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  • Mar. 13, 2015, 4:27 AM
    • Tokyo stocks surged through the 19,000 level today, tracking a positive lead from Wall Street to record their highest close since April 2000.
    • "The Nikkei 225 can go up further in 2015, probably closer to the 20,000 level, and what's going to drive that that will be the low yen," said Stephen Sheung, head of investment strategy at SHK Private.
    • The Nikkei currently leads all major Asian markets with an astounding 10.3% year-to-date gain.
    • The Nikkei closed up 1.4% at 19,254.
    • Previously: Nikkei passes 19K, reaches new 15-year high (Mar. 12 2015)
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
    | Mar. 13, 2015, 4:27 AM | 2 Comments
  • Mar. 12, 2015, 8:56 PM
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  • Mar. 9, 2015, 2:20 AM
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  • Mar. 5, 2015, 5:05 AM
    • Bank of Japan board member Takahide Kiuchi called the bank's inflation projections overly optimistic and questioned the sustainability of its aggressive stimulus Thursday, in a direct challenge to Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda.
    • The BOJ faces the risk of being perceived as directly financing the government deficit, Kiuchi said. The bank's stimulus measures absorb almost 90% of newly issued government debt.
    • Kiuchi also rejected Kuroda's forecast that Japan's CPI will reach 2% by the middle of 2016.
    • 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
    | Mar. 5, 2015, 5:05 AM
  • Feb. 27, 2015, 2:05 AM
    • Upbeat Japanese industrial output data led the Nikkei to hit fresh 15-year highs today, while retail sales slid and inflation slowed, underscoring strength in export industries and weak domestic demand.
    • Production jumped 4% in January from the previous month, exceeding forecasts with the biggest gain since June 2011, while retail sales fell 1.3% and household spending dropped, highlighting the uneven nature of the country's economic recovery.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
    | Feb. 27, 2015, 2:05 AM | 9 Comments
  • Feb. 23, 2015, 3:03 AM
    • Japan's Nikkei 225 Stock Average extended 15-year highs today after U.S. equity gauges climbed to records as Greece reached a provisional deal on its bailout program.
    • "The debt deal is giving comfort to the market," said Masashi Oda, chief investment officer at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, but added that investors' risk appetite is mainly due to Japanese shares' attractive valuations.
    • The Nikkei added 0.7% to 18,466.92 in Tokyo, its highest close since April 2000.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
    | Feb. 23, 2015, 3:03 AM | 6 Comments
  • Feb. 19, 2015, 2:05 AM
    • Japanese exports surged in January, providing more evidence that the world's third largest economy is slowly climbing out of recession.
    • Exports rose by an 17% on year last month, their biggest jump since late 2013, while imports in January contracted 9% Y/Y.
    • Helped by gains in financial and shipping companies, Tokyo’s Nikkei touched its highest level since May 2000 during the session, climbing 0.6% to 18,307.25.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
    | Feb. 19, 2015, 2:05 AM | 1 Comment
  • Feb. 18, 2015, 1:57 AM
    • As widely expected, the Bank of Japan maintained its massive ¥80T annual stimulus program today, its main tool to hit 2% inflation by next fiscal year.
    • Data earlier this week confirmed that the country pulled out of recession in the fourth quarter of last year, although annualized growth of 2.2% was much weaker than expected.
    • The Nikkei closed up 1.2% at 18,199.17 following the decision, its highest level since July 2007.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
    | Feb. 18, 2015, 1:57 AM
  • Feb. 16, 2015, 1:48 AM
    • Japan pulled out of recession in the final months of 2014, data on Monday showed, though the economic growth came in much weaker than expected.
    • Helped by a rebound in exports, GDP expanded at an annualized rate of 2.2% in the quarter through December, but the figure missed analysts' forecast for a 3.6% rise.
    • Japan's economy had contracted in each of the two previous quarters, due to a rise in the nation-wide consumption tax last April.
    • The focus now swings to the BOJ, which is due to release its latest monetary policy decision on Wednesday. The central bank unexpectedly expanded its massive QE program in October, swelling Japan's monetary base by around ¥80T each year, from ¥60T-¥70T previously.
