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USD/JPY Technical Analysis: How Trump Pumped USD/JPY Above 105

USD/JPY Technical Analysis: How Trump Pumped USD/JPY Above 105

Tyler Yell, CMT, Currency Strategist

Talking Points:

  • USD/JPY Technical Strategy: Another Volatile Rejection Near 101 Favors More Upside
  • Inflation Expectations Aggressively Higher Favoring USD/JPY Follows Suit
  • Gold Reversal Shows Dumping Of Haven Assets
  • MOF statements on “rough” FX moves indicate intervention being discussed

The U.S. 10-Year Treasury Curve has traded above 2% for the first time since January and U.S. Yields tend to be positively correlated to the price of USD/JPY. As the realization of a Trump Victory developed, JPY and Gold went bid after the MXN sold-off. However, a lot of that move has been reversed and could have been triggered on short-term options that were at record levels ahead of the election.

The Trump Rally that USD/JPY has been leading looks to have multiple support points. First, we head overnight as the JPY was strengthening that the Minister of Finance in Japan publicly stated the “rough” moves were being watched could indicate there was also some intervention.

Another key component is the one-day bear market in the VIX, which is supportive of risk-on. The VIX is lower on the day by nearly ~20% with a greater than 30% range. A strong drop in the VIX shows traders are more confident in stable-gains on the CBOE SPX contracts.

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The risk-off move unfolding will continue to keep an eye on the yields as we mentioned above, and the inflation expectations on the potential new policies by Donald Trump. The day’s range of ~430 pips shows a lot of hesitancy to hold a JPY long trade as the Yield Curve steepens in the U.S. as well as Gold reversing prior gains.

D1 USD/JPY Chart: Trump Rally May Be Led By USD/JPY As It Rises > 105

Chart Created by Tyler Yell, CMT, Courtesy of TradingView

USD/JPY has tested and aggressively pushed off of the 99/101 zone multiple times since the Brexit vote was confirmed on June 24. We’re now at the top of the range that sits at ~105. The next key level above today’s high 105.45 is the 200-DMA at 106.63 and the post-Brexit July high at 107.49.

Further pressure on these levels would likely be met with a rushin or fear of missing out a trade that could keep USD/JPY bid. Two indicators that have been helpful in addition to the zone of support of 99/101 is the Ichimoku Cloud and the Andrew’s Pitchfork channel tool.

The Ichimoku Cloud continues to support the price on a closing basis despite the sharp initial sell-off on Wednesday Morning of trading. Should the price continue to close above the Ichimoku Cloud, there is little reason to fight the potential for a strong base developing.

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Lastly, the Andrew’s Pitchfork Channel drawn off the extreme close on August 16 that registered an extreme for RSI(5) and pivots in September keeps focus higher. For now, Wednesday’s sharp move lower is being treated as part a bottoming process. This view would be validated on a break above the resistance levels mentioned above at 106.63/107.49.

Shorter-Term USD/JPY Technical Levels: November 9, 2016

For those interested in shorter-term levels of focus than the ones above, these levels signal important potential pivot levels over the next 48-hours.

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