USD/JPY – Yen Shrugs Off Soft Manufacturing Report

USD/JPY has edged higher at the start of the week. In Monday’s North American session, the pair is trading at the 110 line. On the release front, Japanese Core Machinery Orders declined for the first time in three months, with a reading of -3.1%. This was much weaker than the forecast of +0.6%. Japanese PPI gained 2.1%, shy of the forecast of 2.2%. Later in the day, Japan releases BSI Manufacturing Index, with an estimate of 1.1 points. On Tuesday, the US releases PPI, with the markets braced for a flat reading of 0.0%.

The Japanese economy has shown some improvement in the first quarter, but Final GDP was a major disappointment. First quarter GDP was revised downwards to 0.3%, compared to 0.5% in the preliminary GDP report. At the same time, the economy has posted growth for five consecutive quarters – the first time that has occurred in over 10 years. Japan has benefited from a stronger global economy, notably the manufacturing and export sectors. However, domestic consumption remains sluggish, and household spending contracted 1.4% on year in April. The Bank of Japan will hold a policy meeting on Thursday, and is expected to maintain its ultra-loose monetary stance in order to prop up inflation and domestic demand. Given that the economy has strengthened, policymakers may be looking to exit current policy, and analysts will be looking for nuances in BoJ language (in the rate statement or BoJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda’s press conference) which could point to a more hawkish monetary stance. If the central bank does hint at a tighter policy, the yen could gain ground.

The Federal Reserve will meet on Wednesday, and the markets have priced in a rate hike, which would be the second increase in 2017. The likelihood continues to hover around the 90% level, so it would be a shock if the Fed did not make a move. However, an additional rate hike seems much less likely in the third quarter, with the CME forecasting the odds of a September move at just 26%. The markets are skeptical about another rate hike in the second half, unless the political situation in Washington shows signs of stabilizing. The Trump administration remains in damage control mode, as it’s difficult to assess the damage from the dramatic evidence of ex-FBI director James Comey. With dark clouds hovering above the White House, the Fed and the markets have serious concerns with regard to Trump’s ability to move forward with his economic agenda.

USD/JPY Fundamentals

Sunday, June 11

  • 19:50 Japanese Core Machinery Orders. Estimate +0.6%. Actual -3.1%
  • 19:50 Japanese PPI. Estimate 2.2%. Actual 2.1%

Monday, June 12

  • 1:59 Japanese Preliminary Machine Tool Orders. Estimate 24.4%
  • 13:01 US 10-y Bond Auction
  • 14:00 US Federal Budget Balance. Estimate -87.3B
  • 19:50 Japanese BSI Manufacturing Index. Estimate 1.5

Tuesday (June 13)

  • 8:30 US PPI. Estimate 0.0%

*All release times are GMT

*Key events are in bold

USD/JPY for Monday, June 12, 2017

USD/JPY June 12 at 11:25 EDT

Open: 110.33 High: 110.44 Low: 109.75 Close: 109.94

USD/JPY Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
106.68 108.13 109.77 110.94 112.57 113.55

USD/JPY ticked lower in the Asian and European sessions. The pair is showing little movement in North American trade

  • 109.77 was tested earlier in support. It is a weak line
  • 110.94 is the next line of resistance
  • Current range: 109.77 to 110.94

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 109.77, 108.13, 106.68 and 105.19
  •  Above: 110.94, 112.57 and 113.55

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

At the start of the week ,USD/JPY ratio is showing long positions with a majority (58%), This is indicative of trader bias towards USD/JPY reversing directions and moving to lower levels.

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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.