The greenback is alternating gains with losses vs. its Japanese peer on Friday, with USD/JPY hovering over the 114.65/60 band.
USD/JPY looks for direction below 115.00
The pair is extending its bearish fashion this week, losing ground since Monday although recovering from yesterday’s multi-week troughs in sub-114.00 levels.
The softer tone in the buck and declining US yields have been behind the pair’s sharp downside from Monday’s tops in the mid-117.00s, particularly following the recent press conference by US president-elect Donald Trump.
Later in the NA session, US Retail Sales are seen expanding at a monthly 0.7% in December, while the US Consumer Sentiment tracked by the Reuters/Michigan Index is expected to have improved to 98.5 during the current month.
USD/JPY levels to consider
As of writing the pair is retreating 0.09% at 114.60 facing the next support at 113.73 (low Jan.12) followed by 112.92 (55-day sma) and finally 111.98 (38.2% Fibo of the November-December 2015 up move). On the other hand, a break above 115.53 (high Jan.12) would aim for 116.70 (20-day sma) and then 117.53 (high Jan.9).
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