USD/JPY aims to test 140.00 as risk-off profile rebounds, Fed Powell’s speech eyed


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  • USD/JPY is marching towards 140.00 as China’s anti-Covid lockdown-inspired fears have triggered negative sentiment.
  • China’s individuals are demanding democracy against dictatorship in their protests.
  • Fed Powell’s speech will provide more clarity on chatters over interest rate action in the December meeting.
  • Japan’s employment and Retail Trade data will remain in focus.

The USD/JPY pair has sensed a decent buying interest after testing the 139.00 support in the early Tokyo session. The asset is aiming to extend its recovery towards the round-level resistance of 140.00 as the risk-off profile has come in action led by escalating civil risks in China.

Individuals are shouting slogans of ‘XI Jinping Go Down’ as strict Covid-19 restrictions by the Chinese authorities to contain the spread have frustrated the general public. Covid-19 cases in China recorded a massive high of around 40,000 on November 26, therefore, the administration is bound to keep the zero-Covid policy in action.

Escalated anti-Covid protests have triggered the risk of economic slowdown and further risk to already vulnerable real estate demand. Also, the demand for democracy not dictatorship from China’s individuals in a state of anger and frustration due to Covid-19 restrictions has underpinned the risk-aversion theme.

The US Dollar Index (DXY) has extended its recovery to near 106.32 and is likely to remain solid. S&500 futures have displayed some sell-off in Tokyo, portraying a risk-off impulse in action. Meanwhile, the 10-year US Treasury yields are holding at 3.70% ahead of a speech from Federal Reserve (Fed) chair Jerome Powell.

The speech from Fed Chair will provide more clarity on chatters over the conclusion of the 75 basis points (bps) rate hike structure by the Fed. As United States inflation has shown meaningful exhaustion in its October report, Fed policymakers have vouched for a ‘less-hawkish’ stance in December monetary policy meeting by the Fed.

On the Tokyo front, investors are shifting their focus toward the employment data, which is due on Tuesday. The Unemployment Rate is expected to decline to 2.5% vs. the prior release of 2.6%. Also, the Jobs/Applicants ratio is expected to display an improvement.

Apart from that, Retail Trade data will also remain in focus. The annual economic data is seen higher at 5.0% while monthly data could show a negative growth of 0.3%.

USD/JPY

Overview
Today last price 139.38
Today Daily Change 0.34
Today Daily Change % 0.24
Today daily open 139.04
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 142.87
Daily SMA50 144.76
Daily SMA100 141.17
Daily SMA200 133.96
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 139.6
Previous Daily Low 138.37
Previous Weekly High 142.25
Previous Weekly Low 138.05
Previous Monthly High 151.94
Previous Monthly Low 143.53
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 139.13
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 138.84
Daily Pivot Point S1 138.41
Daily Pivot Point S2 137.78
Daily Pivot Point S3 137.19
Daily Pivot Point R1 139.63
Daily Pivot Point R2 140.22
Daily Pivot Point R3 140.85

 

 

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