USD/JPY struggles near weekly lows, below 112.00 mark

   •  News that N. Korea test-fired a tactical guided weapon boosts JPY’s safe-haven demand.
   •  A subdued USD price action further collaborated to the pair’s slide to fresh weekly lows. 
   •  Traders now eye US monthly retail sales data for a fresh impetus ahead of Easter holidays.

The USD/JPY pair met with some fresh supply during the Asian session on Thursday and is currently placed at the lower end of its weekly trading range, just below the 112.00 handle.

The pair continued with its struggle to sustain at higher levels and once again failed near the 112.15 region (YTD tops), rather came under some renewed selling pressure in reaction to the news that North Korea has test-fired a new tactical guided weapon.

The latest geopolitical development largely offset optimism led by a report that the US and China may sign a long-negotiated trade deal in late May or early June and provided a strong boost to the Japanese Yen's perceived safe-haven status on Thursday.

This coupled with a subdued US Dollar price action, further weighed down by a sharp pullback in the US Treasury bond yields, further collaborated to the pair's slide to fresh weekly lows, albeit the selling pressure now seems to have abated near the 111.85 region.

Moving ahead, today's US economic docket - highlighting the release of monthly retail sales, will now be looked upon for some fresh impetus amid reviving safe-haven demand and relatively thin trading conditions ahead of the Easter holidays.

Technical levels to watch


Today last price 111.92
Today Daily Change -0.14
Today Daily Change % -0.12
Today daily open 112.06
Daily SMA20 111.21
Daily SMA50 111.09
Daily SMA100 110.83
Daily SMA200 111.52
Previous Daily High 112.17
Previous Daily Low 111.92
Previous Weekly High 112.1
Previous Weekly Low 110.84
Previous Monthly High 112.14
Previous Monthly Low 109.71
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 112.07
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 112.02
Daily Pivot Point S1 111.93
Daily Pivot Point S2 111.8
Daily Pivot Point S3 111.69
Daily Pivot Point R1 112.18
Daily Pivot Point R2 112.3
Daily Pivot Point R3 112.43



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