Dollar/yen finally made a move and it was down. A small surprise from the BOJ and USD weakness, now originating from China, were the main culprits. Will the pair fall even lower?
USD/JPY fundamental movers
Mini tantrum, Chinese worries
The Bank of Japan surprised with an experiment in the bond market, raising concerns that it is about to tighten. The BOJ has the loosest monetary policy in the developed world and any hint that it may taper bond buying causes jitters and strengthens the yen.
The US dollar suffered from a report that China may slow or totally halt buying US Treasuries. The greenback suffered and only partially recovered when China partially denied it.
Inflation in the US is not so impressive and this also weighs on the greenback.
Housing data, consumer sentiment
The upcoming week sees a double-feature of housing data from the US. Building permits and housing starts often offset each other but last month they both surprised to the upside, boosting the dollar. In addition, watch out for consumer sentiment late on Friday. In Japan, the PPI is worth noting, but it seems that only reports about the BOJ can move markets.
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USD/JPY Technical Analysis
115.35 is an old line that served as support when the pair traded on higher ground. 114.50 is the cycle high last seen in early July. The pair got close to that level.
113.70 was a separator of ranges in June and a line of resistance in December. It caps the range. 112.90 served as support in December and is a pivotal line in the range.
112.20 used to be important in the past. It is closely followed by 111.70, which provided support back in October. The round level of 111 worked as a cushion to the pair in November.
Looking down, 110.70 was a separator of ranges in June and remains important. 109.60 was a gap line in late April, a gap that was never closed.
In June, the pair found support several times at 109.10 and this also works as support. Further below, the cycle low of 108.10 is of high importance.
USD/JPY Daily Chart
I remain bearish on USD/JPY
The BOJ opened the bottle and the genie is out. But perhaps more importantly, expectations for the Fed’s tightening remain depressed. Will we see a break of 110?
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