USDJPY Technical Analysis – Key support level to watch


  • The Fed hiked by 25 bps as
    expected and kept everything unchanged.
  • Fed Chair Powell reaffirmed their data dependency
    and kept all the options on the table.
  • The US economic data keeps on surprising to the
    upside, but inflation expectations and CPI readings continue to show
    disinflation with the last two Core CPI M/M figures
    coming in at 0.16%.
  • At the moment, the market doesn’t expect another
    hike from the Fed, but the next NFP and CPI data will be crucial to confirm or
    change this view.


  • The BoJ kept everything unchanged as expected but implicitly tweaked
    the YCC policy keeping the target band unchanged but giving more flexibility
    with a hard cap at 1.00%.
  • They basically widened the YCC band
    without stating it explicitly.
  • This has created lots of volatility
    in the JPY, but eventually led to a fast depreciation.
  • The BoJ has also already intervened
    twice to smooth the rise in yields ultimately weighing on the JPY.
  • Last week, the Japanese CPI data surprised to the upside with
    the core-core reading reaching again the previous high.

USDJPY Technical Analysis –
Daily Timeframe

On the daily chart, we can see
that from the double bottom at the
138.00 handle created after the BoJ policy meeting, USDJPY just kept on rising
with just one notable pullback. The pair recently broke above the previous high
at the 145.00 handle, but it’s struggling to keep with its rally as the market
may be awaiting new catalysts. It’s also worth reminding that the 145.00-150.00
range is considered the “intervention territory” as the BoJ last year
intervened more than once around these levels.

USDJPY Technical Analysis –
4 hour Timeframe

On the 4
hour chart, we can see that the price has been diverging with the
MACD for a
while and this is generally a sign of weakening momentum often followed by
pullbacks or reversals. In this case, the 145.00 support will be
key to determine if we will get just a pullback or a reversal.

USDJPY Technical Analysis –
1 hour Timeframe

On the 1 hour chart, we can see that we
now have a range between the 145.00 support and the 146.50 resistance. If the
price falls back to the support, we can expect the buyers to pile in with a
defined risk below the level and target new highs. The sellers, on the other
hand, will want to see the price breaking below the support to pile in and
extend the fall into new lows with the 142.00 handle being the first target.

Upcoming Events

This week is
pretty empty on the economic data side as we will only have the PMIs tomorrow
and the US Jobless Claims on Thursday. Given the strong appreciation in the US
Dollar seen in the past weeks, we can expect some USD weakness if the data
misses expectations, and we will likely need much stronger than expected
readings to see another sustained rally in the greenback. Remember also that
this is the Jackson Hole Symposium week, so we will hear from many central
bankers including Fed Chair Powell, who is set to speak on Friday.

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