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  • Sep. 8, 2013, 10:00 PM
    | Sep. 8, 2013, 10:00 PM
  • Sep. 6, 2013, 4:12 AM
    • For the first time since May of 2012, Japan's Cabinet Office says its coincident index is "improving", which indicates the government sees "a high likelihood of an economic expansion" based on the composite of 11 key economic indicators.
    • "The indicators that most contributed to the rise were manufacturing-related numbers, such as industrial output and industrial electricity usage," WSJ notes.
    • Official release
    • On Thursday, the BOJ made similar comments, saying the economy is "improving moderately."
    • Equity and JGB ETFs — EWJ, NKY, EWV, EZJ, ITF, JSC, JPP, DXJ, SCJ, DFJ, FJP, JPNL, JPNS, DXJS, JGBT, JGBL, JGBS, JGBD
    • Currency: FXY, JYN, YCL, YCS
    | Sep. 6, 2013, 4:12 AM | 1 Comment
  • Sep. 5, 2013, 3:29 AM
    • The Bank of Japan votes unanimously to stay the monetary policy course aimed at boosting the monetary base by ¥60-70T annually.
    • "Japan's economy is recovering moderately," the central bank says, marking an update to the language used in August, when Kuroda and company said the economy was "starting to recover."
    • At issue now is whether a sales tax hike (designed to help shore up the country's public debt) will derail the recovery and pressure BOJ Governor Kuroda to take further action to stimulate growth.
    • Full statement
    • The Nikkei (+0.1%) and the yen (-0.7%) are little changed on the news.
    • Equity and JGB ETFs: EWJ, NKY, EWV, EZJ, ITF, JSC, JPP, DXJ, SCJ, DFJ, FJP, JPNL, JPNS, DXJS, JGBT, JGBL, JGBS, JGBD
    • Currency: FXY, JYN, YCL, YCS
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    | Sep. 5, 2013, 3:29 AM | 8 Comments
  • Sep. 3, 2013, 9:23 AM
    • Japan overnight had its biggest gain in a month, the Nikkei +3% to add to Monday's 1.4% advance. The yen has fallen sharply over the past few sessions, with the dollar buying ¥99.29 this morning vs. just ¥97 towards the end of last week. The weaker yen helped Toyota (TM +2.9% premarket) to be the Nikkei's biggest gainer. Kansai Electric soared 8.1% after an expert panel concluded an earthquake fault under the company's Ohi nuclear plant may not be active.
    • EWJ +2.9%, DXJ +3.8% premarket.
    • Equity and JGB ETFs: EWJ, NKY, EWV, EZJ, ITF, JSC, JPP, DXJ, SCJ, DFJ, FJP, JPNL, JPNS, DXJS, JGBT, JGBL, JGBS, JGBD.
    • Currency: FXY, JYN, YCL, YCS.
    | Sep. 3, 2013, 9:23 AM
  • Sep. 2, 2013, 4:00 AM
    • Japanese capital spending unchanged on year in Q2 vs -3.9% in Q1 and consensus of -2%.1. On quarter, capex +2.9%.
    • Corporate current profits +24%, corporate sales -0.5%.
    • JPMorgan and UBS say Q2 GDP may be revised up from a preliminary reading of +2.6% following the capex data, which could make the government more inclined to go through with proposed increases in sales tax. A decision is expected early next month.
    • Nikkei +1.4%, USD-JPY +1.2% to ¥99.32. (PR)
    • ETFs - Stocks: EWJ, NKY, EWV, EZJ, ITF, JSC, JPP, DXJ, SCJ, DFJ, FJP, JPNL, JPNS, DXJS. Bonds: JGBT, JGBL, JGBS, JGBD. Currency: FXY, JYN, YCL, YCS
    | Sep. 2, 2013, 4:00 AM
  • Aug. 30, 2013, 4:53 AM
    • The 0.7% rise in July core inflation, which includes oil products but not fresh food, was the highest since November 2008.
    • However, the majority of the gains came from energy, says strategist Shuji Tonouchi, adding that the "upward pressure on energy prices is likely to start to slow in the coming months."
    • Core-core CPI, which excludes energy, fell 0.1% on year in July vs -0.2% in June.
    • "Things are basically on track for the BOJ, but I would not get overly optimistic on prices just yet," Tonouchi says.
    • Industrial production +3.2% on month in July vs -3.1% in June and consensus of +3.9%.
    • Manufacturing PMI 52.2 in August vs 50.7 in July. (PR)
    • Overall household spending +0.1% on year in July vs -0.4% in June and consensus of +0.3%.
