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  • Aug. 27, 2014, 2:41 AM
    • Compared to its previous hike, the Japanese government needs to be more cautious regarding its upcoming decision to raise the national sales tax, warns Vice Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura.
    • Nishimura highlights that the sharp decline in consumer spending from the 3% tax hike in April is proving prolonged, and hopes that the Bank of Japan will decide on further monetary easing as appropriate.
    • Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to soon decide whether to proceed with the proposed plan of raising the national sales tax even higher, lifting the rate to 10%.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, FXY, YCS, JGBS, JGBD, DFJ, JYN, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, YCL, SCJ, DXJS, JPNL, JSC, ITF, JGBL, JPP, JGBT, JPNS, HEWJ, JGBB, FJP, JPMV, QJPN, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJF, DXJC
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  • Aug. 25, 2014, 4:04 AM
    • Japanese stocks rebounded to a 3-1/2-week high Monday, led by exporters and others due to a weak yen (which struck a seven-month low against the dollar this morning).
    • The Nikkei closed at yet another record high since July 31, climbing 0.5% to 15,613.25, despite trading volume hitting its lowest in a week.
    • The Topix gained 0.4% to 1,291.31, while the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 rose 0.4% to 11,751.23.
    • 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
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  • Aug. 21, 2014, 4:02 AM
    • Japanese stocks rose to a three-week high this morning, posting large gains for the ninth consecutive day, as a weaker yen shored up exporters after Fed meeting minutes raised the risk of an earlier interest rate hike.
    • The Nikkei closed at its highest level since July 31, climbing 0.9% to 15,586.20. The nine-days of straight gains was the index's longest streak since December.
    • The Topix also gained 0.9% to 1,291.19, while the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 rose 0.9% to 11,752.54.
    • 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
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  • Aug. 13, 2014, 4:52 AM
    • Japan's economy contracted sharply in the second quarter after a national sales tax in April rose 3% and triggered a sharp decline in consumer spending.
    • Real gross domestic product shrank 6.8% in the three months through June on an annualized basis from the prior quarter.
    • Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will have to address the tax issue again soon. A sales tax increase (which will raise the rate to 10%) has been approved by the Japanese government and will take effect in October 2015.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, JGBS, JGBD, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, SCJ, DXJS, JPNL, JSC, ITF, JGBL, JPP, JGBT, JPNS, HEWJ, JGBB, FJP, QJPN, JPMV, DXJT, DXJR, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
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  • 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
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  • Aug. 11, 2014, 3:26 AM
    • Japanese stocks gained heavily this morning, posting their largest daily jump in four months. Easing tensions in Ukraine, and exporters on the rise due to the yen stepping back from its sharp gains last week - both contributed to the rise.
    • The Nikkei recouped most of its steep losses from Friday, soaring 2.4% to 15,130.52 - its largest daily percentage gain since mid-April. The Topix climbed 2% to 1,252.51, while the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 gained 2.1% to 11,402.48.
    • 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
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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
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  • Aug. 4, 2014, 3:28 AM
    • Japanese stocks fell to a more than one-week low this morning, with financials and sea transporters leading the losses, as investors turned risk averse due to the last week's U.S. stock sell-off and concerns over Argentina's default and Portuguese banking problems.
    • Japanese equities still drew some support from hopes of an improvement in domestic corporate earnings, as well as solid Asian shares and a stable currency market.
    • The Nikkei sank 0.3% to 15,474.50, its lowest close since July 25, extending losses for a third straight trading day. The Topix shed 0.4% to 1,276.19, while the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 dropped 0.3% to 11,620.36.
    • 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
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  • 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
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  • Jul. 16, 2014, 3:36 PM
    • The WisdomTree (WETF -1%) Japan Hedged Equity Fund (DXJ +0.4%) has seen $2.2B in outflows this year, including withdrawals of $490.4M on July 11 alone, according to Bloomberg.
    • It doesn't mean investors/traders don't want to bet on Japan; just that - with volatility all but vanishing from forex - they're not interested in hedging. By contrast, the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ +0.2%) - not hedged at all - has seen nearly $1B in inflows. "Most ETF buyers are not long-term investors and they’re betting the dollar-yen won’t move much in three to six months," says a Tokyo-based analyst with BNP Paribas.
