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USD/JPY Rally Eyeing Key Resistance Confluence Ahead of U.S. NFP

USD/JPY Rally Eyeing Key Resistance Confluence Ahead of U.S. NFP

Michael Boutros, Strategist

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USD/JPY 120min

USDJPY 120min Chart

Technical Outlook: A breach above the weekly opening range yesterday shifted the focus higher in USDJPY with the advance eyeing key near-term confluence resistance into 115.48. The pair has continued to respect these slope-lines which were derived from a pitchfork extending off the August & September lows. Heading into tomorrow’s U.S. Non-Farm Payrolls report, the immediate outlook remains constructive while above the weekly open which converges with former slope resistance at 112.75.

From a trading standpoint, the long-bias is at risk into this resistance confluence with a breach above August low at 116.08 needed to fuel the next leg higher targeting 118.10 and the 76.4% retracement at 119.43. Heading into the release I would be looking to fade strength into structural resistance with a pullback likely to offer more favorable long-entries. Near-term bullish invalidation rests with the weekly opening-range low / May high at 111.45- a break below this levels risks a more meaningful pullback with such a scenario targeting initial support targets at 107.76.

  • A summary of the DailyFX Speculative Sentiment Index (SSI) shows traders are net short USD/CAD- the ratio stands at -1.69 (37% of traders are long)- bullish reading
  • Long positions are 8.4% higher than yesterday and 3.2% below levels seen last week
  • Short positions are 1.7% lower than yesterday but 1.5% above levels seen last week
  • Market participation has continued to gather pace with open interest at 11.7% above its monthly average
  • While the current SSI profile remains constructive, it’s worth noting that the subtle shift in positioning towards the long-side suggests that the long-bias may be at risk heading near-term as price approaches confluence resistance with NFPs on tap tomorrow.

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---Written by Michael Boutros, Currency Strategist with DailyFX

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