USD/JPY breaks above 109.50 as US yields keep rising
Yen tumbles amid higher US yields. US Dollar gains momentum during the American session. The USD/JPY rose further and climbed to 109.56, reaching the highest level since May 3. The US dollar is having the best day in more than a month versus the yen and it heads toward the higher daily close in a month.
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The USD/JPY pair tested 109.00 on Tuesday but ended up closing the day in the red at 108.60. On Wednesday, the pair continues to move in a tight range despite the modest USD strength and was last seen gaining 0.1% on the day at 108.70.
Support levels: 108.30 107.90 107.50
Resistance levels: 108.85 109.25 109.70
The risk-averse market environment, as reflected by the sharp declines seen in global major equity indexes, provided a boost to the safe-haven JPY on Tuesday. At the moment, European stocks trade in the positive territory and limit's the JPY's potential gains for the time being. However, the S&P 500 Futures are down 0.4%, suggesting that the market mood is likely to turn dismal in the second half of the day.
Later in the session, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the April Consumer Price Index (CPI) data. Investors expect the Core CPI, which strips volatile food and energy prices, to rise to 2.3% on a yearly basis from 1.6% in March.
A reading of 2.5% or above could help the greenback gather strength against its rivals. However, the impact of inflation data on the USD could remain short-lived following last Friday's disappointing Nonfarm Payrolls report.
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The USD/JPY dozed from Monday’s open at 109.36 to Friday’s 109.17 approach to the US Nonfarm Payrolls report (NFP), then woke with a start as the US economy added just one-quarter of the expected jobs. American firms hired 266,000 people in April and the unemployment rate rose to 6.1%, according to the US Department of Labor.