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USDJPY Weekly Technical Perspective: Technical Signals Mixed After Failed Breakout Follow-Through

USDJPY Weekly Technical Perspective: Technical Signals Mixed After Failed Breakout Follow-Through

Peter Hanks, Strategist
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Technical Forecast for the Japanese Yen: Mixed

Talking Points:

  • USDJPY posted a slight loss this week, influenced by fundamental desire for a safe haven
  • Sentiment remains mixed, with 56% long and 44% short
  • The pair traded above 111.50, the 50% fib level, briefly this week before fundamentals altered price action

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Last week, when we discussed the technical perspective of the dollar-yen the pair looked primed to stage a climb higher. Breaking out of a downward trend, the dollar pressed higher on Tuesday and Wednesday with multiple layers of support beneath. Unfortunately for traders who were long, the pair seems to have been overcome with fundamental news and the trek higher was retraced Thursday. Still, the pair remains above support levels highlighted in previous articles offering a slight bullish bias. However, the bias is unlikely to act as actionable evidence in a trade.

USD/JPY Price 60-Minute Time Frame, July 2018 - Present

Thursday offered the most significant move for the pair as the yen traded higher, retracing the gains posted by the dollar early in the week. Still, the pair traded slightly below 111 late Friday and looked poised to close well above the lows from last week. Early this week, the 111 level lent some support to the dollar. Friday’s close will be an important indication of where the pair is likely to head Monday. Should it close above 111, a race back to test 111.50 would be likely as bulls seek to continue the larger uptrend from April.

Furthermore, the pair closed above the 50% fib level at 111.50 on Wednesday. A close at this level suggests bulls were firmly in control until Thursday’s developments.

USD/JPY Price Chart 24-Hour Time Frame, April – Present

It could be argued the current levels are part of a larger pull-back before pressing higher from the breakout, but mixed sentiment and fundamental themes muddy any attempt at making a solid technical conclusion. For this reason, the technical perspective for the dollar yen is mixed and the close on Friday should be watched for insight on next week’s open.

Other Weekly Technical Forecasts:

Australian Dollar Forecast: AUD/USD Downtrend Resumes, Eyes Mid-2016 Lows as Momentum Fades

Euro Forecast: Euro Holds Monthly Support But Deeper Losses Likely Ahead

US Dollar Forecast: Dollar May Find Better Traction as Liquidity Fills Out in September

Equity Forecast: DAX Eyes July Lows, Dow Jones Trend Remains Up

DailyFX forecasts on a variety of currencies such as the US Dollar or the Yen are available from the DailyFX Trading Guides page. If you’re looking to improve your trading approach, check out Traits of Successful Traders. And if you’re looking for an introduction to the Forex market, check out our New to FX Guide.

--Written by Peter Hanks, Junior Analyst for

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