Forex Analysis: USD/JPY Forms Bullish Pattern Consolidation within Strong


USD/JPY Daily Chart

USD/JPY (daily chart) as of February 20, 2013 has formed a bullish pennant/triangle pattern in the midst of a strong, continued uptrend. This consolidation pattern occurs after price hit its 33-month high of 94.44 early last week. The bullish chart pattern that has been formed since then is a common pullback formation with converging borders. The key event to watch for with these types of potential bullish continuation patterns would be a breakout above the upper border, in which case the upside price objective would reside first around the 95.00 resistance level, and then towards 98.00 resistance. Further to the upside, an extension of the height of the pennant’s flagpole on a potential pattern breakout resides in the vicinity of the 100.00 price region. Downside support within the steep and continuing uptrend resides around the 92.00 price level, which is around a key 38.2% Fibonacci retracement of the last major bullish run.

James Chen, CMT
Chief Technical Strategist
City Index Group

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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.