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USD/JPY Outlook: Yen Falters Today but Faces Stout Topside Resistance

USD/JPY Outlook: Yen Falters Today but Faces Stout Topside Resistance

Warren Venketas, Analyst

USD/JPY ANALYSIS

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The Bank of Japan (BoJ) yesterday announced that rates were to remain constant at -0.1%. This kept in line with the consensus view by economists and analysts alike. In addition, their stance remained extremely accommodative while persisting with its yield curve control program. With regard to imports and exports, there was a substantial trade surplus as imports declined significantly by 11.6%. These announcements had minimal overall effect on the Yen with only short-term price fluctuations apparent around the statements.

The last week has been relatively subdued in terms of price movement for the USD/JPY pair. The Yen continues to follow the longer-term downward trajectory as global factors dictate sustained Dollar weakness.

JPY EBS flow data:

JPY EBS flow data

Source: Refinitiv

The EBS flow data for the Yen shows sustained buying of USD/JPY throughout the week however, was temporarily interrupted by stimulus hopes after President Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. The U.S. remains as the main driver for the current pessimistic outlook on USD/JPY.

USD/JPY TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

USD/JPY Daily Chart:

USD/JPY daily chart

Chart prepared by Warren Venketas, IG

The long-term downward trend (dashed black line) continues to serve as a stubborn resistance level for the pair. Initial resistance still looms around the 104.00 psychological level.

The Relative Strength Index (RSI) may approach the 59 level which has provided a good indicator for maximum upside since July 2020. Although the index currently sits at 50 which is neither bullish nor bearish, the long-term bias remains heavily skewed to the downside.

Yen bulls will look for 103.00 in the medium-term while short-term bearish setups may be best served by waiting for further upside toward resistance before any execution takes place.

Key technical points to consider:

U.S. ECONOMIC DATA THE FOCUS FOR NEXT WEEK

U.S. announcements will provide most of the potential USD/JPY price volatility for next week. Several key economic indicator statistics will be revealed which could lead to large price swings depending on estimate deviations.

Economic calendar U.S.

Source: DailyFX Economic Calendar

IG CLIENT SENTIMENT SUPPORTIVE OF ADDITIONAL DOLLAR STRENGTH

IGCS shows retail traders are currently net long on USD/JPY, with 60% of traders currently holding long positions (as of this writing). At DailyFX we typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long is suggestive of a bearish bias on the pair.

--- Written by Warren Venketas for DailyFX.com

Contact and follow Warren on Twitter: @WVenketas

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