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Yen Gets Boost from Tariff Talk as Risk Appetite Drops Ahead of NFP

Yen Gets Boost from Tariff Talk as Risk Appetite Drops Ahead of NFP

2018-05-31 14:00:00
Tyler Yell, CMT, Currency Strategist
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USD/JPY Rate Forecast Talking Points:

  • The ONE Thing: JPY strength may continue to take US Dollar lower as tariff talk heats up. Adding to the troubling tariff news for an export-dependent economy like Japan, Thursday saw an initial industrial output miss adding to the trend of economic data point disappointments since October.
  • Insight from the options market shows investors are paying a premium to protect against further USD/JPY downside relative to the upside.
  • USD/JPY Price Forecast:Continuing in a bearish short-term trend with a focus on the 55-DMA at 108.15 and at 61.8% of the recent two-month advance at 107.21. Resistance is found at the 21-DMA at 109.69.
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Rising trade tensions are weighing on risk appetite and as a consequence is lifting the Yen. The rise of the Japanese Yen has played out in a similar fashion as the VIX showing that risk aversion is indeed driving the USD/JPY cross lower.

Short-term resistance can be found at the 21-DMA at the 109.69, and any positive surprise on Friday’s Non-Farm Payroll could lead to the test of that level. Data from the US on Thursday like consumer spending was supporting of an economy with higher consumer confidence that comes from an increasingly healthy employment market. At the same time, Japan’s industrial data on Thursday missed expectations alongside news that Japan is concerned about global trade after the US’ latest round of auto tariffs.

See what we see when looking at the Japanese Yen. Check out our new Q2 Yen Forecast here.

USDJPY Chart: Bearish Focus Sees The Price Closing In On Fibo Target

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Chart Source: IG UK Price Feed. Created by Tyler Yell, CMT

Technically Speaking on USD/JPY:

Resistance: 109.69 – 21-DMA

Spot: 108.44

Support: 108.15-107.22 (55-DMA & 61.8% retracement of March-May range)

Almost on cue after Jeremy Wagner, CEWA-M gave traders a heads up, JPY began to strengthen. USD/JPY now looks to be moving lower toward support at the 55-DMA & 61.8% retracement of the February to April range at 107.22.

Traders who utilize Ichimoku on a short-term hourly chart will also see that USD/JPY has held a bearish bias from a trend and momentum perspective since May 21 when the move lower started.

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---Written by Tyler Yell, CMT

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