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USD/JPY Consolidation or Topping?

USD/JPY Consolidation or Topping?

Kristian Kerr, Sr. Currency Strategist

Talking Points

  • USD/JPY at a crossroads
  • Reaction around 121.00 should prove important

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There are a couple of ways to looks at the price action in USD/JPY over the past few weeks. The first is just as a modest correction to the primary trend. Supporting this view is the fact that the exchange rate did make a new multi-year high last month and no real big levels of support have been breached since the corrective process started. In this view USD/JPY is just biding time before the next push higher. The alternative view is that USD/JPY effectively failed in March where it did in December leaving a potential double top on the charts. The other potential negative here is that the action since mid-February can be interpreted as a potential head & shoulders top. A failure somewhere between 120.50 and 121.00 would finish the right shoulder and set the stage for a much deeper correction against the trend. A foothold over 121.00 would suggest the USD uptrend is resuming.

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USD/JPY Daily Chart: April 10, 2015

USD/JPY Consolidation or Topping?

Charts Created using Marketscope – Prepared by Kristian Kerr

Key Event Risk in the Week Ahead:

USD/JPY Consolidation or Topping?


Resistance: 120.60 (Gann), 120.90 (Gann)

Support: 120.20 (Fibonacci), 119.80 (Gann)

Strategy: Sell USD/JPY

Entry: Sell USD/JPY at 120.60

Stop: Daily close above 120.90

Target: Open

--- Written by Kristian Kerr, Senior Currency Strategist for

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