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    1. June 24, 2014

      Vertex soars on cystic fibrosis results

      Vertex Pharmaceuticals’ shares soared on Tuesday after the biotechnology company said results from a late-stage trial of its...

    2. September 25, 2013

      Tokyo Electron deal may spark further foreign takeovers

      Given the rarity of foreign takeovers in Japan, a 6 per cent premium for chip equipment maker Applied Materials of the US to...

    1. July 11, 2013

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      It looked, for a moment, like the run would never end. Micron Technology, which makes memory chips, was, as of Monday, up...

    2. May 6, 2013

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      Memory chips inside smartphones and personal computers might be invisible to consumers, but that hidden role belies their...

    3. April 24, 2013

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      SK Hynix, one of the world’s leading memory chip producers, beat expectations as first-quarter earnings were boosted by...

    4. January 8, 2013

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      In its most recent regulatory filing late last year, Focus Media, a Chinese advertising company listed in New York,...

    5. November 26, 2012

      Tokyo-backed fund to rescue Renesas

      An investment fund controlled by Japan’s government has agreed to rescue Renesas Electronics by buying a majority stake in...

    6. November 2, 2012

      Nomura hit by another insider trading case

      Nomura Holdings said there was a “strong possibility” it was involved in a further case of insider trading last year. The...

    7. October 30, 2012

      Insular culture blamed for Renesas woes

      A few months ago, financial advisers to Renesas Electronics, the Japanese microcontroller company, reached out to Kohlberg...

    8. September 23, 2012

      Japan fund may counter KKR’s Renesas bid

      A Japanese government-controlled investment fund and leading local companies are considering jointly investing more than...

    9. September 4, 2012

      Japan, where capital flows to yesterday’s companies

      In the next couple of weeks, bondholders will vote on the fate of Covalent Materials, the Japanese technology group formerly...

    10. August 31, 2012

      Renesas in takeover talks with KKR

      Renesas Electronics, the ailing Japanese semiconductor manufacturer, has been considering selling a controlling stake in...

    11. August 29, 2012

      KKR starts talks to buy Renesas

      Kohlberg Kravis Roberts is in preliminary talks to take over Renesas Electronics of Japan through a Y100bn ($1.27bn) share...

    12. August 23, 2012

      Covalent Materials confronted by critical test

      The future of Covalent Materials of Japan, the technology group formerly known as Toshiba Ceramics, faces a critical test in...

    13. August 19, 2012

      Micron / Elpida – chips cashed

      Imagine buying your closest rival for a third of what it would cost you to build more factories. And then paying for...

    14. July 30, 2012

      Fujitsu and Hitachi – IT contrasts

      Two numbers sum up Fujitsu – Y4,660 and Y295. The first is the Japanese electronics conglomerate’s share price from 12 years...

    15. July 17, 2012

      Samsung buys CSR’s mobile business

      Samsung Electronics is buying the mobile technology development business of CSR, the struggling UK chipmaker, in a $310m...

    16. July 10, 2012

      Elpida bondholders ask court to stop sale

      Bondholders of Elpida, the bankrupt Japanese memory chipmaker, have asked a Tokyo court to reject a sale to US group Micron...

    17. July 10, 2012

      Micron / Elpida – value judgment

      Rescue ahoy (almost). When US chipmaker Micron sent out a lifeline to Elpida last week by offering to buy it, the Japanese...

    18. July 3, 2012

      Asian shares boosted by easing hopes

      Asian stocks rose for a fifth consecutive session amid hopes that central banks around the world may ease monetary policy to...

    19. July 2, 2012

      Micron in Y200bn deal to buy Elpida

      Micron Technology, the US chipmaker, has agreed to acquire bankrupt Japanese rival Elpida Memory in a deal worth Y200bn...

    20. June 4, 2012

      Reshaping Japan’s tech sector a struggle

      Problems at two Japanese microchip makers highlight the potential dangers in a gathering effort to reshape the country’s...

    21. April 26, 2012

      Asian chipmakers

      Chipmakers are not all hewn from the same block. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is planning record investment to...

    22. April 6, 2012

      Chinese buyout group set for Elpida bid

      Chinese investment firm Hony Capital is teaming up with TPG, the US buyout group, to bid for Elpida Memory, the Japanese...

    23. April 6, 2012

      Samsung to post record quarterly profit

      Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest technology group by sales, said it would post a record quarterly profit while...

    24. March 25, 2012

      Elpida: Japan’s memory loss

      So. Farewell then, Elpida Memory, maker of dynamic random access memory chips. You were not dynamic enough and you probably...

    25. March 21, 2012

      US stocks edge down

      US equities fell for a second straight day as new housing data showed that existing home sales slipped in February, even as...

    26. March 1, 2012

      Improving jobs outlook lifts Wall Street

      US stocks survived a mid-afternoon oil price surge to finish the session at a post-financial crisis high as Wall Street’s...

    27. February 29, 2012

      Nikkei Average has best February in 21 years

      Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 Average enjoyed its best February in more than two decades thanks to a run of forecast-beating domestic...

    28. FT Alphaville

      February 29, 2012

      Semiconductor stocks drive Nasdaq rally

      The Nasdaq Composite index hit fresh 11-year highs as Apple shares reached record levels and semiconductor stocks continued...

    29. FT Alphaville

      February 29, 2012

      Overnight markets: Up

      Asian stocks rose on better-than- forecast industrial production data in Japan and South Korea, says Bloomberg, and the euro...

    30. February 28, 2012

      Semiconductor stocks drive Nasdaq rally

      The Nasdaq Composite index hit fresh 11-year highs as Apple shares reached record levels and semiconductor stocks continued...

    31. February 28, 2012

      Tokyo stocks climb after strong retail sales

      Asian equities were buoyed on Tuesday by renewed hopes that Greece’s current bail-out will cause no further global market...

    32. FT Alphaville

      February 27, 2012

      Elpida seeks bankruptcy protection

      Elpida, the Japanese chipmaker, has filed for bankruptcy protection on $5.56bn of debt, Reuters reports. It is the largest...

    33. February 27, 2012

      Wall St defies Europe as rally continues

      Micron Technology surged 7.7 per cent to close at an eight-month high of $8.56 after a rival computer memory maker filed for...

    34. February 27, 2012

      Elpida files for bankruptcy protection

      Elpida, Japan’s sole remaining memory chipmaker, has filed for bankruptcy protection in the latest example of a big...

    35. beyondbrics

      February 17, 2012

      Rival chipmakers soar on Elpida woes

      embed1 South Korean chipmakers headed by Samsung Electronics could be forgiven for rubbing their hands with glee at the...

    36. February 15, 2012

      Japanese exporters boosted by weaker yen

      A robust rally for Asian stocks was led by Tokyo, which continued to climb in the wake of the Bank of Japan’s unexpected...

    37. February 14, 2012

      Elpida future in doubt as debt talks stall

      Elpida, the Japanese chipmaker, said it was uncertain about whether it could continue as a business, after talks with its...

    38. February 8, 2012

      Japan lines up national chip champion

      Three Japanese semiconductor manufacturers including Panasonic and Fujitsu are in talks to merge their operations to create...

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