First Trust Japan AlphaDEX ETF(FJP)- NASDAQ
  • Thu, Apr. 28, 3:27 AM
    • The Nikkei has slumped and the yen has jumped after the Bank of Japan surprisingly held off from increasing its monetary stimulus as it looks to take more time to understand the effect of its negative interest rates.
    • The Nikkei is -3.6%, while the dollar is -3.2% at 108.27 yen.
    • Specifically, the BOJ let three key easing tools unchanged: its ¥80T ($732) target for expanding the monetary base, mostly through buying government bonds; the 0.1% negative interest rate; and a program to purchasing riskier assets such as stocks.
    • The BOJ also put back to 2017 its timeframe for achieving its target of 2% inflation, the fourth delay in about a year.
    • The BOJ's lack of action comes despite the strengthening of the yen over the recent period - aside from today - and inflation not picking up.
    • Data today showed that March CPI fell 0.1% on year vs +0.3% in February. Core CPI, excluding fresh food, dropped 0.3% after being flat.
    • BOJ Web site
    • Inflation Report
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, FXY, YCS, JGBS, JGBD, DBJP, DFJ, JYN, JOF, JPNL, DXJS, EZJ, JEQ, EWV, HEWJ, YCL, SCJ, JPXN, JSC, JPP, JGBL, JGBT, DXJH, JGBB, QJPN, JHDG, DXJF, JPMV, FJP, DXJR, DXJT, JPN, DXJC, HGJP, JDG, HFXJ, HEGJ, HJPX, FXJP, JPNH
    | Thu, Apr. 28, 3:27 AM | 9 Comments
  • Thu, Apr. 7, 7:42 AM
    • JPMorgan on the yen: “If you only shoot blanks, it just makes a sound: at first everyone is surprised but once they get used to it it’s just noise”
    • It seems like just yesterday when everyone on the Street was convinced dollar/yen was headed up to ¥125 - and that was before the BOJ brought Japanese interest into negative territory. It hasn't worked out.
    • The yen's 1.3% advance today brings dollar/yen all the way down to ¥108.35, the weakest in nearly two years.
    • The strong yen isn't doing any favors for the Nikkei, which edged higher overnight, but is lower by 17% YTD. Also mulling the surging yen are investors in WisdomTree (NASDAQ:WETF), whose hedged Japan ETF (NYSEARCA:DXJ) has been seeing less demand. WETF is down 31% this year.
    • Now read: USD/JPY - Yen Surges On Dovish Fed Minutes, Breaks Below 109 (April 7)
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, FXY, YCS, DBJP, JYN, JPNL, EZJ, JEQ, EWV, HEWJ, YCL, JPXN, JPP, FJP, JPN, HGJP, HFXJ, HEGJ, FXJP, JPNH
    | Thu, Apr. 7, 7:42 AM | 7 Comments
  • Fri, Feb. 5, 2:36 PM
    • The announcement last week sent the Nikkei skying and the yen plunging, but the yen has surged since, and is now stronger than before the BOJ move. As for the Nikkei, it's more than given back its gains.
    • "More symbolic than dramatic," says CLSA's Chris Wood of the BOJ action. He points to Europe - where there's been negative deposit rates for some time - and notes bank deposits at the ECB have barely fallen in the face of a negative rate of 0.3%. While European base money growth is up 41% Y/Y, broader M3 is ahead only a fraction of that. Households and businesses continue to sock money away because investment opportunities just aren't there.
    • Japan is seeing similar action between base money and broad money supply.
    • Citi Research today, downgraded Japan's Big 3 megabanks to sell - not necessarily because of negative rates which should have limited impact on earnings - but due to the perception that the BOJ will cut even more.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, FXY, YCS, DBJP, NKY, JYN, JPNL, EZJ, JEQ, EWV, HEWJ, YCL, JPP, DXJF, FJP, JPN, JPNH, JPXN, HGJP, HEGJ, FXJP, HFXJ
    | Fri, Feb. 5, 2:36 PM | 9 Comments
  • Sep. 10, 2015, 3:32 AM
    • Japanese machinery orders, a leading indicator of capital expenditure, unexpectedly dropped 3.6% on month in July after falling 7.9% in June and badly missed consensus of +3.7%.
    • On year, orders +2.8% vs 16.6% and +10.5%.
    • "Poor orders, particularly at the service sector, reflect persistent weakness in domestic demand," says economist Takeshi Minami.
    • The numbers add to a series of weak data recently and could add pressure on the Bank of Japan to add more stimulus.
