Akiko Fujita

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    Akiko Fujita is an Anchor and Reporter for Yahoo Finance. She was previously an anchor at CNBC International, where she hosted Squawk Box Asia and covered the tech sector across the region.

  • Fitch downgrades China's credit rating outlook on debt concerns

    Credit rating agency Fitch Ratings has revised its credit outlook on China from Stable to Negative, citing growing debt-related concerns as the world's second-largest economy faces increasing uncertainty in public finances. Despite the negative outlook, Fitch has maintained China's existing credit rating at A+. The move comes as China grapples with a debt-to-GDP ratio of 287%. Yahoo Finance's Akiko Fujita breaks down the details, providing insights into factors contributing to China's rising debt levels. For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Yahoo Finance Live. Editor's note: This article was written by Angel Smith

  • Sierra Space, valued at $5.3 billion, eyes IPO to 'accelerate the new space economy'

    Sierra Space, one of the space industry’s most valuable private companies, plans to go public within the next 18 months, according to its CEO.

  • Tesla set to launch a robotaxi: Where the industry stands now

    According to a report from Bloomberg, General Motors (GM) is set to resume testing of its Cruise robotaxi in Phoenix, Arizona, while Elon Musk announced on Friday in a post on X.com that Tesla (TSLA) will be unveiling its robotaxi on August 8. In addition, Google's (GOOG,GOOGL) self-driving unit, Waymo, has begun to roll out its self-driving unit in Phoenix in conjunction with Uber Eats (UBER). It has also been operating in San Francisco and recently launched in Los Angeles. Yahoo Finance Host Akiko Fujita joins the Live show to break down the latests developments with robotaxis and how it may impact the auto sector moving forward. For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Yahoo Finance Live. Editor's note: This article was written by Nicholas Jacobino

  • How EVs are reshaping the labor market

    The US added 303,000 jobs in March. Economists had been expecting 214,000. One factor that is changing the jobs landscape is the push for electric vehicles, which includes things like building the vehicles and the batteries that go in them. But with some EV makers, such as Rivian (RIVN) and Fisker (FSRN) announcing layoffs, where does the situation stand? Yahoo Finance's Akiko Fujita takes a closer look in the video above.  For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Yahoo Finance Live. Editor's note: This article was written by Stephanie Mikulich.

  • Could Sierra Space be the next space company to go public?

    From its Dream Chaser spaceplane to the Orbital Reef space station, Sierra Space is preparing for a world where space travel is far more ubiquitous. But when will more investors be able to cash in on Sierra Space's ventures? When it comes to a potential public offering, Sierra Space CEO Tom Vice tells Yahoo Finance's Akiko Fujita the company has "a lot of optionality around access to additional capital as we think about growing the company over the next decade." Vice says Sierra Space is "well capitalized," but that the company will be looking at the public markets over the next 12 to 18 months and will "make a decision on what the right timing for us is." For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Yahoo Finance Live. Editor's note: This article was written by Stephanie Mikulich.

  • TikTok touts $24.2 billion impact to US GDP as platform faces potential ban

    TikTok commissioned a new report on the app's economic influence as part of its ongoing marketing push to evade an effective ban in the US.

  • Why tech investors are placing bets on the 'Hail Mary' of energy

    The timeline to achieve nuclear fusion, a game changer for the world's energy supply, may be shrinking thanks to recent technological breakthroughs and increasing investments from public and private sources.

  • Exclusive: Fusion reactor promises limitless energy

    Fusion energy has long been hailed as the holy grail because of its potential for limitless amounts of clean energy. But that promise has trailed reality for decades, with billions of dollars in research leading to few breakthroughs. Now there’s optimism that is about to change, partly because of new startups funded by the likes of Sam Altman, Jeff Bezos, and Bill Gates. Yahoo Finance went inside the country’s largest magnetic fusion facility for an exclusive look, to explore the challenges of bringing this technology to commercial use for the latest episode of NEXT. “The race is on to actually see who can develop this and who can get it to the masses the fastest,” said David Callaway, former editor-in-chief of USA Today and founder of Callaway Climate Insights, a news and information service focused on the business of climate change. The industry has now attracted more than $6 billion in funding to date, according to data from the Fusion Industry Association, with more than 40 startups aiming to become the first to commercialize nuclear fusion energy. The US government has set aside a record $1.48 billion for fusion research in the 2024 budget alone. Fusion energy has been considered a game-changer largely because of how the power source is generated. Unlike nuclear fission, which occurs when a neutron slams into a larger atom, splitting it into two, fusion occurs by taking two atoms and smashing them together to create a heavier atom. The process of fusion is equivalent to the process that powers the sun and other stars. Even more attractive to researchers, fusion doesn’t produce nuclear waste that can be weaponized. Despite the excitement around its potential, technological breakthroughs have largely been limited to government research labs – until now. In 2022 researchers at California-based Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory achieved ignition, generating more energy than the amount of energy it took to create the fusion reaction. But that gain lasted less than one-billionth of a second. Researchers are now looking to extend that reaction, a critical move in the next step towards re-creating the energy of a star that could provide unlimited clean energy for all. For more on our NEXT series, click here, and tune in to Yahoo Finance Live for more expert insight and the latest market action, Monday through Friday.

