USD/JPY slips to near 129.30 on sluggish Japan’s GDP, Fed’s policy tightening bets elevate


  • USD/JPY has failed to overstep 129.50 on higher-than-expected Japan’s GDP.
  • Fed may feature more 50-bps rate hikes to cool off the heated inflation.
  • Japan’s inflation may elevate to 1.5% vs. 1.2% this week.

The USD/JPY pair is witnessing a gradual fall in the Asian session after the Japanese Cabinet Office reported the annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) numbers at -1.0% vs. the expectation of -1.8% and the prior print of 3.8%. A less negative GDP figure has supported the Japanese yen against the greenback. The quarterly GDP numbers have also outperformed after landing at -0.2% against the estimated figure of -0.4%.

Apart from the GDP numbers, the vulnerable performance of the US dollar index (DXY) is also hurting the asset. The DXY is set to display more losses as the asset has tumbled below Tuesday’s low at 103.23. An improvement in the risk appetite of the market participants has dampened the safe-haven appeal of the DXY. Meanwhile, odds of a 50 basis point (bps) rate hike by the Federal Reserve (Fed) have been bolstered as the Fed is focusing on scaling down the soaring inflation in a most ‘convincing’ way.

To cool off the heated inflation, Fed needs to feature more rate hikes sooner rather than later. Investors should brace for more than two jumbo rate hikes in the calendar year. It is worth noting that the Fed has already announced one jumbo rate hike in the first week of May.

This week, the major event will be Japan’s inflation numbers, which are due on Friday. A preliminary estimate for the annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) figure is 1.5% vs. the prior print of 1.2%. Along with this, the core CPI could drop to -0.9%, against the former figure of 0.7%.

USD/JPY

Overview
Today last price 129.29
Today Daily Change -0.15
Today Daily Change % -0.12
Today daily open 129.44
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 129.3
Daily SMA50 125
Daily SMA100 120.03
Daily SMA200 116.17
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 129.78
Previous Daily Low 128.83
Previous Weekly High 131.35
Previous Weekly Low 127.52
Previous Monthly High 131.26
Previous Monthly Low 121.67
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 129.42
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 129.19
Daily Pivot Point S1 128.92
Daily Pivot Point S2 128.4
Daily Pivot Point S3 127.96
Daily Pivot Point R1 129.87
Daily Pivot Point R2 130.3
Daily Pivot Point R3 130.82

 

 

 

 

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