USD/JPY – Yen Edges Higher Despite Sharp US Durable Goods Reports

USD/JPY has recorded small losses in the Wednesday session. In North American trade, USD/JPY is trading at 113.78, down 0.18% on the day. On the release front, US data was sharp, as durable goods orders and housing reports beat the forecasts. Core Durable Goods Orders gained 0.7%, above the estimate of 0.5%. Durable Goods Orders soared 2.2%, crushing the estimate of 1.0%. As well, New Home Sales jumped to 667 thousand, well above the forecast of 555 thousand. Later in the day, Japan releases Services Producer Price Index, which is expected to remain unchanged at 0.8%. On Thursday, the US releases unemployment claims and Pending Home Sales, and Japan will publish Tokyo Core CPI.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cruised to victory in the Japanese election on Sunday, and this means ‘more of the same’ for Japan’s ultra-accommodative monetary policy. The Bank of Japan holds a policy meeting next week, and policymakers are expected to maintain its inflation forecasts. At the September meeting, the BoJ stated that it did not expect inflation to reach the Bank’s 2.0% target until fiscal year 2020. BoJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda has long insisted that the bank will not taper its stimulus program until inflation moves higher. Kuroda’s 5-year term as governor expires in April 2018, although he remains the top contender for the position.

The guessing game at the Federal Reserve continues, as investors await the next choice for Federal Reserve chair. Janet Yellen’s 3-year term expires in February, and President Trump has said he will nominate a new Fed head in the coming days. The front runners are economist John Taylor and Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell. Taylor advocates a rule in which rates which be as high as 3 percent, given current economic conditions. Powell is more closely aligned to Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s monetary stance which advocates an incremental increase in rates. With the two candidates representing sharply differing views on interest rate levels, Trump’s choice for the new Fed chair could have an effect on monetary policy and the strength of the US dollar. Still, most economists are of the view that monetary policy will be largely driven by the performance of the US economy. Inflation levels remain weak and may not reach Fed’s target of 2 percent before 2020, but that has not dampened expectations of a December rate hike. According to CME FedWatch, the odds of a raise in December stand at 96 percent.

USD/JPY Fundamentals

Wednesday (October 25)

  • 8:30 US Core Durable Goods Orders. Estimate 0.5%. Actual 0.7%
  • 8:30 US Durable Goods Orders. Estimate 1.0%. Actual 2.2%
  • 9:00 US HPI. Estimate 0.4%. Actual 0.7%
  • 10:00 US New Home Sales. Estimate 555K. Actual 667K
  • 10:30 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate -2.6M
  • 19:50 Japanese SPPI. Estimate 0.8%

Thursday (October 26)

  • 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. 235K
  • 10:00 US Pending Home Sales. Estimate 0.2%
  • 19:30 Tokyo Core CPI. Estimate 0.5%

*All release times are GMT

*Key events are in bold

USD/JPY for Wednesday, October 25, 2017

USD/JPY October 25 at 11:00 EDT

Open: 113.92 High: 114.24 Low: 113.74 Close: 113.71

USD/JPY Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
110.94 112.57 113.55 114.49 115.50 116.54

USD/JPY was flat in the Asian session. The pair posted gains in European trade but has reversed directions in the North American session

  • 113.55 is providing support
  • 114.49 is the next resistance line

Current range: 113.55 to 114.49

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 113.55, 112.57, 110.94 and 110.10
  • Above: 114.49, 115.50 and 116.54

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratios

USD/JPY ratio is showing little movement this week. Currently, short positions have a majority (56%), indicative of trader bias towards USD/JPY continuing to lose ground.

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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.