    • The problem for policymakers is that they were hoping that the weaker yen and lower energy prices would help boost corporate profits, which would be used to increase wages and capital spending. However, this doesn't seem to be happening.
    • The Nikkei has tumbled 2.5% after surging 7.7% yesterday, while the USD-JPY is +0.3% at ¥120.84.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, FXY, YCS, JGBS, DFJ, JGBD, DBJP, NKY, JYN, JOF, EZJ, JEQ, JPNL, DXJS, EWV, YCL, SCJ, HEWJ, JSC, ITF, JGBL, JPP, JGBT, QJPN, JGBB, FJP, JPMV, DXJT, DXJC, DXJR, JHDG, DXJH, DXJF, JDG, HGJP, JPN
    | Sep. 10, 2015, 3:32 AM
  • Sep. 9, 2015, 2:52 AM
    • Japan's Nikkei index has surged 7.7% after dropping 2.4% yesterday as global stocks rallied, boosted today by the prospect of corporate tax cuts and further stimulus in China.
    • Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to cut rates by 3.3 percentage points from 35% from next year and wants to eventually lower the number into the twenties, "bringing it to a level that compares favorably in the international context."
    • Abe's plan comes as the impact of his radical economic reform over the past three years appears to be fading, with GDP falling 1.2% in Q2.
    • Today's rise in stocks was the Nikkei's largest single-day gain since October 2008.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, FXY, YCS, JGBS, DFJ, JGBD, DBJP, NKY, JYN, JOF, EZJ, JEQ, JPNL, DXJS, EWV, YCL, SCJ, HEWJ, JSC, ITF, JGBL, JPP, JGBT, QJPN, JGBB, FJP, JPMV, DXJT, DXJC, DXJR, JHDG, DXJH, DXJF, JDG, HGJP, JPN
    | Sep. 9, 2015, 2:52 AM | 7 Comments
  • Apr. 27, 2015, 11:49 AM
    • The yen weakened for a few minutes following the news, but has since retaken that ground, with dollar/yen stronger by 0.15% on the session to ¥119.09. JGBs are snoring through the news as well, with the 10-years up one basis point at 0.30%.
    • Fitch keeps the outlook stable, but warns of another rating cut if: 1) Evidence that the authorities’ commitment to fiscal consolidation was weakening, such as failure to articulate a clear and credible strategy for stabilizing public debt ratios, or slippage relative to targets; 2) Weaker macroeconomic performance than Fitch expects for a sustained period, intensifying the challenge in stabilizing the public finances; 3) A sharp and sustained rise in real interest rates demanded by investors to hold government debt.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, FXY, YCS, JGBS, JGBD, DBJP, NKY, JYN, EZJ, JPNL, EWV, YCL, HEWJ, ITF, JGBL, JPP, JGBT, JGBB, FJP
    | Apr. 27, 2015, 11:49 AM
  • Apr. 8, 2015, 4:58 AM
    • The Bank of Japan's board has voted 8-1 to keep its asset-purchase target at ¥80T a year, rejecting a call by stimulus critic Takahide Kiuchi to slash the goal to ¥45T. (PR)
    • As in the U.S., all that money printing has caused an inflation in assets, if not in consumer goods and services, and the Nikkei rose 0.8% to 19,789.81, the highest close since April 2000. The USD-JPY is -0.4% at ¥119.87.
    • Meanwhile, Japan's current-account surplus surged to ¥1.44T ($12B) in February from ¥61.4B in January and easily beat consensus of ¥1.15T.
    • The latest figure is the highest in almost 3 1/2 years and was boosted by increased income from overseas investments and the trade deficit narrowing to ¥143.1B from ¥864.2B.
    • A main reason for the trend is a drop in oil prices, which has made imports cheaper. The weaker yen is also helping.
    • The surplus, the eighth in a row, indicates that Japan has again become a large external creditor following a series of current-account deficits at the end of 2013. (PR)
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, FXY, YCS, JGBS, DFJ, JGBD, JYN, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, YCL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JGBL, JPP, JGBT, HEWJ, JGBB, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJH, DXJR, DXJF, DXJC
    | Apr. 8, 2015, 4:58 AM | 2 Comments
  • Mar. 12, 2015, 8:56 PM
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  • Nov. 16, 2014, 8:06 PM
    • Real GDP shrank 1.6% on an annualized basis in Q3, confounding forecasts for a 2.25% expansion - in fact, none of the economists surveyed had expected a negative print. It's the 2nd consecutive quarter of contraction - GDP fell 7.3% in Q2 following a 300 basis points boost in the sales tax which took effect on April 1.
