USD/JPY – Yen Quiet as Investors Search for Cues

USD/JPY has ticked lower in the Monday session. In North American trade, USD/JPY is trading at 114.12, up 0.07% on the day. On the release front, the BoJ released the minutes of the October policy meeting. In the US, there are no major events. William Dudley, President of the New York Fed, announced his retirement. On Tuesday, Fed Chair Janet Yellen will speak at an event in Washington.

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda spoke on Monday, after the release of the BoJ minutes. Kuroda expressed optimism that the improving economy will trigger higher inflation and move closer to the Bank’s target of 2 percent. Kuroda called the economic expansion “highly sustainable”, and the markets took his optimism as a sign that the BoJ has no plans to inject further stimulus in order to beef up inflation. The minutes from the October meeting indicated that many of the board members were satisfied that the inflation target would be met under current policy.

The Federal Reserve remains in the news, after FOMC member William Dudley announced that he will retire in mid-2018. This move could have implications for monetary policy, depending on who will replace Dudley. A possible candidate is Kevin Warsh, who made the short list for the successor to Fed Chair Janet Yellen. Warsh is in favor of higher rates and favors less regulation of the banking sector.

On Thursday, US President Trump nominated Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell to head the Federal Reserve. Powell will take over in February 2018 when Yellen’s term expires. Powell is expected to hold the course with monetary policy, which has been marked by incremental and small rate hikes since December 2015. It’s all but a given that the Fed will raise interest rates in December, but the forecast for 2018 is less clear. If the US economy continues to grow at current levels, we could see up to three rate hikes next year. Powell will also be tasked with continuing to trim the Fed’s huge balance sheet of $4.2 billion. Last month, the Fed has started trimming the balance sheet by $10 billion/mth, but these cuts are expected to increase in size next year.

New York Fed President Dudley to Retire

USD/JPY Fundamentals

Sunday (November 5)

  • 18:50 BoJ Monetary Policy Meeting Minutes
  • 20:00 BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda Speaks

Monday (November 6)

  • 12:10 US FOMC Member William Dudley Speaks
  • Tentative – US Loan Officer Survey
  • 19:00 Japanese Average Cash Earnings. Estimate 0.6%

Tuesday (November 7)

  • 14:30 US Federal Chair Janet Yellen Speaks

*All release times are GMT

*Key events are in bold

USD/JPY for Monday, November 6, 2017

USD/JPY November 6 at 10:40 EDT

Open: 114.00 High: 114.73 Low: 113.96 Close: 114.12

 

USD/JPY Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
111.53 112.57 113.55 114.49 115.50 116.54

USD/JPY edged higher in the Asian session but retracted in European trade. The pair is flat 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

In the Monday session, USD/JPY ratio is showing short positions with a majority (53%). This is indicative of trader bias towards USD/JPY continuing to move downwards.

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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.