USD/JPY: Mildly offered around 108.00 even as Nikkei 225 gains over 1.0%

  • USD/JPY struggles to keep the previous day’s bounce from seven-week low.
  • COVID-19 conditions in Asia joins US stimulus deadlock and geopolitical-trade headlines to challenge previous risk-on mood.
  • Pre-ECB cautious sentiment adds to the upside filters.

USD/JPY sellers attack 108.00 during the fresh pullback from the intraday top, down 0.10% on a day, amid the initial hour of Tokyo open on Thursday. The downside move defies corrective pullback in Japan’s Nikkei 225 amid fresh challenges, mainly from the coronavirus (COVID-19) frontier.

Other than the looming risks over the third emergency in Tokyo and surrounding prefectures, India’s all-time high infections, recently above 300K, also test the sentiment. On the same line were chatters over the need for the covid vaccine jab.

Additionally, Global Times’ (GT) indirect hint over Beijing’s upcoming punitive measures over Australia joins the league of the US-China and the Russia-Ukraine tussles to weigh on the mood.

It’s worth mentioning that the deadlock over US President Joe Biden’s $2.25 trillion stimulus and the cautious sentiment ahead of the European Central Bank (ECB) monetary policy meeting is an extra burden on the risks.

On Wednesday, market sentiment cheered the Bank of Canada’s (BOC) 25% reduction in the weekly bond-purchase target as well as chatters over the US economic recovery.

Read: Fresh Aussie-China tussle, US infrastructure spending bill talks and covid woes can weigh on sentiment

Against this backdrop, Japan’s Nikkei 225 gains 1.25% but S&P 500 Futures drop 0.20% by the press time.

Looking forward, the ECB meeting will be the key event of the day while the US figures on weekly Jobless Claims and monthly data on housing, as well as Chicago Fed National Activity Index, will direct near-term USD/JPY moves. Also, the Japanese government is yet to announce the emergency decision, which will be observed closely, whereas the US decision over Johnson & Johnson vaccines, up for Friday, may as well be crucial to follow.

Read: European Central Bank Preview: Five reasons for Lagarde to lift the euro

Technical analysis

Wednesday’s Doji near multi-day low backs the corrective pullback towards crossing 50-day SMA around 108.20. However, an ascending trend line from March 10, previous support near 108.55, could challenge the quote’s further recoveries.

Additional important levels

Today last price 108.02
Today Daily Change -0.08
Today Daily Change % -0.07%
Today daily open 108.1
Daily SMA20 109.45
Daily SMA50 108.14
Daily SMA100 106.04
Daily SMA200 105.72
Previous Daily High 108.28
Previous Daily Low 107.88
Previous Weekly High 109.77
Previous Weekly Low 108.61
Previous Monthly High 110.97
Previous Monthly Low 106.37
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 108.13
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 108.03
Daily Pivot Point S1 107.89
Daily Pivot Point S2 107.68
Daily Pivot Point S3 107.48
Daily Pivot Point R1 108.3
Daily Pivot Point R2 108.5
Daily Pivot Point R3 108.71



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