Japanese Stocks on Fire as Nikkei Surges 9.2% This Week

japanAs the Japanese markets closed on Friday, the benchmark Nikkei 225 closed out the week with a blistering 9.2% gain.

The Nikkei added 111.96 points during the Friday session, up 0.68%. For the week, it surged over 1,400 points to close at 16,497.85.

Much of Japan’s recent rally is due to economic stimulus measures under consideration by Japanese regulators. So-called “helicopter” tactics where the government would print yen and inject it into every asset class imaginable just might happen, as Japan recently hosted our very own Ben Bernanke to discuss such items.

Further easing and interest rate cuts would be a boon for equities, and investors and traders are looking to get ahead of the news before it’s officially announced. The Bank of Japan’s latest meeting ends on July 29.

Invest in Japan with EWJ

Just about the only way for U.S. investors (or any investors outside of Japan) to buy Japanese stocks is by using ETFs. The most popular option is the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSE:EWJ), which tracks the prices of large- and mid-cap Japanese stocks.

Among the biggest holdings of EWJ are Toyota, Mitsubishi, Softbank, NTT Docomo, and more. For a full list of EWJ’s holdings, click here.

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