USD/JPY is starting the new trading week with little fanfare. In European trading on Monday, the pair is trading in the mid-98 range. Japanese markets are closed on Monday for a holiday. Over in the US, it’s a quiet day, as the only events on the schedule are Factory Orders and speeches by two Federal Reserve policymakers.
The Federal Reserve met for a policy meeting last week, the first since Congress reached an agreement on the debt ceiling and the shutdown. As expected, the Fed said that it would maintain QE at current levels of $85 billion each month. However, the Fed’s policy statement was less dovish than expected, as the Fed noted that the economy was expanding “at a moderate pace” and left the door open for QE tapering in December. However, the prevailing view in the markets is that short of a sharp turnaround in US numbers, QE tapering will be on hold until early 2014.
After a host of weak numbers early in the week, US numbers showed some improvement. Unemployment Claims practically matched the forecast, and ISM Manufacturing PMI beat the estimate. With the Fed unlikely to taper QE before 2014, the QE uncertainty which was has been weighing on the dollar has eased, and the dollar could continue to post gains against the weak Japanese yen.
In Japan, there were no surprises last week from the BOJ, which announced in a policy statement that it would continue its monetary easing policy. The Bank has been expanding the monetary base by 60-70 trillion yen each year, and plans to maintain this level. The Bank forecasts that inflation will rise to 1.9% in 2015, which is within the BOJ’s target of 2.0%. The government’s radical fiscal and monetary policy has created inflation after years of deflation, which has hobbled the economy. However, the Japanese yen has dropped sharply as a result, as the currency trades close to the 100 level.
USD/JPY for Monday, November 4, 2013
USD/JPY November 4 at 11:50 GMT
USD/JPY 98.66 H: 98.84 L: 98.58
- USD/JPY is rangebound in Monday trading.
- On the downside, 98.15 continues to provide support. It is a weak line and could see pressure if the yen shows any upward movement. This is followed by strong support at 97.18.
- On the upside, the pair is facing resistance at 98.92. This line is followed by the key level of 100, which has held firm since mid-September.
- Current range: 98.15 to 98.92
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 98.15, 97.18, 96.00, 95.06 and 94.20
- Above: 98.92, 100, 101.19 and 102.53
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
USD/JPY ratio continues to be dominated by long positions, indicative of a strong trader bias towards the US dollar moving higher.
USD/JPY is showing very little movement on Monday. With the Japanese markets closed for a holiday and no major events in the US, we could see the pair continue to drift during the day.
- 15:00 US Factory Orders. Estimate 1.9%.
- 15:00 US Factory Orders (Aug. Data). Estimate 0.2%.
- 16:40 US FOMC Member Jerome Powell Speaks.
- 21:00 US FOMC Member Eric Rosengren Speaks.
*Key releases are highlighted in bold
*All release times are GMT