iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ) - NYSEARCA
  • Oct. 7, 2014, 3:45 AM
    • Following the Bank of Japan's two-day policy review, the central bank kept its massive monetary stimulus intact but offered a bleaker view on factory output due to a hard-hitting sales tax increase in April.
    • As expected, the BOJ will retain its pledge of increasing base money at an annual pace of ¥60T-70T ($547B-$638B) through purchases of government bonds and risky assets.
    • Policymakers stuck to their view that the economy will resume a moderate recovery and achieve the bank's 2% inflation target next year without more monetary easing.
    • Nikkei closed down 0.7%.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, FXY, YCS, JGBS, DFJ, JGBD, NKY, JYN, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, YCL, SCJ, DXJS, JPNL, ITF, JSC, JGBL, JPP, JGBT, JPNS, HEWJ, JGBB, FJP, JPMV, QJPN, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJF, DXJC
    | Oct. 7, 2014, 3:45 AM
  • Oct. 2, 2014, 7:18 AM
    • The Nikkei had its worst day in seven months overnight, plunging 2.6% following the ugly session in the States. Plunging itself for a few weeks now, the yen (NYSEARCA:FXY) put in a positive session, rising 0.25% vs. the dollar to ¥108/63.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, FXY, YCS, JYN, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, YCL, JPNL, ITF, JPP, JPNS, HEWJ, FJP
    | Oct. 2, 2014, 7:18 AM | 2 Comments
  • Sep. 30, 2014, 5:05 AM
    • Japan's economy took another big hit in August, with figures displaying annual household spending plunging 4.7%, falling for a fifth straight month. Trade ministry data also shows industrial output dropping 1.5% in August.
    • The effects of the April 1 sales tax hike to 8% from 5% continue to take a toll on the country's economy, as it shoots for its 2% inflation goal by around mid-2015.
    • The Bank of Japan is in no mood to deploy additional easing anytime soon, although a weakening yen will make that target very difficult.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, FXY, YCS, DFJ, JYN, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, YCL, DXJS, SCJ, JPNL, JSC, ITF, JPP, JPNS, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJH, DXJR, DXJC, DXJF
    | Sep. 30, 2014, 5:05 AM
  • Sep. 21, 2014, 10:10 AM
    • Akira Amari, Japan's Minister for Economic Revitalization, has indicated that a second increase in consumption tax will go ahead as planned, saying it is necessary to meet the rising costs for social security and the country’s budget deficit.
    • Weeks of disappointing data previously caused some advisers to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to call for a delay in the increase to 10%, due to take effect next October, arguing that the first rise in April, from 5% to 8%, had taken too heavy of a toll.
    • Amari says that extra monetary and fiscal stimulus will ensure that the tax hike will not endanger the country’s recovery. The government will also offer tax breaks for small businesses to spur capital spending.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, SCJ, JPNL, DXJS, JSC, ITF, JPP, JPNS, HEWJ, FJP, DXJH, DXJR, DXJF, DXJC, DXJT, FXY, YCS, JYN, YCL
    | Sep. 21, 2014, 10:10 AM | 3 Comments
  • Sep. 19, 2014, 3:35 AM
    • Japanese stocks soared to a seven-year high this morning following the yen's sharp drop on Scotland's independence and the announcement of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's pension reform plans.
    • The Nikkei climbed 1.6% to 16,321.17, its highest closing level since 2007. The Topix rose 1.1% to 1,331.91, while the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 gained 1.2% to 12,085.85.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, SCJ, JPNL, DXJS, JSC, ITF, JPP, JPNS, HEWJ, FJP, DXJH, DXJR, DXJF, DXJC, DXJT, FXY, YCS, JYN, YCL
    | Sep. 19, 2014, 3:35 AM | 2 Comments
  • Sep. 12, 2014, 4:09 AM
    • Japanese shares rose for the fifth straight session today, led by exporters on the yen's weakness.
    • The Nikkei hit a eight-month high, climbing 0.3% to 15,948.29, its highest close since Jan. 8. The Topix rose 0.2% to a six-year closing high at 1,313.72, while the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 gained 0.2% to 11,905.53.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, SCJ, JPNL, DXJS, JSC, ITF, JPP, JPNS, HEWJ, FJP, DXJH, DXJR, DXJF, DXJC, DXJT, FXY, YCS, JYN, YCL
    | Sep. 12, 2014, 4:09 AM | 2 Comments
  • Sep. 8, 2014, 4:05 AM
    • Revised figures now show that Japan's real GDP shrank an annualized 7.1% between April and June, topping the 6.8% fall reported two weeks ago, due to a bigger than expected decrease in capital expenditure and decline in consumer spending.
    • The contraction marks the country's biggest slump since the first quarter of 2009, and puts pressure on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision, expected by year-end, on whether to proceed with a scheduled second increase in the sales tax to 10%.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, FXY, YCS, JGBS, DFJ, JGBD, NKY, JYN, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, YCL, SCJ, DXJS, JPNL, ITF, JSC, JGBL, JPP, JGBT, JPNS, HEWJ, JGBB, FJP, JPMV, QJPN, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJF, DXJC
    | Sep. 8, 2014, 4:05 AM | 2 Comments
  • Sep. 4, 2014, 4:04 AM
    • The Bank of Japan held to its upbeat view on the economy and heavy monetary stimulus this morning, despite the recent stings from a 3% sales tax hike in April.
    • The projection of economic recovery saw consumption benefiting from a tightening job market resulting in higher wages.
