Japanese Yen (USD/JPY) Outlook – The Battle With Technical Support Resumes
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USD/JPY Price and Chart Analysis
- USD/JPY is back below 135.00 with little near-term support.
- A confirmed break of USD/JPY 133.62 opens the way to 130.43.
Today’s FOMC policy decision and updated economic projections look set to steer the US dollar, and a range of FX pairs, going into the Christmas break and beyond. The US dollar has weakened over the last two months and one pair that has been noticeably driven by the USD/JPY is now under renewed pressure. Technical indicators are also coming into play.
The US dollar has lost around 10% of its value against the Japanese Yen in the last two months and is now probing a fresh multi-month low. The move lower, driven primarily by the greenback, has seen the pair test the 200-day moving average once again, and a confirmed break below could add further downside pressure. I
The daily USD/JPY chart looks weak and further losses look likely. A break below the 200-dma leaves the 133.63 recent swing-low vulnerable and a close and open below this level would suggest that 130.40 is the next area of support for the pair. Below here, 126.42 comes into view. Resistance on either side of 138.00 has held recently and is likely to hold any fresh attempt.
USD/JPY Daily Price Chart – December 14, 2022
Chart via TradingView
Retail Trader Sentiment is Mixed
Retail trader data show 43.04% of traders are net-long with the ratio of traders short to long at 1.32 to 1.The number of traders net-long is 6.02% higher than yesterday and 6.30% lower from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 7.23% lower than yesterday and 4.20% higher from last week.
We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-short suggests that USD/JPY prices may continue to rise. Positioning is less net-short than yesterday but more net-short from last week. The combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a further mixed USD/JPY trading bias.
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