|Bid||55.36 x 900|
|Ask||59.04 x 800|
|Day's Range||57.05 - 57.49|
|52 Week Range||52.60 - 66.05|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.85|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.48%|
The Bank of Japan has been propping up the Japanese equity market as part of its aggressive quantitative easing program, but the central bank has quietly pulled back support, potentially fueling greater volatility in the country-related exchange traded funds. The BOJ has been buying alternative index-based funds. The central bank has acquired Japan-listed ETFs that track the JPX-Nikkei 400 Index, which also serves as the underlying benchmark for JPN and JPXN.
The Japanese yen (JYN) returned to weakness against the US dollar as political uncertainty in the euro area fell at the end of the week that ended on June 1. The Japanese yen (FXY) closed the week at 109.55, falling 0.15% against the US dollar (UUP) for the week that ended on June 1. Many developments last week, including renewed tariffs from the US government, should have increased the demand for the yen due to its safe-haven characteristics, but investor indifference to these developments limited any gains.
Last week, the Japanese yen (JYN) managed its first weekly gain against the US dollar in nine weeks as global risk aversion increased in response to political and geopolitical uncertainties. The yen (FXY) closed the week at 109.39, rising 1.2% against the US dollar (UUP). The news about US President Donald Trump canceling the US–North Korea summit and political uncertainties in Europe increased the demand for safe-haven assets, including the yen.
Last week, the Japanese yen (JYN) depreciated against the US dollar for the eighth consecutive week as the dollar continued its upward surge. It was the best run for the dollar against the yen since October 2014. The primary reason for the yen’s weakness is the widening spread between the US and Japanese treasuries, which is being driven by strong US economic performance compared to Japan.