Japanese Yen Price Outlook – USD/JPY Cloudy Ahead of US-Russia Summit
USD/JPY Price, Chart, and Analysis
- Bank of Japan keeps monetary policy loose.
- The Yen’s safe-haven status may come under threat.
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A slow start to the week across a range of financial markets with US markets semi-closed for President’s Day, but risk assets are under pressure after news over the weekend that US President Biden and Russian President Putin will have talks this week over the Russia/Ukraine crisis. Markets have taken this as a positive sign, with risk assets picking up a bid, but these bids may be short-lived, especially with the amount of news/fake news swirling around the market of late.
The Japanese Yen weakened last week against a range of other currencies after the Bank of Japan kept monetary policy loose when the central bank reiterated that it would continue to buy 10-year JGBs to achieve its 2% inflation target. While other central banks are actively stopping and looking to reverse their pandemic bond-buying programs, the Bank of Japan remains on the bid for 10-year JGBs to defend its yield target. If the political premium is removed from the Yen, the USD/JPY could move turn around and move higher.
The daily chart shows the multi-month trend higher remains in place, propped up by a series of higher lows. This is in contrast to price action over the last 7-10 days which has produced a short-term series of lower highs. The pair are very close to initial support around 114.80, although this doesn’t look the strongest of support levels before 114.13 and 113.48 come into play. A continuation of the bullish move would see last week’s prior highs act as minor resistance levels all the way back up to 116.34. The CCI indicator suggests that the pair are becoming oversold.
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USD/JPY Daily Price Chart February 21, 2022
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