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CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust ETF (FXY)

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  • 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
    | 3 Comments
  • Nov. 17, 2014, 3:58 PM
    • "The argument that tax hikes cause recessions is becoming more difficult to refute," says Wells Fargo, dissecting Japan's slip back into an official recession in Q3 (following a big boost in the sales tax on April 1). "In our view, next year's tax hike is at least postponed and Abenomics in general is losing traction."
    • The bank does note it was an inventory swing which was responsible for much of the decline in Q3 GDP as there were gains in consumer spending and net exports, but business fixed investment also fell during the quarter.
    • Previously (along with the IMF and OECD) a supporter of another sales tax hike in October 2015, the team at Wells says it could be politically untenable at this point.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, FXY, YCS, JYN, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, YCL, JPNL, ITF, JPP, JPNS, HEWJ, FJP
    • Previously: Surprise contraction in Japanese GDP
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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
    | 25 Comments
  • Nov. 5, 2014, 7:38 AM
    • The greenback is well-bid following the GOP victory overnight, with the dollar index higher by 0.6% (a fairly sizable move for this product).
    • UUP +0.65% premarket.
    • Dollar ETFs: UUP, UDN, FORX, UUPT, UDNT, USDU
    • The euro (NYSEARCA:FXE) is lower by 0.5% vs. the dollar; the pound (NYSEARCA:FXBby 0.6%; the yen (NYSEARCA:FXYby 1%; the Swiss franc (NYSEARCA:FXFby 0.5%, the aussie by 1.4%, and the loonie by 0.3%.
    • On the flip side, precious metals continue to tumble, with gold (-2.3%) and silver (-4.7%) at more than four-year lows.
    | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 5, 2014, 4:45 AM
    • Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda has affirmed his commitment toward achieving 2% inflation at the earliest date possible, saying there is no limit to the measures the central bank will take.
    • "There are no limits to our policy tools...in order to completely overcome the chronic disease of deflation, you need to take all your medicine. Half-baked medical treatment will only worsen the symptoms," says Kuroda.
    • The BOJ shocked global financial markets last week by expanding its massive stimulus spending program, with the aim of hitting the 2% goal and recharging the country's tottering economy.
    • The yen weakened to 114.44 per dollar, the lowest since December 2007, after gaining 0.4% yesterday.
    • ETFs: FXY, YCS, JYN, YCL
    | 2 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
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  • Oct. 21, 2014, 6:08 AM
    • Key quotes from CAO report:
    • "Industrial production is decreasing recently."
    • "Private consumption appears to be pausing recently."
    • "Business investment shows some weak movements recently, while it is on the increase."
    • "Although weakness remains for the time being, the economy is expected to recover, supported by the effects of the policies, while employment and income situation improve. However, attention should be given to the downside risks of the Japanese economy such as lengthening of the reaction after a last-minute rise in demand and slowing down of overseas economies."
    • 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
    | 1 Comment
  • 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
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  • Oct. 15, 2014, 11:59 AM
    • Markets and bond yields are falling everywhere, but it's the greenback (UUP -0.8%) which is taking the brunt of sales in foreign exchange. The euro (FXE +1%), yen (FXY +0.9%), swissie (FXF +0.9%) are all sharply higher, with cable (FXB +0.2%) advancing moderately. The loonie (FXC +0.1%) is up slightly vs. the dollar.
    • Dollar ETFs: UUP, UDN, FORX, UUPT, UDNT, USDU
    • Gold (GLD +0.9%) is up to $1,243 per ounce, about its highest price since Labor Day.
    | 4 Comments
  • 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
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  • Oct. 6, 2014, 3:49 PM
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  • Oct. 4, 2014, 4:30 PM
    • Bill Gross, set to start working for Janus (NYSE:JNS) on Monday, tells Barron's there will be a “bear markets for all assets” if the Fed raises its short-term rate to 4% in the next few years.
    • The Fed should target a rate of 2%, not 3.75-4%, to keep the economy in equilibrium, he says. Its current model fails to reflect structural changes in the economy.
    • Gross expects his fund to hold a "decent percentage" of short-term high-yield paper (10-25%), yielding 3-4%. "Both Janus and I like one-to-three-year high-yield paper issued by companies such as Ally Financial (NYSE:ALLY) and HCA Holdings (NYSE:HCA)."
    • Gross also likes Mexico (ETFs: EWW, UMX, SMK, DBMX, QMEX), and says he may take "mild short positions" in the euro (FXY, YCS, JYN, YCL)  and yen (FXE, EUO, ERO, DRR, EUFX, ULE, URR).
    • Janus may develop an ETF to track Gross's fund (MUTF:JUCTX).
    | 12 Comments
  • 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
    | 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
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  • 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
    | 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
    | 2 Comments
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