|Bid||87.94 x 2000|
|Ask||88.00 x 2000|
|Day's Range||89.14 - 89.29|
|52 Week Range||83.54 - 90.52|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.40%|
The Japanese yen (JYN) managed to hold on to its gains from the past two weeks despite the increase in risk appetite. The Japanese yen is considered a safe haven in times of market sell-offs and had seen increased demand during the recent market correction. The surprise was that the yen held on to its gains during the market rebound.
Is Volatility Set to Drop Further after Stock Market Rebound? The US Dollar Index, whose slide had been stalled in the past two weeks, saw losses as markets recovered last week. Better-than-expected inflation growth should have increased the demand for the US dollar, but the surprise reaction of equity markets was also seen in the forex markets with the US dollar sliding against the major currencies.
The Japanese yen (JYN), along with the US dollar, saw a sharp increase in demand as risk aversion gripped global markets. The yen is considered a safe haven in times of market sell-offs because of its current account surplus. In the week ended February 9, the yen (FXY) closed at 108.80 against the US dollar (UUP), appreciating by 1.2%. Japanese equity markets (EWJ) fell sharply, reacting to the global market sell-off, with the Nikkei 225 (JPXN) posting a loss of 8.1% in the week ended February 9.
The first market sell-off in two years has directed attention to inverse equities ETFs, which took first place in the list. Infrastructure ETFs are again in vogue after U.S. President Trump said he will focus his efforts on devising a spending package to fix the country’s crumbling bridges and airports. Amid an unassertive flight to safety, gold ETFs took third place in the list, while volatility was last. Aerospace & defense ETFs also trended, taking fourth position. Check out our previous trends edition at Trending: Netflix Hits $100 Billion Mark After Record-High New Subscribers.
The Japanese yen (JYN) retracted against the US dollar last week as US dollar bulls tried to take control. A hawkish Federal Reserve along with a strong jobs report and wage growth gave some reason for the dollar bulls to cheer, and that resulted in a decrease in demand for the Japanese yen. For the week ended February 2, the Japanese yen (FXY) closed at 110.16 against the US dollar (UUP), depreciating 1.3%.
The Japanese yen (JYN) was the only major currency that was unable to benefit from the weakness in the US dollar (UUP), although that trend changed during the week ended January 12. During the week, the yen (FXY) closed at 111.04 against the US dollar (UUP), compared to 113.08 in the week ended January 5, appreciating by 1.8%. The boost to the yen came from the US dollar’s weakness and the comments from Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda, who expressed confidence about the Japanese economy.
Speculation is rife that the trade tension between the U.S. and China will increase this year. First, the latest Blomberg report states that China may slow down, or even stop, the purchase of U.S. government bonds, citing that U.S. debt has become less attractive than other assets. Since China is the biggest buyer of U.S. sovereign bonds holding $1.2 trillion of U.S. debt, the action could lead to a broad sell-off in the equity markets.
The Japanese yen (JYN) is the only currency that is unable to capture the weakness in the US dollar (UUP). For the week ended January 5, 2018, the Japanese yen (FXY) closed at 113.09 against the US dollar (UUP) compared to 112.69 in the previous week, depreciating 0.35%. The Japanese markets were closed three days last week, and no economic data were reported.