    • The Nikkei has knee-jerked lower by 1.4% in response to the slow number, but there could be a positive spin to the news - Prime Minister Abe has said the Q3 GDP print would play a large role in whether he decides to postpone the next boost in the sales tax currently scheduled for October 2015.
    • The yen is marginally stronger vs. the dollar, which currently is buying ¥116.22.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, FXY, YCS, JYN, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, YCL, JPNL, ITF, JPP, JPNS, HEWJ, FJP
    | Nov. 16, 2014, 8:06 PM | 25 Comments
  • Oct. 30, 2014, 3:19 PM
    • The Japanese Government Pension Investment Fund is the world's largest pension fund with more than $1T in assets. It's no secret the fund's managers are planning to cut holdings of JGBs and boost allocations to domestic equities (among other assets), but the question is how much.
    • Expectations are for the GPIF to cut its JGB weighting to 40%, but chatter today says the fund plans to go as low as 25%, while ramping its Japanese stock holdings all the way to 25%.
    • Reuters reported yesterday that the GPIF hasn't waited for its review to be completed and has already cut JGB holdings down to just over half the portfolio, but it's not immediately clear where the fund has reallocated that money.
    • EWJ +0.9%, DXJ +1.1%
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, JPNS, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJH, DXJR, DXJF, DXJC
    | Oct. 30, 2014, 3:19 PM | 1 Comment
  • Oct. 20, 2014, 8:20 AM
    • The Nikkei has slumped alongside Western markets over the past few weeks - down more than 10% - but gained 4% overnight following Friday's big rally in the States.
    • Also at work is a published report saying Japan's $1.2T Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) will boost its allocation target for domestic shares to about 25% from 12%. Foreign holdings of stocks and bonds will be lifted to a combined 30% from 23%, while holdings in JGBs will be cut to 40% from 60%.
    • The GPIF has been expected to announce a higher domestic stock target, but the 25% figure is likely toward the top end - if not exceeding - of market expectations.
    • EWJ +2% premarket
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, DXJS, SCJ, JPNL, JSC, ITF, JPP, JPNS, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJH, DXJR, DXJF, DXJC
    | Oct. 20, 2014, 8:20 AM
  • Oct. 17, 2014, 3:41 AM
    • Asian stocks trade mixed as a 14-year low in U.S. weekly jobless claims and talk of the Fed possibly extending QE helps provide balance to concerns about a possible recession and deflation in Europe, the Ebola scare, China's slowdown, and Japan's floundering economy.
    • The Nikkei closes -1.4% while Japanese bond prices rise, with the two-year yield dropping 3.6 bps to a record low of 0.005%.
    • "We need to see a period of better data from the U.S., and especially Europe, for markets to really calm and volatility to cool," says market strategist Chris Weston.
    • Nymex crude is +0.2% to $82.86 and Brent is +0.1% to $85.89, but the latter is still headed for a fourth consecutive weekly loss.
    • Hong Kong +0.4%, China -0.65%, India +0.25%.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, FXY, YCS, JGBS, DFJ, JGBD, JYN, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, YCL, DXJS, SCJ, JPNL, JSC, ITF, JGBL, JPP, JGBT, JPNS, HEWJ, JGBB, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJF, DXJC
    | Oct. 17, 2014, 3:41 AM
  • Oct. 14, 2014, 2:58 AM
    | Oct. 14, 2014, 2:58 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
  • 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. 8, 2014, 7:19 AM
    • The Nikkei capped a tough week, falling 3% overnight with Obama's ordering of airstrikes in Northern Iraq a convenient excuse for the decline.
    • Today's session also happens to be the busiest earnings report day of the season and Nikon Corp. tumbled 9.4% after lower full-year guidance, Taiyo Yuden dove 8.9% after cutting its outlook, and Nisshin Steel plunged 9.8% after profit fell 99%.
    • The BOJ maintained its pledge to boost the monetary base by ¥60T-¥70T.
    • The dollar is weaker vs. the yen by 0.25%, with dollar/yen down to ¥101.83.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, SCJ, DXJS, JPNL, JSC, ITF, JPP, JPNS, HEWJ, FJP, DXJT, JPMV, QJPN, DXJH, DXJR, DXJF, DXJC, FXY, YCS, JYN, YCL
    | Aug. 8, 2014, 7:19 AM
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