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  • 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. 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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  • 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
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  • 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
  • Jul. 18, 2014, 2:51 AM
    • Japanese shares fell to a one-week low today and dropped to their largest one-day fall in three weeks after investors turned risk averse due to the downed Malaysian Airlines passenger jet shot down over Ukraine's eastern border.
    • The Nikkei sank 1% to 15,215.71, its lowest close since July 11. The index also fell 1.7% at one point during Friday's trading.
    • The Topix shed 0.8% to 1,263.29 at the close of trading in Tokyo. JPX-Nikkei Index 400 dropped 0.7% to 11,505.50.
    • 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
    | Jul. 18, 2014, 2:51 AM | 5 Comments
  • Jun. 17, 2014, 4:09 AM
    • Japanese shares rose today, with the Nikkei climbing 0.3% to 14975.97, after dropping 1.1% on Monday, although trading volume hit its two month low amid escalating tensions in the Middle East and Ukraine.
    • The Topix rose 0.3% to 1,238.20 at the close of trading in Tokyo, with 1.68B shares changing hands. JPX-Nikkei Index 400 also ended up 0.3% at 11,275.02.
    • Dollar/yen slid back 0.1% to ¥101.91, after rising 0.2% yesterday.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, SCJ, JPNL, DXJS, JSC, ITF, JPP, JPNS, HEWJ, FJP, DXJH, DXJR, DXJF, DXJC, DXJTFXY, YCS, JYN, YCL
    | Jun. 17, 2014, 4:09 AM | 2 Comments
  • Jun. 2, 2014, 7:56 AM
    • The Government Pension Investment Fund should announce a reshuffling of assets in which, predicts Nomura, it would sell as much as $200B in domestic bonds to buy overseas assets. The team at Nomura sees the move as weakening the yen about about 10%.
    • If done at the right time, says Mitsubishi UFJ's Daisaku Ueno, dollar-yen could top ¥110 this year (¥102 at the moment).
    • A Bloomberg survey sees the fund cutting its local bond holding from 60% to 40%, and boosting its targets for foreign stocks to 17% and 14% (from 12% and 11%, respectively).
    • The Nikkei closed 2.1% higher overnight.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, FXY, YCS, DFJ, JYN, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, YCL, SCJ, JPNL, DXJS, JSC, ITF, JPP, JPNS, HEWJ, FJP, DXJT, DXJH, DXJC, DXJR, DXJF
    | Jun. 2, 2014, 7:56 AM | 1 Comment
  • May 22, 2014, 8:28 AM
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  • May 7, 2014, 7:39 AM
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  • Apr. 11, 2014, 7:40 AM
    • Buy the dip? Last night's 2.4% dive brought the Nikkei lower by about 7% for the week - it's worst 5-day stretch since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The index is now off about 14% YTD.
    • Maybe not helping is April 1's boost in the sales tax to 8% from 5%. The last previous sale tax boost in 1997 proved to be a rally-killer. "2014 is not 1997," says JPMorgan's Jesper Koll. "The probability of success is better than ever." We shall see.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, DXJS, SCJ, JPNL, ITF, JSC, JPP, JPNS, HEWJ, FJP
    | Apr. 11, 2014, 7:40 AM | 2 Comments
  • Mar. 27, 2014, 4:53 AM
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The SPDR® Russell/Nomura Small Cap™ Japan ETF, before expenses, seeks to closely match the returns and characteristics of the total return performance of the Russell/Nomura Japan Small Cap Index, an equity index based upon the Japanese small cap equity market. Our approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.
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