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USD/JPY  plunged about 250 points last week as the pair closed at 121.92. This marked  the pair’s  lowest weekly close since mid-May.  The upcoming  week has just four events.  Here is an outlook on the major events moving the yen and an updated technical analysis for USD/JPY.

The Fed minutes  did not remove  market  uncertainty  about the timing of a rate hike, as the Fed is clearly hesitant about raising rates in September. This helped the yen post strong gains against the US dollar. Japanese Preliminary GDP contracted in Q2, but managed to meet expectations.

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USD/JPY graph with support and resistance lines on it:

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  1. SPPI: Tuesday, 23:50. This minor index measures the change in corporate inflation. The indicator dipped to 0.4% in June, shy of the forecast of 0.6%. The forecast for the June report stands at 0.6%.
  2. Household Spending:  Thursday, 23:30. Household Spending is an important indicator of consumer spending, which is a critical component of economic growth. The indicator  had a dismal  June, with a sharp decline of 2.0%.  This was well off  the estimate of a 2.0% gain. The markets are expecting the indicator to bounce back in July,  with a forecast  of +0.9%.
  3. Tokyo Core CPI: Thursday, 23:30. This is the most important Japanese inflation index, and should be treated as a market-mover. The index continues to post weak numbers, and dropped 0.1% in July. The markets are expecting another decline of 0.1% in the August report.
  4. Retail Sales: Thursday, 23:50. Retail Sales is the primary gauge of consumer spending, and an unexpected reading can have an immediate effect on the movement of USD/JPY. The indicator softened in June with a gain of 0.9%,  but  this was within expectations. The markets are expecting a strong  gain of 1.1% in the  July report.

* All times are GMT

USD/JPY Technical Analysis

USD/JPY  opened the week at 124.36 and quickly climbed to a high of 124.57.  It was all downhill from there, as the pair posted sharp losses, dropping to a low of 1.2180,  breaking support  at 1.2201 (discussed last week). USD/JPY closed the week  at  1.2192.

Live chart of USD/JPY: [do action=”tradingviews” pair=”USDJPY” interval=”60″/]

Technical lines from top to bottom:

With the yen posting strong gains, we begin at lower levels:

126.59 has remained intact since May 2002.

125.86  continues to be a strong resistance line.

124.16  was easily breached last week and has switched to a resistance role.

123.18 is next.

122.01 was breached and is currently a weak resistance line.

121.39 is an immediate support level.

120.65  is  protecting the  symbolic 120 level.

119.65 was  a key support  line in April.

118.68 is the next support line.

117.44 is the final support level for now. This line has held since February.

I am  bullish on USD/JPY

The yen posted excellent gains last week, as the US dollar had a surprisingly poor week against the yen. Will we see a correction from the pair this week? Strong housing and manufacturing US numbers late  last week could  boost the greenback against the  yen.

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