    • ETFs - Stocks: EWJ, NKY, EWV, EZJ, ITF, JSC, JPP, DXJ, SCJ, DFJ, FJP, JPNL, JPNS, DXJS. Bonds: JGBT, JGBL, JGBS, JGBD. Currency: FXY, JYN, YCL, YCS
    | Aug. 30, 2013, 4:53 AM
  • Aug. 27, 2013, 5:03 AM
    • Japan's Ministry of Finance reportedly wants to allocate a record ¥25.3T ($257B) just to service the country's mammoth debt of ¥1,000T ($10T) - which is double the size of its economy - for the next fiscal year.
    • The expected provision is 13.7% higher than for this FY, indicating how the ministry wants to guard against a possible rise in long-term interest rates.
    • The speculation comes as Japan debates whether to increase sales tax, a move seen as important for dealing with the country's debt but also as possibly hurting its nascent growth.
    • ETFs - Stocks: EWJ, NKY, EWV, EZJ, ITF, JSC, JPP, DXJ, SCJ, DFJ, FJP, JPNL, JPNS, DXJS. Bonds: JGBT, JGBL, JGBS, JGBD. Currency: FXY, JYN, YCL, YCS
    | Aug. 27, 2013, 5:03 AM | 9 Comments
  • Aug. 27, 2013, 4:18 AM
    • Asian shares are mostly lower after John Kerry signaled that the U.S. could take military action against Syria due to strong suspicions that the latter used chemical weapons against its citizens.
    • The Turkish lira hits a record low of 2.0163 to the dollar, although the yen is up, with the USD-JPY -0.7% at 97.85.
    • "It's a risk-off story because of Syria and also if you see broad repatriation from emerging-markets currencies, the yen will benefit," says Michael Turner, a strategist at RBC.
    • However, Chinese shares are higher following positive data for industrial profits.
    • Japan -0.7%, Hong Kong -0.5%, China +0.3%, India -2.8%, Turkey (TUR) -2.9%.
    • Japanese ETFs - Stocks: EWJ, NKY, EWV, EZJ, ITF, JSC, JPP, DXJ, SCJ, DFJ, FJP, JPNL, JPNS, DXJS. Bonds: JGBT, JGBL, JGBS, JGBD. Currency: FXY, JYN, YCL, YCS
    | Aug. 27, 2013, 4:18 AM
  • Aug. 23, 2013, 5:03 AM
    • Japanese shares (DXJ, EWJ) rise 2.2% as the yen weakens vs the dollar following strong U.S. factory data yesterday, which increased expectations of Fed tapering.
    • However, Chinese stocks (FXI) drop 0.5%, with financials hurting due to concern about tightening liquidity before the end of the month. Hong Kong falls 0.1%.
    • Elsewhere, emerging-markets end the week relatively calmly after a week of turmoil. India +0.5%, Indonesia -0.2%, Thailand -0.5%, Malaysia flat.
    | Aug. 23, 2013, 5:03 AM
  • Aug. 20, 2013, 4:09 AM
    • Japanese shares (DXJ, EWJ) slump 2.6% as the turmoil in India and Indonesia hits stocks with exposure to those countries.
    • Trading in Asia continues to otherwise dominated by the obsession with the Fed's prospective tapering.
    • Asia "is not going to feel like a great place for a while as we adjust to the new world order where U.S. bond yields are going up, not down," says Richard Yetsenga of ANZ Bank.
    • Hong Kong -2.3%, China -0.6% , India -0.4%, Indonesia -5.9%.
    | Aug. 20, 2013, 4:09 AM
  • Aug. 19, 2013, 4:56 AM
    • The 12.2% rise in exports was the fastest since December 2010, with the weak yen helping to boost sales of cars and electronics. Sales to the U.S. +18.4%, to China +9.5%, to the EU +16.6%.
    • "The details are encouraging because you can see that exports to Japan's main markets are bouncing back," says economist Hiroaki Muto.
    • The 19.6% jump in imports was the largest gain in three years, due to the weak yen and increasing oil prices.
    • The trade deficit of ¥1.02T was the third-largest ever. "This is a pretty big deficit and a negative for Japanese companies that will suffer from rising costs," says Yoshiki Shinke of Dai-ichi Life Research.
    • ETFs - Stocks: EWJ, NKY, EWV, EZJ, ITF, JSC, JPP, DXJ, SCJ, DFJ, FJP, JPNL, JPNS, DXJS. Bonds: JGBT, JGBL, JGBS, JGBD. Currency: FXY, JYN, YCL, YCS.
    | Aug. 19, 2013, 4:56 AM
  • Aug. 15, 2013, 4:03 AM
    • Reducing Japan's corporate tax rate wouldn't have an immediate impact on the economy, Finance Minister Taro Aso says, as only around 30% of firms pay such taxes.
