.
The broader Topix index gained 0.3 percent to
811.94. Morning trade on the main board was thin, with the Topix
trading at 39 percent of its average 90-day full day volume.
"For the market to test higher levels, we need something new
out of the BOJ, a sense that they are really determined this
time to escape deflation and meet the 1 percent inflation target
as soon as possible," said Kenichi Hirano, operating officer at
Ooredoo Oman Q4 profit falls 17pc to $21m
Ooredoo Oman, a leading telecoms operator, reported a net profit of RO8.3 million ($21.6 million) in the fourth quarter of 2014, down from RO10 million ($25.8 million) in the year-earlier period, mar
New plan aims to boost investment in Saudi
A new plan aims to transform Saudi Arabia’s investment landscape by further diversifying the economy, building its knowledge base, creating job opportunities and maintaining the ease of doing busines