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Near-term Setups in USD/JPY and AUD/JPY

Near-term Setups in USD/JPY and AUD/JPY

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Here's an update on a few of the trade setups we’ve been tracking this week. For a complete breakdown of these trades and more, review this week’s Strategy Webinar.

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USD/JPY Daily Price Chart

USD/JPY Daily Price Chart

Earlier this week we highlighted a breakout in the USD/JPY with the, “next major resistance target eyed at 113.20/30 where the 200-week moving average converges on the key 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of the late-2016 decline- look for a reaction there.”

Price registered a high today at 113.17 before reversing sharply with the pair poised to post an outside-day if we close at these levels. Note that daily RSI is also set to close below the 70-threshold for the first time this week. The near-term focus is lower against today’s high for now- intraday trading levels remain unchanged from this week’s USD/JPY Technical Outlook.

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AUD/JPY Daily Price Chart

AUD/JPY Daily Price Chart

Price is on course to post an outside-day reversal off slope / Fibonacci resistance at 83.70 with daily RSI failing to break the 60-threshold. Form a trading standpoint, the risk is lower while below the weekly open at 83.24 with initial support objectives eyed at the confluence of the 50-line / 100-day moving average at ~82.50 and the 61.8% retracement / July open at 82.00/04- look for a stronger reaction there for guidance.

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AUD/JPY Trader Positioning

AUD/JPY Trader Sentiment
  • A summary of IG Client Sentiment shows traders are net-long AUD/JPY- the ratio stands at +1.46 (59.3% of traders are long) – weak bearishreading
  • Traders have remained net-long since June 14th; price has moved 0.4% lower since then
  • Long positions are 0.9% lower than yesterday and 14.4% lower from last week
  • Short positions are 15.3% lower than yesterday and 14.8% higher from last week
  • We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests AUD/JPY prices may continue to fall. Traders are more net-long than yesterday but less net-long from last week andthe combination of current positioning and recent changes gives us a further mixed AUD/JPY trading bias from a sentiment standpoint.

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-Written by Michael Boutros, Currency Strategist with DailyFX

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