  • Conagra earnings, Disney vote: What to Watch Next Week

    Yahoo Finance Live anchors Josh Lipton and Akiko Fujita preview the top headlines expected out next week, including quarterly earnings from companies like Dave & Buster's (PLAY) and Conagra Brands (CAG), as well as Disney's (DIS) annual shareholders meeting where investors will finally vote on Nelson Peltz's proxy claim for a board seat. For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Market Domination Overtime. Editor's note: This article was written by Luke Carberry Mogan.

  • Oracle's NetSuite is getting AI features at no cost to customers

    Oracle's NetSuite is adding a slew of new generative AI features. The bonus for customers? It will cost them nothing to get the new functions.  Oracle NetSuite Founder and EVP Evan Goldberg tells Yahoo Finance the new features will allow customers to "access generative AI for any kind of text that they are producing and it will make appropriate text for however they are using it." As for why Oracle (ORCL) isn't charging for the generative AI capabilities, Goldberg says, "The future of business systems has AI everywhere. I mean, having a business system without AI is going to be like a car without wheels, so it really doesn't make sense." He adds, "We're not going to sell an unintelligent version of our business system." Watch the video above to hear how NetSuite's customers are using AI and how Oracle is protecting customer data. Editor's note: This article was written by Stephanie Mikulich.

  • Why Americans may begin to feel more positive about Bidenomics

    Inflation hit a staggering peak of 9% in June of 2022 and has since dropped to 3.2%. While initially many Americans were not to perceptive of Biden's economic policies, labeled Bidenomics, the latest University of Michigan data on consumer confidence may say otherwise. Yahoo Finance Senior Columnist Rick Newman joins the Live show to break down the public perception of Bidenomics as inflation seems to cool. For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Yahoo Finance Live Editor's note: This article was written by Nicholas Jacobino

  • Q1 2024 Takeaways: The rise and fall of the Magnificent Seven

    As the first quarter of 2024 draws to a close, Yahoo Finance's Head of News Myles Udland joins Market Domination Overtime to recap the market highlights of the past quarter. The S&P 500 (^GSPC) is closing the quarter at a new record high, marking the best first quarter since 2019. While 2023 saw the Magnificent Seven tech stocks fuel market gains initially, the first quarter of 2024 is ending with only four of those names — Amazon (AMZN), Meta (META), Nvidia (NVDA), and Microsoft (MSFT) — carrying the momentum. Apple (AAPL) continues to struggle, declining for three straight months. As the gains broaden to other sectors of the market, Energy, Materials, Utilities, and Financials all benefited and were the best-performing sectors for the first quarter. For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Market Domination Overtime. Editor's note: This article was written by Angel Smith

  • An inside look at the fusion reactor promising limitless energy

    Scientists and big-name investors like Sam Altman, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates are placing their bets on nuclear technology that could essentially recreate a star on earth. Yahoo Finance’s Akiko Fujita gets an exclusive look at the country’s largest magnetic fusion facility, DIII-D, where researchers are chasing clean energy through a process called nuclear fusion. Unlike traditional nuclear fission, which splits a large atom apart, fusion smashes two atoms together – producing massive amounts of renewable energy without the release of harmful waste. Tucked inside the heart of the operation lies the “tokamak.” The stakes are high in this vacuum chamber where temperatures can reach about ten times the core of the sun. In order to commercialize, nuclear fusion facilities need to generate more energy than the amount of energy it takes to create a reaction. Success here can take us one step closer to charging our world through limitless power. For more on our NEXT series, click here, and tune in to Yahoo Finance Live for more expert insight and the latest market action, Monday through Friday.

  • Nvidia has room 'to push higher': Strategist

    The first quarter of fiscal year 2024 has been a bullish one, with "Mag 7" powerhouse Nvidia (NVDA) leading the charge. Fundstrat Global Advisors Managing Director and Global Head of Technical Strategy Mark Newton joins Market Domination Overtime to break down the technical trends behind Nvidia. In terms of Nvidia's recent performance Neton states: "We've seen a little bit of a slowdown in Nvidia, just in the last couple weeks...I don't think that's really all that significant, technically. We have had, even at current levels, which is at, what, 903? The stock is up 400 points which is over 80% from where it started just three months ago. It's been a rocket ship. It's been parabolic. It's given us nearly 35% of the gains in the NASDAQ (^IXIC) and about 25% of the S&P (^GSPC)... I view this as just being a temporary period of consolidation. I still think tech is going to push higher." For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Market Domination Overtime. Editor's note: This article was written by Nicholas Jacobino

