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USD/JPY Price Analysis: Yen Strength Pulls Back, But Door Remains Open

USD/JPY Price Analysis: Yen Strength Pulls Back, But Door Remains Open

Michael Boutros,
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The Japanese Yen is has been paring gains against the US Dollar since the start of the week with USD/JPY testing initial resistance today in early US trade. Here are the updated targets and invalidation levels that matter on the USD/JPY charts. Review this week’s Strategy Webinar for an in-depth breakdown of this setup and more.

USD/JPY Daily Price Chart

USD/JPY Daily Price Chart

Technical Outlook: In last month’s Technical Perspective on the Japanese Yen, we noted that price was testing, “yearly open resistance and could get some kickback but the focus remains weighted to the topside towards confluence resistance just above the 113-handle. From a trading standpoint, look to reduce long-exposure heading into this regions and be on the lookout for possible near-term exhaustion short-entries late in the month.”

USD/JPY registered a high at 113.18 just two days later before turning sharply lower with an RSI trigger break further validating the price reversal. Critical daily support rests at 109.80/91 where the 100 & 200-day moving averages converge on the 38.2% retracement of the March advance and pitchfork support.

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USD/JPY 240min Price Chart

USD/JPY 240min Price Chart

Notes: A closer look at USD/JPY price action highlights a near-term resistance at 111.13- IF prices are indeed heading lower, advances should be capped by 111.37 with support targets eyed at the weekly open at 110.45 backed by 109.80/91 and the 100% extension at 109.56. Ultimately a breach above the monthly open / 61.8% retracement at 112 would be needed to mark resumption of the broader up-trend.

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Bottom line: The threat remains for a larger correction off the yearly highs while below 111.37. From a trading standpoint, the focus remains on a drive lower towards key confluence support around 109.90s OR on a breach above 112 to shift the focus back to the long-side. Keep in mind we get the release of US Advanced Retail Sales tomorrow with University of Michigan confidence surveys on tap this Friday.

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USD/JPY Trader Sentiment

USD/JPY Trader Sentiment
  • A summary of IG Client Sentiment shows traders are net-long USD/JPY - the ratio stands at +1.29 (56.2% of traders are long) – weak bearish reading
  • Traders have remained net-long since July 23rd; price has moved 0.6% lower since then
  • Long positions are5.1% lower than yesterday and 14.5% lower from last week
  • Short positions are 2.5% higher than yesterday and 2.4% lower from last week
  • We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests USDJPY prices may continue to fall. Yet traders are less net-long than yesterday and compared with last week and the recent changes in positioning warn that the current USDJPY price trend may soon reverse higher despite the fact traders remain net-long.

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- Written by Michael Boutros, Currency Strategist with DailyFX

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