Japanese Stocks Surge By Most In 27 Months; JPY & JGBs Shrug

A miss for the trade balance (extending the slide into bigger and bigger deficits), positive 'revisions'  to rear-view mirror data on nominal GDP, a world of carry traders looking for a better exit point (or staring at margin calls), and more PR coverage of Abe's third arrow have created the perfect short-squeeze storm in Japanese stocks. While USDJPY managed to creep back above 98 (trading in a relatively modest 100 pip range), and JGBs rapidly recovered from early negative-correlated-to-equity-based losses to trade 1-2bps lower in yield, the broad Japanese equity market - TOPIX - is up almost 5%. This is it's best day since March 2011 and second-best day since Lehman. S&P futures are up a mere 2 points, Treasury futures are unchanged, and Gold is modestly higher. So simply put, Japanese stocks are on their own tonight in a land of Abe(g)nomics as every other asset (risk-on or risk-off) sits idly by.

 

Oops on the trade balance...

 

but that doesn't matter... but notice that each time realized volatility has exploded like this, the market has continued it downward trajectory - one reason is simply the VaR shock we have discussed in depth as risk budgets (or the margin hikes we have seen) force position reduction...

These large bounces are not unprecedented in this downturn - we have seen three ~30% retracements now...

 

Charts: Bloomberg