USD/JPY is steady in Tuesday trading, as the pair trades slightly above the 103 line in the European session. In economic news, the Bank of Japan said it was continuing its current monetary policy. In the US, today’s highlight is JOLTS Job Openings. The markets are not expecting much change from last month’s numbers.
There were no surprises from the BOJ, which released its Monetary Policy Statement on Tuesday. The BOJ said it would continue to expand monetary policy by 60-70 trillion each year. The Bank sounded optimistic about the economy, noting that economic growth and inflation are in line with its forecasts.
Japanese Current Account weakened in February, as the deficit ballooned to -$0.59 trillion, up from -$0.20 trillion a month earlier. This matched the estimate. GDP travelled a similar route, dropping to 0.2% in February, down from 0.3% a month earlier. This was the lowest reading since Q4 of 2012, although it too matched the forecast. The yen did not react to these readings, and continues to trade above the 103 line.
US Nonfarm Payrolls was a pleasant surprise on Friday, as the key employment release jumped to 175 thousand in February, up from 113 thousand a month earlier. This was well above the estimate of 151 thousand. The Unemployment rate edged up to 6.7%, slightly above the estimate of 6.6%. With a solid Unemployment Claims earlier last week, the markets can breathe more comfortably as the Fed is likely to take its scissors and trim QE next week for the third time. New York Fed President William Dudley stated last week that the threshold to alter the Fed’s program to wind up QE was “pretty high”. In other words, short of a serious economic downturn in the US economy, we can expect the QE tapers to continue.
USD/JPY for Tuesday, March 11, 2014
USD/JPY March 11 at 14:40 GMT
USD/JPY 103.28 H: 103.42 L: 103.19
- The pair is testing resistance at 103.30. This line was briefly breached earlier today. This is followed by 104.17, which has remained intact since late January.
- 102.53 is providing strong support. The next support level is at 101.19.
- Current range: 102.53 to 103.30
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 102.53, 101.19, 100.00, 99.57 and 98.65
- Above: 103.30, 104.17, 105.70, 106.85
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
Short positions make up slightly more than half of the open positions in the ratio, indicating a weak trader bias towards the dollar moving higher.
USD/JPY continues to trade at high levels. The pair is showing little movement in the European session.
- 3:00 Bank of Japan Monetary Policy Statement.
- 6:00 Japanese Preliminary Machine Tool Orders. Actual 26.0%.
- 7:26 Bank of Japan Press Conference.
- 11:30 US NFIB Small Business Index. Estimate 95.3 points. Actual 91.4 points.
- 14:00 US JOLTS Jobs Openings. Estimate 4.02M.
- 14:00 US Wholesale Inventories. Estimate 0.5%.
*Key releases are highlighted in bold
*All release times are GMT
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