The Japanese index JP225 has faced some price rejection at the resistance point seen at 27938.8 during the Asian session today. The bears seemed to resist higher price movement at this level after three weeks of a strong bullish trend. The market eagerly awaits the release of monetary policy minutes from the BoJ to be released tomorrow, which will determine the next direction for this index.
The Japanese stock market has proved a safe haven for investors for a considerable period now, especially within the protracted period of an aggressive interest rate hike by the Fed reserve and ECB in the UK. The BoJ has left its interest rate untampered for the past six years.
Notwithstanding the growing concern over inflation, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) has maintained its key short-term interest rate at -0.1% for six consecutive years. 10-year bond yields had been fixed at 0% during the committee meeting earlier this month following an 8-1 vote count.
The committee had further cut its 2022 GDP growth forecast to 2.4% from the 2.9% forecast made earlier in April. They cited this decision as the slowdown in overseas economies and persistent supply chain issues due to the prolonged war in Ukraine.
In a broader perspective covering the Fiscal year (FY) 2023 and 2024, the committee uplifted its budget with a GDP expectation of 2.0% against the earlier projection of 1.9%.
Further, the BoJ raised its inflation forecast for the next quarter to 2.3% from the previous forecast of 1.9%. They were forced to take this decision because of the rising energy cost and other commodities, especially food and durable goods.
The BoJ embarking on Quantitative Easing (QE) by buying unlimited bonds to defend an implicit 0.25% cap every day has boosted the Japanese stock market up to the present moment. Hence the stock index JP225 has performed much better than other countries' stock indexes during the first and second quarters (Q1, Q2) of 2022.
The committee will be expected to provide more insight on how the economy will withstand the rising inflation without hiking the interest rate. Investors often paid great attention to the details of these minutes to determine how sustainable the economy could go in the long term by applying the recent dovish policy. A dovish stance had always favoured the Japanese stock and index market as more funds are pushed into the equity market by the BoJ through Quantitative Easing.
What stocks make up the JP225?
JP225, also known as NIKKEI 225, is one of the most valuable Japanese stocks index primarily traded by investors across the globe. This index comprises the top 225 blue-chip companies listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange. JP225 index is weighted according to the price of each stock, making up the list rather than referring to the market capitalization of the composite stocks as we find in SPX500 today. This means companies with just a few shares but have a high market price on the stock exchange market will make the list of this index irrespective of their market capitalization. Hence, we find the following: the major ten stocks making up the JP225 with their prices also stated.
- Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. - ¥79,920
- Tokyo Electron Ltd - ¥45,020
- Daikin Industries, Ltd. - ¥23,535
- FANUC Corporation - ¥22,040
- Shin-Etsu Chemical - ¥16,180
- Sony - ¥11,705
- Advantest Corporation - ¥7,500
- Kyocera Corporation - ¥7,432
- Meiji Holdings - ¥7,080
- Eisai - ¥6,043
The calculation of the JP225 index is provided daily by the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, the most prominent business newspaper in Japan.
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What is the primary factor that influences the JP225?
The JP225, as we have seen, is highly price-weighted. Hence, its performance is primarily influenced by the strength of the Japanese yen. A weak yen due to a high inflation rate increases the prices of all the stocks making up the JP225, while a strong yen will reduce their prices. Therefore, investors trading the JP225 should always pay great attention to the decisions of the monetary policy committee as their decisions largely influence the yen's performance, which affects the JP225 also.