    • Rather, the government should consider tax breaks to promote capex and business investment. Economics Minister Akira Amari echoed those remarks.
    • In addition, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga denied that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told ministers to consider reducing the corporate tax rate.
    • There has speculation that the government is considering the cut in order to offset a planned two-step rise in sales tax amid fears that such an increase would harm the economy as it begins to recover from deflation.
    • The Nikkei falls 2.1% while the dollar drops 0.2% vs the yen following the remarks. A lack of clarity about when the Fed might start tapering is also hurting the dollar.
    • Japan ETFs - Stocks: EWJ, NKY, EWV, EZJ, ITF, JSC, JPP, DXJ, SCJ, DFJ, FJP, JPNL, JPNS, DXJS. Bonds: JGBT, JGBL, JGBS, JGBD. Currency: FXY, JYN, YCL, YCS
    | Aug. 15, 2013, 4:03 AM
  • Aug. 13, 2013, 7:29 AM
    • The yen falls sharply vs. the greenback with dollar/yen +1.1% to ¥98.00 following a report Shinzo Abe's government is considering a corporate tax cut.
    • The idea to cut the corporate tax comes as the government increasingly looks to be moving forward with a big hike in the national sales tax - a momentum-killer for the Japanese economy on more than one occasion throughout these two lost decades. A note from JPMorgan this morning has that desk believing the boost will go through as expected, with a final decision coming in October.
    • FXY -0.6% premarket. Other yen ETFs: YCL, YCS, JYN.
    • The news also boosted stocks, with the Topix climbing 2%. Even after struggling for the last quarter, the Topix is 35% higher on the year. It trades at 1.2x book value compared to 2.5% for the S&P 500 and 1.7% for the Stoxx Europe 600.
    • DXJ +0.4%, EWJ +0.7% premarket. Other equity ETFs: EWJ, NKY, EWV, EZJ, ITF, JSC, JPP, DXJ, SCJ, DFJ, FJP, JPNL, JPNS, DXJS.
    • JGB ETFs: JGBT, JGBL, JGBS, JGBD.
    | Aug. 13, 2013, 7:29 AM | 1 Comment
  • Aug. 13, 2013, 4:02 AM
    • Japanese shares (DXJ, EWJ) lead Asian stocks higher and the yen weakens following a report that Shinzo Abe is considering reducing corporate taxes in order to offset a rise in sales tax.
    • Chinese (FXI) and Hong Kong (EWH) stocks continue to receive support from hopes that China's economy has stabilized.
    • Japan +2.6%, Hong Kong +1.2%, China +0.2%, India +1%.
    | Aug. 13, 2013, 4:02 AM
  • Aug. 12, 2013, 3:39 AM
    • Asian shares are mixed as Japanese (DXJ, EW) stocks fall following worse-than-expected GDP data, although Chinese (FXI) and Hong Kong (EWH) equities rise after decent economic numbers last week.
    • Japan -0.7%, Hong Kong +2.1%, China +2.4%, India +1%.
    | Aug. 12, 2013, 3:39 AM
  • Aug. 12, 2013, 2:58 AM
    • Capital expenditure unexpectedly fell for the sixth consecutive quarter, dropping 0.1% on quarter vs consensus of +0.7.
    • Private consumption +0.8% vs forecasts of +0.5%, boosted by spending on food, travel and consumer electronics.
    • External demand contributed 0.2 percentage point to growth and domestic demand 0.5 point.
    • The worse-than-expected GDP has intensified the debate about a proposed increase in sales tax. "There is no need to raise the sales tax in a hurry," says Koichi Hamada, a key adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Doing so "as scheduled might hurt the economy."
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    • ETFs - Stocks EWJ, NKY, EWV, EZJ, ITF, JSC, JPP, DXJ, SCJ, DFJ, FJP, JPNL, DXJS, JPNS. Bonds: JGBT, JGBL, JGBS, JGBD. Forex:  FXY, JYN, YCL, YCS
    | Aug. 12, 2013, 2:58 AM | 1 Comment
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WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund seeks investment results that closely correspond to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Index. The Fund employs an investment approach designed to track the performance of the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Index. The Index and the Fund are designed to provide exposure to equity securities in Japan, while at the same time hedging exposure to fluctuations between the value of the U.S. dollar and and the Japanese yen. The Index and the Fund seek to track the performance of equity securities in Japan that is attributable solely to stock prices without the effect of currency fluctuations.
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