Dollar/yen initially found some stability after turbulent times. Yet after the initial trading in the middle of the range, the pair fell as the war of words between North Korea’s Kim and Donald Trump escalated.
USD/JPY fundamental movers
Messy week in the US
Fewer US economic indicators and the president’s vacation meant some more stability in markets. The greenback extended the NFP gains thanks to an upbeat JOLTs report. However, the poor PPI data already hurt the greenback.
The Japanese yen took advantage of the “fire and fury”. The yen is a safe haven and the flows continue coming in even if the trouble is quite close to Japan’s shores.
Retail sales, consumer confidence and the minutes
In terms of data, the focus is on the US consumer, which is key to the economy. Retail sales disappointed last time and so did confidence. Will this continue deeper into the summer? Perhaps more importantly, the Fed’s meeting minutes will shed some more light on the thinking of Yellen and her colleagues. The Fed decision was quite vague, to say the least. So, the minutes could provide further guidance.
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In Japan, we will get a top-tier figure for a change. Early in the week, Japan publishes its preliminary GDP report. Q1 was eventually quite disappointing, with a modest growth rate of 0.3%. Perhaps we will see a more robust number this time.
Key news updates for USD/JPYUpdates:
- Aug 18, 8:52: USD/JPY pressured on Barcelona terror, Trump trouble: A van ran into a large crowd in Barcelona’s famous Les Rambles avenue, killing 13 people and injuring many. As...
- Aug 17, 9:27: 3 reasons why the dollar is down: The US dollar had a strong start to the week, enjoying a happy Monday. Yet as we discussed, the dollar...
- Aug 15, 14:30: US retail sales beat expectations – USD surges: US retail sales finally shine: headline sales are up 0.6% in July, on top of a significant upwards revision for...
- Aug 15, 9:07: USD/JPY rises on North Korea calm, US infrastructure hope: Dollar/yen is enjoying significant gains for the second day in a row. The summer lull must have skipped the pair,...
- Aug 14, 15:40: JPY: Why NK Risk-Driven Price-Action Is Different? Why 108s: Dollar/yen enjoyed a relief from North Korean tensions and moved higher, despite an excellent GDP report from Japan. What’s next?...
- Aug 14, 12:12: Is black gold in the black? – MM #155: Oil is sometimes called “the black gold”, but it’s recent price range is far from being that precious. What’s next?...
- Aug 14, 8:52: USD/JPY shows us what really matters: Japan reported its preliminary GDP report for Q2, and it was great: 1% q/q growth rate, equivalent to around 4%...
USD/JPY Technical Analysis
115.35 is the next line of resistance in case the pair break the cycle high of 114.30 which remains critical resistance after capping the pair back in May. The break to 114.50 did not go very far.
113.50 was a temporary line of resistance on the way up in July. 113.70 was a separator of ranges in June.
112.20 used to be important in the past. It is closely followed by 111.80, which capped the pair in May.
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. Looking lower, we are back to levels seen in November, but the door is basically open to 105.
USD/JPY Daily Chart
I remain bearish on USD/JPY
The Fed is going nowhere fast. After the NFP-induced recovery, the pair could resume its downtrend. This holds up even if cooler heads prevail around North Korea, which is the more likely scenario. The yen could lose ground against the euro, but not so fast against the dollar.
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