USD/JPY Uptrend Nears Key Hurdle at 112.30
Matt Weller, CFA, CMT February 25, 2019 3:20 PM
Two weeks ago, we highlighted 3 reasons USD/JPY was hitting its highest levels of the year, including positive US-China trade talk and a continuation after a big technical breakout. Those two factors remain in force after President Trump delayed the escalation of tariffs on Chinese goods this weekend (see “S&P 500 Probing 4-Month High Above 2800 on US-China Trade Optimism” for more), so it’s not surprising that we’ve seen USD/JPY’s bullish momentum carry over.
Throughout last week, the pair was contained to a tight, low volatility range of about 50 pips, setting the stage for a higher-volatility move this week. Rates have surged by about 50 pips already today, and both the RSI and MACD are in a bullish configuration, suggesting that the path of least resistance remains higher for now.
USD/JPY is now approaching a critical resistance level at 111.40, which served as support back in late October and resistance on Boxing Day. If bulls can overcome that key barrier, a continuation toward the next level of previous-support-turned-resistance at 112.30 could be next.
Source: TradingView, FOREX.com
Disclaimer: The information on this web site is not targeted at the general public of any particular country. It is not intended for distribution to residents in any country where such distribution or use would contravene any local law or regulatory requirement. The information and opinions in this report are for general information use only and are not intended as an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase or sale of any currency or CFD contract. All opinions and information contained in this report are subject to change without notice. This report has been prepared without regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any particular recipient. Any references to historical price movements or levels is informational based on our analysis and we do not represent or warranty that any such movements or levels are likely to reoccur in the future. While the information contained herein was obtained from sources believed to be reliable, author does not guarantee its accuracy or completeness, nor does author assume any liability for any direct, indirect or consequential loss that may result from the reliance by any person upon any such information or opinions.
Futures, Options on Futures, Foreign Exchange and other leveraged products involves significant risk of loss and is not suitable for all investors. Losses can exceed your deposits. Increasing leverage increases risk. Spot Gold and Silver contracts are not subject to regulation under the U.S. Commodity Exchange Act. Contracts for Difference (CFDs) are not available for US residents. Before deciding to trade forex and commodity futures, you should carefully consider your financial objectives, level of experience and risk appetite. Any opinions, news, research, analyses, prices or other information contained herein is intended as general information about the subject matter covered and is provided with the understanding that we do not provide any investment, legal, or tax advice. You should consult with appropriate counsel or other advisors on all investment, legal, or tax matters. References to Forex.com or GAIN Capital refer to GAIN Capital Holdings Inc. and its subsidiaries. Please read Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options.