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The Week in Numbers: party like it's 1989

STORY: From Japan reliving its glory days, to Nvidia enjoying the ride, this is the Week in Numbers.

Over 39,000 was the record high hit by Japan’s Nikkei stock index this week.

It’s taken 34 years to scale peaks last seen during Japan’s bubble era economy in the 1980s.

This time around, a cheap yen is one factor, making shares more affordable for overseas buyers.

16.4% was the after-hours surge in shares for Nvidia after yet more forecast-busting results.

The AI chip market leader saw revenue soar as demand booms for chatbots and the like.

But Adam Coons at Winthrop Capital Management is among investors who say the firm still needs to show it can justify its ever-higher share price:


“It's not about what they've done so far. It's what is the new revenue stream that they're working on now in order to make this stock worth, you know, 50 times earnings right now.”

$3 billion was the writedown taken by HSBC over its stake in one Chinese bank.

The charge surprised investors, and saw HSBC miss earnings forecasts.

Shares in the bank saw their worst slide in nearly four years following the news.

Over $181 was the record high hit by shares in Walmart after it beat forecasts and promised a big hike in dividends.

The retail giant has been boosted by a focus on groceries, helping it shelter from the slowdown in discretionary spending.

And $35.3 billion is how much U.S. bank Capital One will pay to acquire credit card firm Discover Financial.

The deal is destined to create a global payments giant to match rivals like Visa.

But it also looks sure to attract scrutiny from watchdogs and skeptical politicians.