    • It was 2013, when the DXJ took in a whopping $9.8B as Japanese stocks rallied hard and the yen fell just as sharply.
    • Japan ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, ITF, JPP, JPNS, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, FXY, YCS, JYN, YCL
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  • Jul. 10, 2014, 10:19 AM
    • Japan's core machinery orders fell again in May, plunging 19.5%, and followed a continuing downward trend of April's 9.1% drop.
    • The recent falls suggest a further limit in capital spending, and triggered the Japan Cabinet Office to reduce its estimate on machinery orders.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, DFJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, SCJ, DXJS, JPNL, JSC, ITF, JPP, JPNS, HEWJ, FJP, QJPN, DXJC
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  • Jun. 23, 2014, 4:15 AM
    • Japanese shares rose to a five-month high today, after a positive survey on Chinese manufacturing added to gains caused by the Fed's dovish monetary policy. The Nikkei climbed 0.1% to 15,369.28, its highest close since January 29. The benchmark has risen almost 10% since the end of May.
    • The Topix also rose 0.1% to 1,267.48 at the close of trading in Tokyo, with 1.96B shares changing hands. JPX-Nikkei Index 400 fell 0.1% to 11,537.06.
    • 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
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  • 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
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  • Jun. 12, 2014, 12:04 PM
    • Each ETF will track a single developed market and hold firms that have performed well in various market conditions and offer investors value while featuring low volatility.
    • SPDR MSCI Australia Quality Mix ETF (QAUS), SPDR MSCI Canada Quality Mix ETF (QCAN), SPDR MSCI Germany Quality Mix ETF (QDEU), SPDR MSCI Japan Quality Mix ETF (QJPN), SPDR MSCI Spain Quality Mix ETF (QESP), and SPDR MSCI United Kingdom Quality Mix ETF (QGBR) all launched this morning when the market opened.
    • All of the quality ETFs feature an expense ratio of 0.30%.
    • Other ETFs following the selected 6 countries: EWU, FKU, DXPS, DBUK, EWP, DXJ, EWJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, ITF, JPP, JPNS, HEWJ, FJP, EWG, DBGR, DXGE, FGM, HEWG, EWC, FCAN, EWA, AUSE, FAUS
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  • Jun. 10, 2014, 2:58 PM
    • As last week made clear, central banks in Europe and Japan are getting more aggressive while the Fed moves in the opposite direction, says the chief investment strategist for BlackRock.
    • Implications: 1) Global interest rates are likely to stay low even as the Fed pulls back; 2) The dollar (UUP, UDN) is likely to strengthen; 3) ECB and BOJ liquidity, while maybe providing a boost to U.S. stocks, is almost certainly going to add a big lift to European and Japanese equities, and U.S. investors should consider boosting holdings of both.
    • Japan equity ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, JPNL, ITF, JPP, JPNS, HEWJ, FJP
    • Broad European equity ETFs: VGK, FEZ, IEV, EPV, HEDJ, EZU, FEU, FEP, UPV, ADRU, FEEU, EURL, EURZ, FIEU, DBEU
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  • Jun. 9, 2014, 3:42 AM
    • Asian stocks hit their highest levels in nearly three years today, after the Dow and S&P 500 ended at new records on Friday. The Nikkei stock average is up by over 0.3%, and MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS is also up about 0.3%, after reaching its highest levels since July 2011.
    • Other data today has shown Japan's economy growing 1.6% in January-March from the previous quarter, which revised preliminary data showing 1.5% growth.
    • The yuan rose after the People's Bank of China unexpectedly fixed its daily midpoint higher against the dollar for the second straight session, leading to an additional rise in other Asian currencies.
    • ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, FXY, YCS, DFJ, JYN, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, YCL, SCJ, JPNL, DXJS, JSC, ITF, JPP, JPNS, HEWJ, FJP, DXJR, DXJT, DXJH, DXJC, DXJF
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The iShares S&P/TOPIX 150 Index Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Japanese equity market as represented by the Standard & Poor's/Tokyo Stock Price Index (TOPIX) 150 Index.
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