USD/JPY – Yen Edges Higher, Yellen Testimony Looms

The Japanese yen is almost unchanged in the Tuesday session. Currently, USD/JPY is trading at 113.40. On the release front, Japanese Revised Industrial Production dropped to 0.7%, but still beat the forecast of 0.5%. In the US, we’ll get a look at PPI and Janet Yellen testifies before Congress on the semi-annual Monetary Policy Report. If Yellen reiterates that the Fed plans several rate hikes this year, the US dollar could make gains. On Wednesday, the US releases retail sales and CPI reports, and Yellen will continue her testimony before the US Senate.

President Shinzo Abe met with President Trump last week, and Abe waxed positive about his summit with Trump. Abe said the two leaders had agreed to have their finance leaders discuss currency issues that have caused tensions between the US and Japan. Trump recently charged that Japan was manipulating its currency to gain a trade advantage. The Japanese government has countered that its ultra-accommodative monetary policy was aimed at curbing deflation. Still, Abe and BoJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda will have to keep a close eye on the yen – if the dollar pushes past 120 yen, Trump could express his displeasure with the exchange rate in order to protect US exporters.

President Donald Trump has promised to cut taxes and spend big on infrastructure structures, but he has not released any details in this regard, much to the consternation of the markets. Last week, Trump said that the administration was working on a “phenomenal” tax plan, which would be released in a few weeks, although he gave no details. Trump’s plan is expected to lower taxes for both corporations and individuals, although tax reform promises to be a slow and daunting task. The markets are looking for some details regarding Trump’s plans for the US economy, and if Trump’s plan to reform the US tax code seems feasible, the markets could rally and push the US dollar to higher levels.

USD/JPY Fundamentals

Tuesday (February 14)

  • 4:30 Japanese Revised Industrial Production. Estimate 0.5%. Actual 0.7%
  • 13:30 US PPI. Estimate 0.3%
  • 15:00 US Fed Chair Janet Yellen Speech

Wednesday (February 15)

  • 13:30 US CPI. Estimate 0.3%
  • 13:30 US Core CPI. Estimate 0.2%
  • 13:30 US Core Retail Sales. Estimate 0.4%
  • 13:30 US Retail  Sales. Estimate 0.1%
  • 15:00 US Fed Chair Janet Yellen Speech

*All release times are GMT

*Key events are in bold

 

USD/JPY for Tuesday, February 14, 2017

USD/JPY February 14 at 9:45 EST

Open: 113.68 High: 113.76 Low: 113.24 Close: 113.45

 

USD/JPY Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
109.85 110.94 112.57 113.80 114.83 115.90

USD/JPY edged lower in the Asian session and was flat in European trade. The pair has edged higher in the North American session

  • 112.57 is providing support
  • 113.80 is a weak resistance line
  • Current range: 112.57 to 113.80

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 112.57, 110.94, 109.85 and 108.61
  •  Above: 113.80, 114.83 and 115.90

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

In the Tuesday session, USD/JPY ratio is showing long positions with a slender majority (52%). This is indicative of trader bias towards USD/JPY reversing directions and climbing higher.

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Kenny Fisher joined OANDA in 2012 as a Currency Analyst. Kenny writes a daily column about current economic and political developments affecting the major currency pairs, with a focus on fundamental analysis. Kenny began his career in forex at Bendix Foreign Exchange in Toronto, where he worked as a Corporate Account Manager for over seven years.