USD/JPY Technicals – Bearish Rejection Below 100.0

The curious case of USD continued yesterday. US stocks rallied strongly against the flow of global equities where losses were seen from both Asian and European major indexes, but that did not invoke a stronger USD which was the norm for the past 2 months. Instead, USD weakened in similar fashion circa 2009-2012, where a rally in stocks (or increase in risk appetite) pushed USD (safe haven) weaker. Unfortunately for USD/JPY bulls, this was not what they want to see as the weakening USD allowed Yen to push USD/JPY below the 100.0 level – first time price has breached it since clearing it on 10th May.

Hourly Chart


From the Hourly Chart, we can see that price found support around 99.0 during New York midday. Price rallied back up but failed to test 100.0, being stopped by the descending Channel bottom. The immediate rejection was strong, forming a bearish engulfing which broke the 99.50 interim support along the way – potentially forming a tweezers top. However that appears to be invalidated with a strong bullish candle currently underway, seeking to test the descending Channel bottom once more.

Despite current surprise bullishness, it remains difficult for price to break into the channel with Stochastic indicators showing the Stoch line entering the stoch “resistance band” around 50.0 where numerous peaks were seen previously. Nonetheless, should price do manage to clear the Descending Channel, the likelihood of breaking 100.0 increases, but that may not change the overall short-term bearish outlook unless 101.0 and Channel Top are broken.

Daily Chart


The same applies to longer term Daily Chart. Price is still mostly bullish despite trading below the rising trendline and clearing 100.0. Price will preferably need to trade below 97.0, breaking the April consolidation range to establish itself fully. Stochastic indicator shows the Stoch line rising, indicating a slowdown in bearish momentum. If price manage to climb back above 100.0 from here, it is likely that Stoch readings will cross Signal line and perhaps even clear the 20.0 level to signal the initial stages of a bullish cycle, which is in line with overall bullish trend that has been in play since Sep 2012.

With Bank of Japan meeting only coming next week, speculators will be free to continue buying Yen up this week as it is unlikely that Kuroda or any BOJ members will reveal any more new stimulus plan from now till next Monday. As such, USD/JPY is at the mercy of speculators wishing to push Yen lower due to the loss of confidence in BOJ/Abenomics, and also at the mercy of the USD weakening phenomenal. With regards to USD, it is important to continue watching the correlation with US Stocks, as 1 swallow doesn’t make a summer, and certainly 2 swallows (last Friday and yesterday) doesn’t do much better in terms of assuring us that the new negative correlation is here to stay for June. But certainly, if this relationship holds, and US stocks does manage to pull itself higher despite current global woes (not a tall order if NFP this Friday surprise on the upside), then a case for further USD/JPY bearish correction will grow louder.

More Links:
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Mingze Wu

Mingze Wu

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Based in Singapore, Mingze Wu focuses on trading strategies and technical and fundamental analysis of major currency pairs. He has extensive trading experience across different asset classes and is well-versed in global market fundamentals. In addition to contributing articles to MarketPulseFX, Mingze centers on forex and macro-economic trends impacting the Asia Pacific region.
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