Japan’s Stock Market Boosted by Fed But Capped by Economy

A fresh bout of yen weakness is set to fuel further gains in Japanese stocks, but the economy’s wobbly recovery may limit the upside, say strategists.

The yen weakened to a fresh six-year low of 108.39 against the U.S. dollar late Wednesday after the Federal Reserve’s guidance on interest rates sent the dollar higher. This provided fresh impetus for Japanese stocks, sending the Nikkei 225 up over 1 percent to 16,051 on Thursday.

“The Nikkei has been struggling to get back to January highs of 16,320, but with this new development on the U.S. dollar front, we would expect the Nikkei to test that level in the next few weeks,” Stan Shamu, strategist at IG told CNBC. “I expect any dips in the index will be bought into.”

The inverse relationship between the Nikkei and the yen is one of the foreign exchange market’s long-established trends. In the first half of the year, investors faced a stronger yen, fueled by risk aversion amid geopolitical tensions and economic concerns.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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