ProShares UltraShort Yen ETF (YCS) - NYSEARCA
  • 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
  • Thu, Mar. 17, 9:57 AM
    • The dollar tumbled all the way to ¥110.67 - a 17-month low - in the hours following the Fed's dovish meeting results, but quickly bounced back to nearly ¥112 in just about a 30-minute timeframe starting at about 8:30 ET this morning.
    • "That's [¥111] their Maginot Line," says currency strategist Boris Schlossberg, suspecting the big move was the result of the BOJ stepping in.
    • The greenback is currently lower by 0.85% to ¥111.57.
    • ETFs: FXY, YCS, JYN, YCL
    • Previously: "The tailwind of the weak yen has gone" (March 17)
    | Thu, Mar. 17, 9:57 AM
  • 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
  • Jun. 10, 2015, 2:02 AM
    • The yen is headed for its biggest gain against the dollar this year after Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said it's hard to see the currency's real effective rate falling further.
    • According to BOJ data, the real effective exchange rate, which adjusts for inflation and trade with other nations, shows the yen near its weakest level since early 1973.
    • Currency traders reacted immediately to Kuroda's remarks, shooting the yen up 1.4% to 122.69 per dollar. It reached a 13-year low of 125.86 on June 5.
    • ETFs: FXY, YCS, JYN, YCL
    | Jun. 10, 2015, 2:02 AM
  • 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. 14, 2015, 8:22 AM
    • "120 yen per dollar is acceptable," says Koichi Hamada, a key adviser to PM Shinzo Abe, clarifying remarks he made yesterday which suggested he thought the yen was too weak.
    • He also says  he wouldn't oppose further monetary ease by the BOJ later this month as inflation is far from a worry.
    • Dollar/yen pops to ¥119.89 from ¥119.60 following his comments.
    • ETFs: FXY, YCS, JYN, YCL
    | Apr. 14, 2015, 8:22 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
    | Mar. 12, 2015, 8:56 PM
  • Nov. 21, 2014, 11:40 AM
    • A popular short during 2013, the yen trundled along for much of 2014, with the dollar buying between ¥102 and ¥105 until about a month ago. Since, the yen has plunged, with the dollar earlier today buying as much as ¥119. Helping was the BOJ's surprise announcement of additional asset purchase and Japan's slipping back into recession.
    • "Too fast," says Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso. "There is no doubt about that."
    • Even Abenomics' (of which currency devaluation is a major plank) biggest supporters don't want the yen to weaken much beyond ¥120. "¥125 would make me a bit nervous," says an Abe advisor.
    • The yen did strengthen a bit on the finance minister comments, now up 0.5%, with the dollar worth ¥117.61.
    • FXY +0.35%
    • ETFs: FXY, YCS, JYN, YCL
    | Nov. 21, 2014, 11:40 AM | 3 Comments
  • 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. 29, 2014, 2:30 PM
    • While the statement - an end to QE, retention of the "considerable time" language, chatter about improving employment -wasn't much a surprise, the fact that the dissent came from the dove camp suggests perhaps there was a bit more hawkishness in the conference room than past meetings.
    • In any case, while stocks and longer-dated rates have a relatively subdued reaction, money is moving into the greenback (UUP +0.7%), with the euro (FXE -0.7%), yen (FXY -0.7%), pound (FXB -0.2%), Swiss franc (FXF -0.6%), loonie (FXC -0.4%), and aussie (FXA -0.6%) all considerably lower than they were 30 minutes ago.
    • ETFs: FXE, UUP, FXY, EUO, FXA, YCS, UDN, ERO, JYN, DRR, CROC, FORX, UUPT, UDNT, YCL, EUFX, ULE, USDU, URR, GDAY
    • Previously: QE ends, "considerable time" language stays for now
    | Oct. 29, 2014, 2:30 PM
  • 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. 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
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