  • A first quarter to forget for Tesla shareholders

    EV automaker and Magnificent Seven member Tesla (TSLA) has had a rough first quarter, losing almost 30% year-to-date. The company has been hit with many challenges from recalls to price cuts and leadership concerns around CEO Elon Musk. Yahoo Finance Reporter Pras Subramanian joins Market Domination Overtime to break down the latest developments for Tesla. For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Market Domination Overtime. Editor's note: This article was written by Nicholas Jacobino

  • Gas prices could climb to $3.60-3.90 range this summer: GasBuddy

    Gas prices (NG=F, RB=F) are moving higher as more Americans prep their travel plans for Spring Break and the summer. GasBuddy Head of Petroleum Analysis Patrick De Haan joins Yahoo Finance to discuss the upward trends in gas and oil prices (CL=F, BZ=F). "Americans are getting out more: the [solar] eclipse is a week away, but spring break travel is also happening. All three of those — demand, refinery maintenance, and the transition to summer gasoline — is all boosting prices, and it probably will continue another couple weeks yet before we plateau," De Haan says. For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Market Domination. Editor's note: This article was written by Luke Carberry Mogan.

  • Why Netflix, Disney stocks have 'room to run'

    Netflix (NFLX) and Disney (DIS) stocks soared to 52-week highs driven by the booming streaming industry. Bloomberg Intelligence Senior Media Analyst Geetha Ranganathan and Third Bridge Group Sector Analyst Jamie Lumley join Yahoo Finance's Market Domination to discuss the factors that have investors bullish on these stocks. Ranganathan believes these stocks still possess "room to run." She highlights Netflix's subscriber growth initiatives, such as combating password sharing and introducing ad-supported subscription tiers. For Disney, Ranganathan credits the company's "moderated streaming losses" and its plans to achieve streaming profitability by year's end as catalysts driving stock gains. While acknowledging Netflix's "very strong position" in the streaming landscape, Lumley points out that competitors have also garnered investor optimism. He cites Disney as a prime example, citing its joint sports streaming venture, with sports as "one of the most valuable assets" in the streaming realm. For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Market Domination. Editor's note: This article was written by Angel Smith

  • Tesla's Q1 earnings set to be 'a bad one': Analyst

    As Tesla (TSLA) prepares to release its first quarter earnings results, Wedbush Securities has lowered its price target on the stock, citing a demand slowdown and headwinds impacting the company's margins. Wedbush Securities Managing Director Dan Ives joins Yahoo Finance Live to explain why he believes the quarter will be "brutal." Ives anticipates Tesla's first quarter performance to be "a nightmare on Elm Street," with demand slowing both domestically and internationally. Despite the disappointing expectations, "the growth story is still there," he says. Ives highlights the ongoing price war in China's electric vehicle market and emphasizes that while Wall Street acknowledges this challenge, Tesla needs to "draw a line in the sand." He believes the company must reevaluate its China strategy to improve margins amid the rapidly evolving technology landscape in the country, stating, "It's a defining chapter in the Tesla story." According to Ives, for Tesla to regain momentum, the company needs to implement a clear communication strategy regarding margins, outline "strategic targets" for its AI initiatives, and for Elon Musk must stop threatening to leave the company: "Tesla is Musk, and Musk is Tesla." He notes that although Tesla still holds growth potential, they must provide clarity to investors, asserting, "this is a quarter that's really gonna shake some confidence." For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Market Domination. Editor's note: This article was written by Angel Smith

  • Bankman-Fried sentencing established 'poster child' for crypto fraud

    A federal judge has sentenced former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried to 25 years for defrauding the crypto exchange's (FTT-USD) investors and customer base. Bankman-Fried has been ordered to forfeit $11 billion to compensate the victims. CoinDesk Managing Editor Nik De sits down with Yahoo Finance Live in-studio to discuss Bankman-Fried's sentencing, how much time the disgraced FTX co-founder will likely be made to serve in prison, and other details from Thursday's ruling. "From the beginning, it felt like prosecutors were making this... almost a poster child of what they can bring to bear against alleged criminal activity in crypto, at least as far as running exchanges go," De comments. For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Market Domination. Editor's note: This article was written by Luke Carberry Mogan.

  • Consumer sentiment up in March: Can softening inflation further boost spirits?

    The University of Michigan released its latest reading of the Consumer Sentiment Index for March of 2024. Consumer Sentiment increased from last month, reaching its highest point since July 2021. Yahoo Finance Reporter Josh Schafer joins Market Domination to discuss the consumer sentiment report for March and what it means for the market going forward. For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Market Domination. Editor's note: This article was written by Nicholas Jacobino