It's positive news the government didn't come directly into the market to sell its stake.

Fed policy may be shifting slightly to a longer period of rising rates, and that will hurt sentiment for shares.

Sumitomo Mitsui owes more than the other banks, yet its profitability is very good. It's not surprising it wants to show it's eager to pay the debt as soon as possible. Owing the government gives a bad impression.

The TSE lacks awareness and alertness when the market is open. If something happens, there needs to be someone to make a decision. They should have halted that J-Com trade.

It looks like demand for high-quality steel remains strong and supply remains limited.

The important thing is that global growth continues. Demand for technology goods remains strong.

Domestic bond yields have risen sharply and as a result utilities have lost their attractiveness.

There may be some parts of this company that may be worth buying, but the accounting isn't clear. You have to do the due diligence.

It gives the impression Koizumi wanted someone who has political clout and who can support his structural reforms. Merging or privatizing government-affiliated banks will be positive for commercial lenders and brokerages because it will mean more business for them.