- USD/JPY added to the overnight strong gains amid US-China trade optimism.
- The UK election results further boosted the global risk sentiment on Friday.
- Investors now look forward to the US retail sales data for a fresh impetus.
The safe-haven Japanese yen continued with its weakening trend on Friday and pushed the USD/JPY pair to near two-week tops, around the 109.55-60 region in the last hour.
Following a knee-jerk slide to sub-109.00 level earlier during the Asian session on Friday, the pair caught some fresh bids and added to the overnight strong gains amid a fresh wave of the global risk-on trade.
A combination of factors remain supportive
Investors' appetite for perceived riskier assets got a strong boost after reports on Thursday indicated that the US has reached a “phase-one” trade deal in principle with China ahead of the December 15 deadline.
The signing of the deal now averts the planned new US tariffs on around $160 billion worth of Chinese goods and the US negotiators have also offered to reduce existing tariffs on about $375 billion by 50%.
Adding to the trade optimism, the outcome of the UK election, wherein the incumbent Conservative Party won a clear majority removed any risk of a no-deal Brexit and further boosted the global risk sentiment.
The risk-on mood was further reinforced by some follow-through pickup in the US Treasury bond yields, which helped offset some US dollar weakness and remained supportive of the ongoing positive move.
Moving ahead, market participants now look forward to the US economic docket, highlighting the release of monthly retail sales data in order to grab some short-term trading opportunities on the last day of the week.
Technical levels to watch
|Today last price||109.58|
|Today Daily Change||0.25|
|Today Daily Change %||0.23|
|Today daily open||109.33|
|Previous Daily High||109.45|
|Previous Daily Low||108.46|
|Previous Weekly High||109.73|
|Previous Weekly Low||108.43|
|Previous Monthly High||109.67|
|Previous Monthly Low||107.89|
|Daily Fibonacci 38.2%||109.07|
|Daily Fibonacci 61.8%||108.84|
|Daily Pivot Point S1||108.7|
|Daily Pivot Point S2||108.08|
|Daily Pivot Point S3||107.71|
|Daily Pivot Point R1||109.7|
|Daily Pivot Point R2||110.08|
|Daily Pivot Point R3||110.7|
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