May was a month to forget for those individuals who panicked when they were unable to handle the volatility of the Nikkei. For a larger percentage it was a month when they took some profit off the table in two of the worlds most crowded trades – long the Nikkei and short the Yen.
The last trading day of the month ended in a whimper for many investors with USD/JPY maintaining its correlation with the country’s main equity index. The market seems a tad uneasy to push the dollar much lower, what with supposed standing bids scattered around the ¥100.50 optioned related level and trailing all the way down to the ¥99 handle.
Week ending Japanese data (inflation and industrial output), on the whole, has been relatively good and for many individuals further proof that Abenomics is working. This has resulted in USD/JPY offers more difficult to find.
The Ministry of Finance money flow report week ended May 25th revealed that Japanese players continued to be a net seller of foreign bonds (net ¥1.173-trillion, volume remaining heavy, ¥5.229-trillion sales vs. ¥4.1057 trillion buy’s), and easily surpassing the previous week’s print (¥800.6-billion).
However fresh buying of foreign product still remains and evidence suggests that US treasuries have been the major recipient of Japanese flows (US’s trading at or above +2% has Tsy’s/JGB spread widening) while both OAT’s (French bonds) and BTP’s (Italian bonds) garnered some interest.
The data also suggests that retail investors continue to move out of maturing emerging markets (NZD and AUD) and are happy to reinvest in their own domestic equity market. Of note, foreign investors remain net buyers of Japanese stocks and this despite the plunges recorded in the past week.
- Indian Economic Growth Lowest in 10 Years
- Asian Stocks Not Enjoying the Month of May
- Nikkei Impact on Global Markets
- Japan’s Consumer Prices Drops for Sixth Straight Month
- Asia Growth Supports ‘Super Rich’ List
- Asian Stocks Rebound Higher
- Chinese Manufacturing Could Have Slowing Growth in May
- Japanese Net Sellers of Nikkei
- Japan Nikkei Index Drops Another 5 Percent
- Australia’s Ties to China Presently Hurting
- China Consumers Not Buying Enough Goods
- OECD: RBA Should Keep Rates Low
- Thai Central Bank Cuts Rate by 25 bps
- BoJ Kuroda Not Concerned with Japanese Stock Market Volatility
- IMF Warns China on Reforms and Credit Control
- OECD sees Japan Ending Deflation
- IMF Lowers Chinese Economy Growth Forecast
- Demand for JGB Falling Despite BOJ’s Purchases
- Singapore Seeking More Yuan Flows As China Internationalizes Currency
- Singapore Starts Its Dim Sum Offering
- BOJ’s Kuroda Supports Bullish Outlook
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