USD/JPY Technicals – Technical rebound facing resistance between 98.5 and 100.0

Despite breaking a series of significant supports last week, price has since pullback significantly, trading above the 96.7 March high last Friday. On hindsight this is not exactly unexpected as price has managed to shave off more than 400 pips from peak to trough from Thursday – Friday, a significant move considering that 5 day ATR is only 1 big figure a day, itself a significant increase from pre Abenomics days when it is considered volatile when price move more than 50 pips a day.

Daily Chart


From a technical perspective, the corrective pullback affirms the trading range 96.7 – 100.0, which covers most part of April’s trading. Currently price is looking to test 98.5 interim peaks, but essentially 98.5 – 100.0 can be considered a resistance zone which will help bears to rebuff price from attempting to climb back into the Rising Channel. Should price trade back lower after entering the aforementioned resistance zone, this can be regarded as a confirmation for the breakout of the Rising Channel, giving bears a potential accelerating push to seek lower grounds closer to 90.0, where Feb/March lows are found.

Stochastic readings suggest that a recovery move higher from here is possible, but that still fit comfortably with the scenario where the top end of resistance is closer to 100.0. Looking at historical Stoch readings, it is also possible where readings may form an interim peak below 50.0, where Stoch formed interim peaks and troughs back in 1st Mar, 28th Mar, and most recently 4th May.

Hourly Chart


From the shorter-term chart, price may face an additional level of resistance between 99.0 – 99.5 on top of the broader 98.5 – 100.0 band. Looking at Stochastic readings of the short-term chart, it seems likely that price may bounce lower with readings highly overbought already. That being said, the readings appear to be forming an interim trough above the 80.0 mark, which suggest that price may still yet be able to move higher, but perhaps not much further considering the degree of Overbought that we are in. This again sits in nicely with the 98.5 – 100.0 broader resistance band scenario described above, forming a coherent narrative between Daily and Hourly chart.

Fundamentally, it is important to note that Japan’s economy is still not picking up as much as we wanted. Granted Q1 GDP has now been proven to be slightly better than expected, but inflation figures remain under expectations, putting in doubt the true effectiveness of “Abenomics”, which is the main driver of current JPY weakness. With BOJ decision coming up tomorrow, Kuroda and his fellow BOJ members will need to do something big in order to spur USD/JPY and Nikkei higher once more. Do it right, and we could see a rally ala – 5th April. If not, technicals bears will be likely to see their confirmation for the bearish breakout which will send price moving lower for the rest of June.

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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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