Created with Snap


A decade of trade: 2009 — 2019

How have the constituents of the NIKKEI 225 fared over the past 10 years? Explore the chart below to separate the stalwarts and fast growers from the cyclicals and turnarounds.

The Nikkei 225 has enjoyed a strong showing in the past ten years, rising to levels above 20,000 currently from its multi-decade. post-crisis lows in the low 7,000s. The 25,000 level still provides a formidable upside bar though, as it has since the early 1990s. The index remains extremely diverse in terms of sectors covered, with 36 industrial classifications distilled into six broader categories. In short it remains probably the premier overall snapshot of how Japan Inc. is doing and, as such, a crucial regional and global bellwether.

NIKKEI 225: 2009 — 2019

Graph shows NIKKEI 225 performance year on year over the past decade. Additional companies can be added to the chart using the search facility and filters below.

The NIKKEI 225:
A decade of trade

Junichi Ishikawa

Junichi Ishikawa

Market Analyst, IG group

The Nikkei 225 Stock Average started in September 1950, making it one of the oldest index’s in Asia. It consists of the top 225 blue-chip companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Regarded as the Dow Jones Industrial Average of Japan, the index is also a price-weighted index which means that each constituent affects the broader index to the proportion of its price.

The Nikkei 225 hit its peak not in the most recent decade but in 1989 when it reached 38,957.44 owing to a Japanese asset price bubble. This perhaps outlines how this index trends rather differently from most other well-known global stock indices. The index sank to a low of 13,122.61 in 1999, about a third of that earlier peak, after the bubble burst in the early 1990s.

Over the last 10 years, movements have perhaps been less extreme. The worst year for the index in the last decade was 2011 when it declined 17.3% as the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. While Japan had long been known as a country prone to natural disasters, this 2011 iteration had been the most powerful earthquake recorded in the country and also caused various nuclear accidents, altogether taking a toll on the stock market.

Following that, the Nikkei 225 clocked two consecutive years of strong gains in 2012 and 2013, at 22.9% and 56.7%, respectively. Indeed, 2013 was the best performance in the last 10-years.