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The Japanese yen enjoyed superb gains for a second straight  week, as USD/JPY dropped 370 points and touched 15-month lows. The pair closed the week at 113.22. The upcoming week has  five events. Here is an outlook on the major events moving the yen and an updated technical analysis for USD/JPY.

Weak oil prices and  mixed US numbers helped the yen continues to post impressive gains against the greenback. US employment numbers showed some improvement, but consumer confidence was weaker than expected.

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

USD_JPY Weekly Forecast-Feb-15-19.

  1. Preliminary GDP: Sunday, 23:50.    GDP releases are  among the most important indicators, and can have a significant impact on  the movement  of USD/JPY. Final GDP  for Q3  came in at 0.3%, ahead of the forecast of 0.1%. Preliminary GDP for Q4 stands at -0.3%.
  2. Revised Industrial Production: Monday, 4:30. This manufacturing indicator sagged in November, posting a decline of 0.9%. This surprised the markets, which had expected a gain of 1.4%.
  3. Core Machinery Orders: Tuesday, 23:50. This indicator slumped in November, with a sharp decrease of 14.4%. This was well below expectations and the indicator’s worse showing since May 2014.
  4. Trade Balance: Wednesday, 23:50. Japanese trade balance has improved for three straight months, and the December report showed a small surplus of 0.04 trillion yen. This was short of the estimate of 0.08 trillion.   The upward trend is expected to continue, with the January estimate standing at 0.06 trillion yen.
  5. All Industries Activity:  Friday, 4:30. This indicator is pointing to trouble in the Japanese  economy,  with three declines in  the past four  readings. The indicator posted a decline of 1.0% in the  November reading, and the estimate  for December stands at -0.3%.

* All times are GMT

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

USD/JPY Technical Analysis

USD/JPY opened the week at 116.95 and quickly touched a  high of 117.52.  It was all downhill from  there, as the pair  dropped all the way to 110.94,  before  moving to higher ground.  USD/JPY closed the week at 113.22, as 113.71 switched to resistance (discussed last week).

Technical lines from top to bottom:

With the pair posting  sharp losses  last week, we start at  lower levels:

116.90 supported dollar/yen early in 2015.

115.90 was an important cushion for most of 2015.

114.65 is next.

113.71 was an important resistance line in July 2005.

112.48 marked the start of a yen rally in January 2008, which saw USD/JPY drop below the 100 level.

110.68 represented a high point of a strong dollar rally in August 2008,  which started around the key 100 level.

108.58 is the final support line for now.

I am  neutral on USD/JPY

The tremendous yen rally  kept on strong  for a second straight week, as nervous investors  continued to  flock to the safe-haven yen in response to  ongoing global financial turbulence.  US fundamentals are still much better than those of Japan, and speculation about a Fed rate hike in March is bullish for the US dollar.

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