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Forex Analysis: USD/JPY Hits New 32-Month High at 93.50

USD/JPY Daily Chart

USD/JPY (daily chart) as of February 5, 2013 has reached a new 32-month high at 93.50, which represents a full 21% increase in price from its September 2012 low of 77.12 at the beginning of the current bullish trend. This steep and rapid ascent of the past five months has shown little indication of relenting, as bearish pullbacks and corrections have been very few and far between. The last significant correction occurred two weeks ago on a pullback from the 90.00 level to key 88.00 support, but even that posed only a small obstacle to the exceptionally strong bullish trend.

After having broken out above its previous 92.00 target late last week, price has a potential upside objective around the 95.00 resistance level, with further upside potential around 98.00. Before those levels may be reached, though, the rapid extension of the current uptrend could likely see another pullback. Nearby support on this potential pullback now resides around the 92.00 level, with further downside support on any deeper correction around the 90.00 level.

James Chen, CMT
Chief Technical Strategist
City Index Group


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James Chen

James Chen

James Chen is Chief Technical Strategist for City Index Group. He is also a Chartered Market Technician. He is the author of the books: "Essentials of Foreign Exchange Trading" (John Wiley & Sons, 2009) and "Essentials of Technical Analysis for Financial Markets" (John Wiley & Sons, 2010). Mr. Chen writes currency analysis, leads forex trading seminars and has appeared in numerous major financial media outlets, including CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Forbes, Reuters, Dow Jones, and the Associated Press.