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The USD/JPY  dropped sharply  early in the week, but recovered most of these losses. The pair closed  just  above the 98 line, at 98.12. This week is fairly quiet, highlighted by the BOJ Monetary Policy Statement. Here’s an outlook for the Japanese events and an updated technical analysis for USD/JPY.

The yen got  a boost as  Japanese inflation numbers met expectations.  In the US, manufacturing and housing numbers were weak, but GDP and employment numbers were solid.

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USD/JPY daily chart with support and resistance lines on it. Click to enlarge:USD JPY Outlook Sep. 2-6th

  1. Capital Spending: Sunday, 23:50. This indicator measures the value of new capital spending by businesses, and its release every quarter magnifies its impact. The indicator has posted declines over the past two quarters and the downward trend is expected to continue, with an estimate of a -2% decline for  Q2.
  2. Monetary Base: Monday, 23:50. Monetary Base continues to rise, although the past two releases have fallen short of their estimates. The markets are expecting another rise in the indicator, with the estimate standing at 41.3%.
  3. Average Cash Earnings: Tuesday, 1:30. Average Cash Earnings is an important gauge of consumer spending, which is a critical component of economic growth. The indicator rose just 0.1% in the previous release, but the markets are expecting a sharp gain of 0.8% in the August release.
  4. 10-year Bond Auction: Tuesday, 3:45. Yields on 10-year bonds have not shown much movement in recent releases, with the average yield  for the previous release coming in at 0.80%. No substantial change is expected in the yield of the upcoming auction.
  5. BOJ Monetary Policy Statement: Thursday, Tentative. This is the key event of the week. The monetary policy statement contains the outcome of the BOJ’s decision on interest rates and may offer clues as to future monetary policy. A press conference will follow.
  6. BOJ Monthly Report: Friday, 5:00. The monthly report contains an analysis of current and future economic conditions, but is a minor release and is unlikely to have a strong impact on USD/JPY.

USD/JPY Technical Analysis

USD/JPY  started the week at 98.72. The pair  touched a high of 98.84, but then dropped sharply to 96.82.  The pair then recovered, closing the week at 98.12 as support at 97.80 (discussed last week) remains intact.
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Technical lines from top to bottom

We start with resistance at the round number of 104. This line was a key line in May 2008. At that time, USD/JPY was in the midst of a rally which saw the pair climb as high as 110.

102.50 was an important resistance line  in late May but has been quiet since that time.

101.44 was the post-crisis high seen in April 2009, and has not been tested since mid-July. 100.85 was busy in July as the dollar pushed above the 100 level.

The significant 100 level  saw a lot of activity in July. With the pair losing some ground, this line has some breathing room.

98.90  was breached last week but remained intact at week’s end as a resistance line.  It could be tested by the pair early in the week.

97.80  is providing support to USD/JPY. This line was  quite busy  in June and in late July and held firm this week as the pair dropped sharply.

96.71  is the next support line. This is followed by the  round number of 95, a psychologically significant  line. It continues to provide support and  was last tested in mid-June.

93.79 marked the low point of  a rally  by the dollar which started in mid-June and saw the  pair climb to the mid-101 range in July.

92.86 saw action in early  March and again in early April. The latter date marked the low point of a  dollar rally which saw USD/JPY climb very close to the 100 level.

I  am  bullish on USD/JPY

The markets continue to speculate that the Federal Reserve could pull the trigger on QE tapering as early as September, and  such talk  is bullish for the dollar. Japanese inflation indicators were solid last week, indicating that the Japanese economy is responding to Abenomics. Analysts will be paying close attention as the BOJ releases a policy statement late in the week, and this event could be the market-mover of the week.

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