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Yen Pairs Engaged in Countertrend Moves - Buy the Dip in GBP/JPY?

Yen Pairs Engaged in Countertrend Moves - Buy the Dip in GBP/JPY?

2013-12-11 11:00:00
Christopher Vecchio, CFA, Senior Strategist

Talking Points:

- No data of real significance out in Europe today.

- No data of real significance out in North America today.

- Key event risk arrives at 20:00 GMT with RBNZ Rate Decision.

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Intraday Price Perspective

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A scan of this morning’s best and worst performers via the Strong/Weak app shows that countertrend moves are afoot in the JPY-crosses as the Nikkei 225 has turned lower the past few days. The Yen’s rally has also been boosted by a decline in US Treasury yields. Nevertheless, when we see that today’s weakest performer is the GBPJPY, one cannot ignore the temptation to ‘buy the dip’ in context of longer-term price action.

Indeed, from the start of July through the end of last week, GBPJPY had appreciated the most among any major currency pairings, up by +10.36%. Although the pair was down by just over -0.10% at the time of writing, it was down nearly -1.20% from its weekly peak just above ¥170.00.

After having taken a look at GBPJPY from the long side on Friday (the entry remains approximately 100-pips below current price), it may be nearing the time to add in to this trade:


GBPJPY H4 Chart: November 29 to Present

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- The GBPJPY has hit a new yearly high at ¥170.05 earlier this week, but has been engaged in a descending channel since then.

- In the broader picture, GBPJPY remains in the steep uptrend relative to the November 13 and December 5 lows.

- RSI (21) on the H4 timeframe is steadying near 50, the demarcation for bullish/bearish momentum. It’s worth noting that the last time RSI (21) was below 50 (last Friday), price was over 100-pips lower.

- Price has traded back to the 50% retracement (red line) of the move from last week’s low (165.86) to this week’s high (170.05) at 167.94.

- The 50% retracement also coincides with the 100% extension of the correction off of the high (blue line), coming in at 167.97.

- A Doji forming on the H4 candle after another significant down bar could be a sign of weak hands capitulating; indeed, last week’s low culminated in one final wave of selling pressure.

- Price reestablishing itself above 168.50 would suggest the correction is over; a break below 167.55 (55-EMA on H4, uptrend support from November 13 and December 5 lows) would suggest a top may be in place.

Here’s the other data influencing and that will influence European FX price action today:


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There are no data on the British Pound economic calendar for Wednesday, December 11, 2013.


There are no data on the Swiss Franc economic calendar for Wednesday, December 11, 2013.

--- Written by Christopher Vecchio, Currency Analyst

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