Many of you may know the old saying, “what goes up must come down.” Well, the Nikkei 225 Index (Japanese stock index) has been soaring higher as of late. The catalyst for the recent rally in the Nikkei 225 Index has once again been caused by money printing and the promise of more of it by the Japanese government. The Japanese Yen (Japan’s currency) has been plummeting against most other major currencies including the U.S. Dollar, and the Euro. A falling yen will usually help to increase help exports. At this time, it seems that most central banks around the world are taking a page out the Federal Reserve’s (U.S. central bank) book. They are all trying to inflate there way out of the deflationary pressures that have been plaguing most major economies in 2008.
This time around, the Japanese government is printing money like never before, inflating the Nikkei 225 Index from a low 8619.45 made on November 13, 2012 to a high of 10,952.31 made on January 15, 2012. Please understand, the Nikkei 225 Index has gained more than 2300.0 points in roughly two months.
This type of stock market move is unsustainable for any stock or index. A good rule of thumb is to simply look at a stock chart from the last pivot low to the high. If the the move on the chart is steeper than 60.0 degrees from low to high than it is usually unsustainable and will will pullback sharply. Last night, the Nikkei 225 Index sold off by more than 1.50 percent. While this is a large one day decline, the market can certainly decline much further. A pullback in the Nikkei 225 Index down to toward the 9600.00 level would be a natural correction from its recent surge.
Many of the leading Japanese ADR’s such as Toyota Motor Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:TM), Canon Inc. (ADR) (NYSE:CAJ), Honda Motor Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:HMC), and Sony Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) have recently soared higher along Nikkei 225 Index. This tells us that if the Japan stock market pulls back, the Japanese ADR’s could pullback as well. So traders should now prepare for a pullback in many of the Japanese stocks that are traded here in the United States. Traders can also follow and trade the Nikkei 225 Index by using the iShares MSCI Japan Index (ETF) (NYSEARCA:EWJ).