USD/JPY has ticked higher in the Wednesday session. In North American trade, the pair is trading just below the 114 line. On the release front, the Bank of Japan published its summary of opinions. There are no major releases out of the US. On Thursday, the US will publish two key indicators. PPI is expected to show a slight gain of 0.2%, and unemployment claims is forecast to climb to 245 thousand.
The BoJ released its summary of opinions from its April policy meeting. BoJ board members recommended that the central bank maintain its ultra-loose accommodative policy due to global downside risks. At the same time, policymakers noted that the economy has improved, boosted by stronger exports and production. The summary stated that the BoJ should upgrade its economic assessment to state that the economy “has been turning towards a moderate expansion”. On the inflation front, policymakers predicted that inflationary pressures would increase, but that the inflation target of 2 percent would not be attained before 2018. The summary reiterates the cautious optimism that characterized the BoJ rate statement in April – global demand has boosted the economy, but the BOJ feels that it’s too early too make any changes to the current quantitative easing program.
The yen continues to slide and has lost 4.7% since April 17. The dollar pushed above the 114 line on Tuesday, as a soft Japanese wage growth report weighed on the yen. Wage growth declined 0.4% in March, marking the sharpest decline since June 2015. Prime Minister Abe’s government has urged businesses to raise worker’s wages, but the message has largely fallen on deaf ears, even with a tight labor market. A sluggish economy and weak consumer spending have dampened business confidence, so businesses are showing little appetite for raising wages and thus incurring more expenses.
Donald Trump’s unconventional style has caused consternation and uneasiness in the markets, but the political earthquake he has now stirred could become political quicksand for the new president. Trump abruptly fired FBI director James Comey on Tuesday, stunning lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Comey, who has been conducting an investigation into possible collusion between Trump and Russia during the presidential campaign, clearly has been a thorn in Trump’s side. The White House has claimed that it fired Comey over his handling of an email scandal involving Hillary Clinton, but the move has been roundly condemned by the Democrats, and some key Republicans have also voiced opposition as well. The firestorm could heat up further, with calls in Congress to appoint a special prosecutor into Trump’s connections with Russia. Has Trump gone one step to far? This latest controversy could cause some jitters among investors and send the greenback lower against the safe-haven Japanese yen.
Tuesday (May 9)
- 19:50 BoJ Summary of Opinions
Wednesday (May 10)
- 1:00 Japanese Leading Indicators. Estimate 105.5%. Actual 105.5%
- 8:30 US Import Prices. Estimate 0.2%. Actual 0.5%
- 10:30 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate -2.0M
- 13:01 US 10-y Bond Auction
- 14:00 US Federal Budget Balance. Estimate 175.0B
- 19:50 Japanese Bank Lending. Estimate 3.2%
- 19:50 Japanese Current Account
- 23:45 Japanese 30-y Bond Auction
Thursday (May 11)
- 8:30 US PPI. Estimate 0.2%
- 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 245K
*All release times are GMT
*Key events are in bold
USD/JPY for Wednesday, May 10, 2017
USD/JPY May 10 at 10:35 EDT
Open: 113.70 High: 114.13 Low: 113.64 Close: 113.88
USD/JPY was flat in the Asian session. The pair posted small gains in the European session but retracted. In North American trade, the pair is flat.
- 113.55 is providing weak support
- 114.96 is the next resistance line
- Current range: 113.55 to 114.96
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 113.55, 112.57, 110.94 and 109.77
- Above: 114.96, 115.90 and 116.87
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
In the Wednesday session, USD/JPY ratio is showing long positions with a slight majority (54%). This is indicative of trader bias towards USD/JPY continuing to move higher.
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