Yen Selloff Amid Janet Yellen Speech Pushes Toyota Down
The auto industry has been under pressure lately as the First Trust NASDAQ Global Auto Index Fund (NASDAQ: CARZ) has sold off roughly five percent since the early July highs of $41.60.
Friday's heavy morning selling in auto majors may be profit-taking, coupled with a strong sell off in Japanese yen futures.
Thursday was bullish for the autos, as Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) released a note outlining the overall strength in automotive lending. Morgan Stanley analysts found that credit quality is strong and, thanks to lenders demanding higher down payments, availability remains strong.
Major automakers are down Friday:
- Toyota Motors (NYSE: TM) down 1.5 percent
- Ford (NYSE: F) down 1.1 percent
- General Motors (NYSE: GM) down 0.84 percent
- Honda Motor (NYSE: HMC) down 1.04 percent
Most of the move can be attributed to Toyota's selloff, as the Japanese yen sells off the most in more than a year during of Fed Chair Yellen’s Jackson Hole speech Friday morning.
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