The internal elections in Japan’s ruling party are the main theme this week, among other events. Here’s an outlook for the Japanese events and an updated technical analysis for the falling USD/JPY.
USD/JPY daily chart with support and resistance lines marked. Click to enlarge:
There has been a lot of talk about an intervention to weaken the yen. Only a coordinated intervention can have a long term effect. Will it happen this week? Or will the talk continue? Let’s start:
- Revised Industrial Production: Published Tuesday, 4:30. Japanese industrial output showed a modest rise of 0.3% according to the initial release. This came after a drop of 1.1% drop in the previous month. The rise will probably be confirmed now.
- Leadership elections: Tuesday. The Japanese prime minister, Naoto Kan, has been in office only for a few months, and is now challenged by Ichiro Ozawa, a veteran politician. Mr. Ozawa raised the issue of the strong yen many times during his election campaign and put it high on the agenda. A victory by Ozawa means yet another prime minister for Japan, the third this year. Political uncertainty and the vow to fight the strong yen may hurt the yen. A victory by current PM Kan will boost the yen.
- Tertiary Industry Activity: Published Wednesday, 23:50. This services sector indicator is a good gauge for the Japaneses economy. The past two months shows a decline of 0.9% and 0.1%. A rise of 0.7% is expected this time.
- Masaaki Shirakawa talks: Begins speaking on Thursday, 6:00. The governor of the BOJ will speak at a conference in Tokyo and is likely to mention the high level of the yen. If he reiterates the words from previous appearances, the market will dismiss it. Only firmer talk can move the currency.
All times are GMT.
USD/JPY Technical Analysis
USD/JPY began the week by dropping lower, setting a fresh 15-year low at 83.34. It didn’t stay there too long and gradually climbed higher, to close at 84.16.
84.80, which was a support line in August and also a swing low in November, now serves a strong resistance line. Above this line, the next line that will cap the dollar in case of surge is the 86.30 line which was a support line twice in July.
Higher, 88 was a cushioned the pair in October, March and May. Higher, there are two lines close to each other – 89.15 was a resistance line in July and a support line in May, and 89.75, a weaker line, which provided support in March.
Downtrend channel – the recent descent of USD/JPY is characterized in an imperfect downtrend channel – the downtrend resistance was formed from the 89.15 line and continued with two perfect touches. The downtrend support that was formed earlier (in June) served as perfect support three times since then, but was also violated briefly once.
I am bullish on USD/JPY.
The talks about intervention are mounting – while they have proved fruitless up to now, there’s a chance of an intervention due to the depth this pair reached, and the internal political tensions that the currency is causing in Japan. Only a globally coordinated intervention will have a big long term impact.
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