    • Following the growth report, the Nikkei closed up 0.5% at 18,004.77.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
    | Feb. 16, 2015, 1:48 AM | 9 Comments
  • Feb. 12, 2015, 4:18 AM
    • Japanese stocks rose today, as the market reopened from a holiday during which the yen weakened and positive machine orders data was reported.
    • The Topix advanced 1.5% to 1,449.39, while the Nikkei added 1.9% to 17,979.72, as both indexes advanced to 2007 highs.
    • Japanese machine orders surged 11.4% Y/Y in December, double the pace estimated by economists.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
    | Feb. 12, 2015, 4:18 AM
  • Jan. 25, 2015, 5:00 AM
    • "Some of the pessimism prevailing in Davos this year is a bit exaggerated," said Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Saturday, as he welcomed the ECB's decision to embark on a huge bond-buying spree.
    • Along with the diving price of oil, the ECB move could be "great for the world economy," he added.
    • Kuroda also announced that he expects the Japanese economy to grow by around 2% in fiscal 2015.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
    | Jan. 25, 2015, 5:00 AM | 9 Comments
  • Jan. 21, 2015, 1:53 AM
    • As widely expected, the Bank of Japan held off on expanding its massive stimulus program today, but it did enlarge a loan program aimed at encouraging banks to boost lending.
    • The BOJ unexpectedly expanded monetary stimulus in October last year as soft domestic demand and slumping oil prices slowed consumer inflation. However, oil prices have lost nearly half of their value since then, keeping the central bank under pressure.
    • The BOJ also cut its core consumer inflation forecast for the year beginning in April to 1% from 1.7%, but raised its inflation forecast for fiscal 2016 to 2.2% from 2.1%.
    • The Nikkei closed down 0.5% on the news.
    • Previously: BOJ policymakers to gather for rate review (Jan. 19 2015)
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
    | Jan. 21, 2015, 1:53 AM
  • Jan. 19, 2015, 2:03 AM
    • As slumping oil prices keep inflation further away from their 2% target, Bank of Japan policymakers will gather for a rate review this week, to determine if they can hold off on expanding stimulus.
    • Back in October, the BOJ justified its unexpected expansion of quantitative and qualitative easing as aimed at preventing oil price falls, and a subsequent slowdown in price rises, from weighing on inflation expectations.
    • "By tying its October action to oil moves, the BOJ fell into its own trap," said Izuru Kato, chief economist at Totan Research. "Cheap oil benefits a huge importer like Japan. It's only a problem for the BOJ."
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
    | Jan. 19, 2015, 2:03 AM
  • Jan. 14, 2015, 2:18 AM
    • Seeking to support growth, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet approved a record ¥96.3T ($814B) budget while cutting new borrowing for a third year in a row.
    • Rising revenues following the sales tax increase last April enabled Abe to raise spending without increasing the proportion financed by new government bonds, though the total national debt is still well over twice the country's GDP.
    • Previously: Japan prepares record budget (Jan. 11 2015)
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
    | Jan. 14, 2015, 2:18 AM | 1 Comment
  • Jan. 11, 2015, 11:39 AM
    • Japan's government is set to announce a record budget for next fiscal year of more than $810B but will cut bond issuance by ¥4.4T to ¥36.9T, the third decrease in a row and the lowest level in six years.
    • The draft budget for the year from April is aimed at trimming Japan's public debt, which is well over twice the country's GDP after years of sluggish growth and huge stimulus spending.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
    | Jan. 11, 2015, 11:39 AM | 8 Comments
  • Jan. 6, 2015, 2:31 AM
    • Japanese stocks led falls across Asia today amid a selloff in global markets due to falling oil prices and concerns about the euro zone. The Nikkei closed down 3% - its worst day since mid-March.
    • Meanwhile, China's HSBC services PMI rose to 53.4 last month from November's 53, growing at its fastest pace in three months in December.
    • The survey helped boost shares in China, with Shanghai closing up 0.1%, after recovering from earlier losses in the session.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, DXJS, SCJ, JSC, ITF, JPP, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
    | Jan. 6, 2015, 2:31 AM
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The iShares MSCI Japan Small Cap Index Fund seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, as represented by the MSCI Japan Small Cap Index.
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