The nonfarm payroll report for October surprised the market and analysts by jumping to 171K in October, beating the consensus of a rise from 114K to 125K. The unemployment rate rose from 7.8% to 7.9% as expected by analysts. Average weekly hours were revised lower from 34.5 to 34.4 in September and remained at that figure in October, despite consensus of 34.5. The average hourly earnings didn't change on the month, instead of rising +0.2%, still lower than the previous rise of +0.3%.
“USD/JPY continues to look pretty bid intraday and we suspect a renewed attempt on 80.63/66 will be seen - this represents the June high and the 50% retracement, this is tough overhead resistance and we would expect this to provoke some profit taking”, wrote Commerzbank analyst Karen Jones, pointing to support at 79.25/10.