    • Leaving its policy framework unchanged, the central bank also pledged to increase base money by 60T-70T yen ($571B-$666B) per year via aggressive asset purchases to reflate its declining economy.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, FXY, YCS, JGBS, DFJ, JGBD, NKY, JYN, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, YCL, SCJ, DXJS, JPNL, ITF, JSC, JGBL, JPP, JGBT, JPNS, HEWJ, JGBB, FJP, JPMV, QJPN, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJF, DXJC
    | Sep. 4, 2014, 4:04 AM
  • Sep. 2, 2014, 3:26 AM
    • Japanese shares soared today, led by exporters and the yen slipping to a seven-month low against the dollar. Traders said a planned cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also supported sentiment.
    • The Nikkei hit a seven-month high, climbing 1.2% to 15,668.60. The Topix rose 1.1% to 1,297, while the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 gained 1.1% to 11,763.89.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, SCJ, JPNL, DXJS, JSC, ITF, JPP, JPNS, HEWJ, FJP, DXJH, DXJR, DXJF, DXJC, DXJT, FXY, YCS, JYN, YCL
    | Sep. 2, 2014, 3:26 AM | 1 Comment
  • Aug. 29, 2014, 4:20 PM
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  • Aug. 27, 2014, 2:41 AM
    • Compared to its previous hike, the Japanese government needs to be more cautious regarding its upcoming decision to raise the national sales tax, warns Vice Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura.
    • Nishimura highlights that the sharp decline in consumer spending from the 3% tax hike in April is proving prolonged, and hopes that the Bank of Japan will decide on further monetary easing as appropriate.
    • Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to soon decide whether to proceed with the proposed plan of raising the national sales tax even higher, lifting the rate to 10%.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, FXY, YCS, JGBS, JGBD, DFJ, JYN, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, YCL, SCJ, DXJS, JPNL, JSC, ITF, JGBL, JPP, JGBT, JPNS, HEWJ, JGBB, FJP, JPMV, QJPN, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJF, DXJC
    | Aug. 27, 2014, 2:41 AM | 1 Comment
  • Aug. 25, 2014, 4:04 AM
    • Japanese stocks rebounded to a 3-1/2-week high Monday, led by exporters and others due to a weak yen (which struck a seven-month low against the dollar this morning).
    • The Nikkei closed at yet another record high since July 31, climbing 0.5% to 15,613.25, despite trading volume hitting its lowest in a week.
    • The Topix gained 0.4% to 1,291.31, while the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 rose 0.4% to 11,751.23.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, SCJ, JPNL, DXJS, JSC, ITF, JPP, JPNS, HEWJ, FJP, DXJH, DXJR, DXJF, DXJC, DXJT, FXY, YCS, JYN, YCL
    | Aug. 25, 2014, 4:04 AM | 2 Comments
  • Aug. 21, 2014, 4:02 AM
    • Japanese stocks rose to a three-week high this morning, posting large gains for the ninth consecutive day, as a weaker yen shored up exporters after Fed meeting minutes raised the risk of an earlier interest rate hike.
    • The Nikkei closed at its highest level since July 31, climbing 0.9% to 15,586.20. The nine-days of straight gains was the index's longest streak since December.
    • The Topix also gained 0.9% to 1,291.19, while the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 rose 0.9% to 11,752.54.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, SCJ, JPNL, DXJS, JSC, ITF, JPP, JPNS, HEWJ, FJP, DXJH, DXJR, DXJF, DXJC, DXJT, FXY, YCS, JYN, YCL
    | Aug. 21, 2014, 4:02 AM
  • Aug. 13, 2014, 4:52 AM
    • Japan's economy contracted sharply in the second quarter after a national sales tax in April rose 3% and triggered a sharp decline in consumer spending.
    • Real gross domestic product shrank 6.8% in the three months through June on an annualized basis from the prior quarter.
    • Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will have to address the tax issue again soon. A sales tax increase (which will raise the rate to 10%) has been approved by the Japanese government and will take effect in October 2015.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, JGBS, JGBD, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, SCJ, DXJS, JPNL, JSC, ITF, JGBL, JPP, JGBT, JPNS, HEWJ, JGBB, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
    | Aug. 13, 2014, 4:52 AM
  • Aug. 11, 2014, 8:19 AM
    • Also helping to boost the Nikkei to a 2.4% bounce overnight following a 3% plunge on Friday was a report on the Government Pension Investment Fund temporarily removing a cap on domestic stock investment.
    • The action enables the massive GPIF to allocate more funds to Japanese stocks ahead of the upcoming official review at which it's likely to be allowed to raise its goal for equities to 20% of the portfolio from the current 12%. "[It's] a surprise for the market in that they are going to increase their stock holdings sooner," says a local equities strategist.
    • Previously: Nikkei posts largest daily percentage gain since mid-April
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, ITF, JPP, JPNS, HEWJ, FJP
    | Aug. 11, 2014, 8:19 AM
  • Aug. 11, 2014, 3:26 AM
    • Japanese stocks gained heavily this morning, posting their largest daily jump in four months. Easing tensions in Ukraine, and exporters on the rise due to the yen stepping back from its sharp gains last week - both contributed to the rise.
    • The Nikkei recouped most of its steep losses from Friday, soaring 2.4% to 15,130.52 - its largest daily percentage gain since mid-April. The Topix climbed 2% to 1,252.51, while the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 gained 2.1% to 11,402.48.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, SCJ, JPNL, DXJS, JSC, ITF, JPP, JPNS, HEWJ, FJP, DXJH, DXJR, DXJF, DXJC, DXJT, FXY, YCS, JYN, YCL
    | Aug. 11, 2014, 3:26 AM
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The iShares MSCI Japan Index Fund seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of publicly traded securities in the Japanese market, as measured by the MSCI Japan Index.
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