USD/JPY flat-lined above mid-113.00s, eyes US retail sales data for some impetus
The USD regains positive traction and helps reverse an early dip. Risk-off mood/sliding US bond yields kept a lid on further gains. Traders now eye US monthly retail sales data for some impetus.
1. Technical Overview
The USD/JPY pair 4 hours chart shows that the price continues developing well above its 100 and 200 SMA which run parallel around 113.20. The Momentum indicator continued retreating, rather signaling the lack of follow-through that suggesting an upcoming slide, while the RSI indicator consolidates around 59, all of which maintains the downward limited. To the upside, a recovery past 114.00 could send the pair up to the 114.40/50 price zone.
Support levels: 113.30 112.90 112.55
Resistance levels: 113.70 114.00 114.40
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2. Fundamental Overview
The USD/JPY pair reversed an early European session dip to 113.55 area and is currently placed at the higher end of its daily trading range ahead of the US monthly retail sales.
The US Dollar stood tall near 18-month tops, around mid-97.00s, and was seen as one of the key factors driving the pair higher, albeit a combination of negative forces kept a lid on any runaway rally.
Fears of slowing global growth reemerged on Friday following the disappointing release of Chinese macro data and dismal Euro-zone PMI prints for December and dampened investors' appetite for riskier assets.
The risk-off mood was evident from a sea of red across global equity markets, further reinforced by the ongoing slide in the US Treasury bond yields, and underpinned the Japanese Yen's safe-haven demand.
Adding to this, uncertainty over the Fed's rate hike path in 2019, especially after the US President Donald Trump latest criticism on Thursday further collaborated towards capping gains.
Next in focus will be the US economic docket, featuring the release of the monthly retail sales data, which will be looked upon for some fresh trading impetus on the last trading day of the week.
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3. Latest News & Analysis
Influential Institutions & People for the USD/JPY
The US Dollar Japanese Yen can be seriously affected by news or the decisions taken by two main central banks:
The Bank of Japan is the central bank of Japan and it's a juridical person established based on the Bank of Japan Act, nor being a government agency either a private corporation. The most important missions of the BOJ are the following: to issue and manage banknotes, to implement monetary policy and to ensure stability of the financial system. Almost all of the decisions are taken by the Policy Board, formed by a bunch of members working to provide currency and monetary control and setting the next moves that the central bank will take.
On the other
Haruhiko Kuroda was nominated, by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as Governor of the Bank of Japan in March 2013. He had previously worked as President of the Asian Development Bank for 8 years. As the head of the BOJ, he has a major influence over the Japanese Yen. His words are usually followed by traders in order to find any clue of next possible trend in the currency.
Janet L. Yellen (born August 13, 1946) took office as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Fed) on February 3, 2014, for a four-year term ending February 3, 2018. She had already previously served as a Vice Chair from 2010 to 2014. This American economist also serves as Chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the System's principal monetary policymaking body. Her declarations are also an important source of volatility, especially for the US Dollar and the currencies traded against it.
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The USD/JPY (or US Dollar Japanese Yen) currency pair belongs to the group of 'Majors', a way to mention the most important pairs in the world. This group also includes the following currency pairs: EUR/USD, GBP/USD, AUD/USD, USD/CHF, NZD/USD and USD/CAD. Japanese Yen has a low interest rate and is normally used in carry trades. This is the reason why is one of the most trades currencies worldwide. In this pair the US Dollar is the base currency and the Japanese Yen is the counter currency. The pair represents American (from United States of America) and Japanese economies.
Trading this currency pair is also known as trading the "ninja" or the "gopher", although this last name is more frequently used when reffered to the GBP/JPY currency pair. The US Dollar Japanese Yen usually has a positive correlation with the following two pairs: USD/CHF and USD/CAD. The nature of this correlation is dued to the fact that both currency pairs also use the US Dollar as the base currency. The value of the pair tends to be affected when the two main central banks of each country, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) and the Federal Reserve Bank (Fed), face serious interest rate differential.
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The GBP/USD (or Pound Dollar) currency pair belongs to the group of 'Majors', a way to mention the most important pairs worldwide. This group also includes the following currency pairs: EUR/USD, USD/JPY, AUD/USD, USD/CHF, NZD/USD and USD/CAD. The pair is also called 'The Cable', reffering to the first Transatlantic cable that was crossing the Atlantic Ocean in order to connect Great Britain with the United States of America. This term was originated in the mid-19th century and it makes GBP/USD one of the oldest currency pairs in the world.
The popularity of the Pound Dollar is due to the fact that represents two strong economies: British and American (from United States of America). The Cable is a widely observed and traded currency pair where the Pound is the base currency and the US Dollar is the counter currency. After the result of the Brexit referendum, where the majority of the British voted to abandon the European Union, GBP/USD has been suffering some turbulence in the Forex market as a consequence of the associated risks of leaving the single market.
The EUR/USD (or Euro Dollar) currency pair is one of the 'Majors', or most important pairs in the world. This group also includes GBP/USD, USD/JPY, AUD/USD, USD/CHF, NZD/USD and USD/CAD. The Euro Dollar gathers two main economies: the European and American (from United States of America) ones. This is a widely traded currency pair where the Euro is the base currency and the US Dollar is the counter currency. Since this pair consists of more than half of all the trading volume worldwide in the Forex Market, it is almost impossible for a gap to appear.
Normally, the EUR/USD is very quiet during the Asian session because economic data that affects the fundamentals of those currencies is released in either the European or U.S. session. Once traders in Europe get to their desks a flurry of activity hits the tape as they start filling customer orders and jockey for positions. At noon activity slows down as traders step out for lunch and then picks back up again as the U.S. comes online.