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Japanese Yen Talking Points

USD/JPY is back under pressure, with the exchange rate slipping to a fresh monthly-low of 112.76, and recent price action raises the risk for a larger correction in dollar-yen as the exchange rate continues to carve a series of lower highs.

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USD/JPY Continues to Carve Lower-Highs Despite Hawkish Fed Rhetoric

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USD/JPY struggles to hold its ground despite the limited reaction to the U.S. Producer Price Index (PPI), which showed the headline reading slipping to 2.6% from 2.8% per annum in August, but the broader outlook for dollar-yen remains supportive as Fed officials continue to prepare U.S. households and businesses for higher borrowing-costs.

Fresh remarks from New York Fed President John Williams, a permanent voting-member on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), suggest the central bank will stick to its hiking-cycle as ‘further gradual

increases in interest rates will best foster a sustained economic expansion and achievement of our dual mandate goals,’ and Chairman Jerome Powell & Co. may continue to strike a hawkish tone at the next interest rate decision on November 8 as ‘the U.S. economy is doing so well in terms of our goals.’

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In turn, Fed Fund Futures may continue to reflect expectations for another 25bp rate-hike at the next quarterly meeting in December, and the material shift in retail interest may continue to materialize over the coming days amid the pickup in market volatility.

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Keep in mind, the IG Client Sentiment Report shows only 38.3% of traders are net-long USD/JPY, with the ratio of traders short to long at 1.61 to 1. In fact, traders have remained net-short since September 13 when USD/JPY traded near the 111.20 region even though price has moved 1.9% higher since then.The number of traders net-long is 6.5% higher than yesterday and 10.9% higher from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 2.3% higher than yesterday and 7.6% lower from last week.

The skew in retail position provides a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, but recent price action warns of a larger pullback in USD/JPY as the exchange rate continues to carve a series of lower highs. Sign up and join DailyFX Currency Analyst David Song LIVE for an opportunity to discuss potential trade setups!

USD/JPY Daily Chart

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  • The broader outlook for USD/JPY remains constructive as the exchange rate finally marks a closing price action the 113.80 (23.6% expansion) to 114.30 (23.6% retracement) region, but the lack of momentum to test the November 2017-high (114.74) raises the risk for a larger pullback.
  • As a result, the 112.40 (61.8% retracement) to 113.00 (38.2% expansion) region still sits on the radar, with a break/close below the stated region raising the risk for a move towards 111.10 (61.8% expansion) to 111.80 (23.6% expansion).

For more in-depth analysis, check out the Q4 Forecast for the Japanese Yen

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--- Written by David Song, Currency Analyst

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