Japan Currency-Hedged ETFs Gain on Fed Speculation

Japan currency-hedged exchange traded funds are rebounding as rising speculation of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike sometime this year fueled a strengthening U.S. dollar and depressed the yen currency.

On Tuesday, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DXJ) gained 1.4%, iShares Currency Hedged MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: HEWJ) rose 1.2% and Deutsche X-trackers MSCI Japan Hedged Equity ETF (NYSEArca: DBJP) advanced 1.1%. The currency-hedged ETFs are outperforming non-hedged funds as the local currency depreciates against the U.S. dollar.

The non-hedged iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEArca: EWJ) was relatively flat Tuesday while the CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) fell 1.0% and dipped below its short-term, 50-day simple moving average. Meanwhile, the JPY depreciated against the USD, with the dollar now trading at ¥102.96.

A depreciating yen is supporting Japanese markets as a weaker currency bolsters the country’s large export industry.

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The U.S. dollar advanced for the fifth day against the yen, its longest winning streak since March, on speculation of a more hawkish Fed. USD gains were further supported by Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer, whom reiterate that the central bank could even hike rates next month.

“All of the concerns and worries were addressed in [Ms. Yellen’s] speech,” Alex Wijaya, a senior sales trader at CMC Markets, told the Wall Street Journal.