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AUD/JPY Outlook Hinges on Break of Monthly Opening

AUD/JPY Outlook Hinges on Break of Monthly Opening

Michael Boutros, Strategist

AUD/JPY Daily Chart

AUD/JPY Price Chart - Daily Timeframe

Technical Outlook: AUD/JPY has set a well-defined monthly opening-range between key technical levels just below up-trend resistance. Prices have continued to respect confluence resistance at 89.03/16- a region defined by the 78.6% retracement of the September decline and the July 2015 low. Note that an outside-day reversal off this threshold yesterday does put a bearish tilt on the pair near-term. Support rests at 87.28/33 where the 38.2% retracement of the November advance converges on the 100-day moving average. The medium-term outlook hinges on a break of this key range between 87.28-89.16.

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AUD/JPY 240min Chart

AUD/JPY Price Chart - 240min Timeframe

Notes: A closer look at near-term price action further highlights the monthly opening-range with price now testing yearly open support at 87.88. A break lower shifts the focus back towards the lower bounds of the range at 87.28- note that while it’s too early to rely on this newly identified pitchfork, the median-line further confluence support at 87.28. A daily close below this threshold would suggest a larger correction is underway with such a scenario targeting 86.72 & key support at 86.00/16.

Interim resistance stands with the weekly open at 88.41 with our near-term bearish invalidation level at the upper parallel. A breach above the monthly highs keeps the broader long-bias in play targeting the 2011 high at 90.03, the 2017 high at 90.31 and 90.65/72. Bottom line: the risk of a more significant pullback mounts with a downside break of the monthly range– until then, we’ll favor the short-side while within this near-term formation targeting the range lows.

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AUD/JPY IG Client Sentiment

AUD/JPY IG Client Sentiment
  • A summary of IG Client Sentimentshows traders are net-short AUDJPY- the ratio stands at -2.27 (30.6% of traders are long) – bullishreading
  • Retail has remained net-short since Jan 16th; price is unchanged since then
  • The percentage of traders net-long is now its lowest since Jan9thwhen AUDJPY traded near 88.084
  • Long positions are 31.8% lower than yesterday and 20.8% lower from last week
  • Short positions are 17.1% higher than yesterday and 11.0% higher from last week
  • We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-short suggests AUDJPY prices may continue to rise. Traders are further net-short than yesterday and last week, and the combination of current positioning and recent changes gives us a stronger AUDJPY-bullish contrarian trading bias from a sentiment standpoint.

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