• U of Michigan confidence index reaches a 5-month low
  • US Dollar traders look to next week’s Fed meeting
  • USD/JPY declines following index disappointment

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A sharp decline in the University of Michigan Confidence Index sent the US Dollar 30 pips lower against the Japanese Yen. The consumer sentiment index set a 5 month low at 76.8 in September, lower than an expected 82.0 index result and down from 82.1 in August.

US data over the past few weeks has shown mixed results. The NFP changes expanded by 169 thousand in August, slightly disappointing expectations, and labor participation was reported at a 35 year low in August. However, the ISM manufacturing climbed to a two year high, while the ISM for services declined to a two year low. Market anticipation is building for next week’s Fed meeting, where majority of Bloomberg surveyed economists are expecting a taper of quantitative easing.

The US Dollar is trading around 99.30 against the Yen in Forex markets at the time of this writing. Support may be provided around 98.56, by the 38.2% retracement of the decline from the pair’s all time high to its all time low. Support for USD/JPY may be seen by the key 100.00 level.

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USDJPY Daily: September 13, 2013

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Chart created by Benjamin Spier using Marketscope 2.0

-- Written by Benjamin Spier, DailyFX Research. Feedback can be sent to instructor@dailyfx.com .