Nikkei 225 Technicals – Trading Lower on Sales Tax Woes

Hourly Chart


Tokyo stocks took a beating today with Nikkei 225 closing 2.12% lower, while Topix closed 1.67% lower. However, if we assumed that prices opened bearishly in the morning, we would be highly mistaken. Looking at hourly chart above, we can see that prices actually traded higher during the 1st 2 hours of trade, most probably spurred by a weakening Yen due to latest data showing Japanese buying highest amount of Foreign Bonds in a month since 2010 August – amounting to 1.6 Trillion Yen, more than double that of last month’s 690 Billion. The reason price traded lower was due to the rejection of 14,000 resistance, which is confluence with the swing high back on 8th August, and the 61.8% Fib on the Monthly Chart (see below). Furthermore, US market was bearish yesterday, dragging global risk sentiment and thus Nikkei 225 lower with it, and is not due to Nikkei 225’s inherent weakness. Therefore, a move back towards the overhead Kumo within the first 2 hours of trade after bouncing from the support of 13-14th August should not come as too much of a surprise, and actually opened up 14,000 as a bullish target early today.

That obviously did not happen, as price subsequently traded lower, dipping below the 13,750 support and swing low of yesterday. The catalyst? Finance Minister Aso saying that a sales tax increase is justifiable due to strong growth figures from Q2. On top of this, Aso twisted the knife by dismissing rumors that Abe will be lowering corporate taxes as a sweetener for the sales tax increase, before adding on and saying that even if the Japanese Government lower corporate taxes, it is unlikely to impact the economy in any meaningful way. This double whammy sent Japanese stocks sharply lower, resulting in price breaking the Kumo and opening the next level of consolidation as the bearish target. Currently we’re experiencing some level of pullback, with price testing Senkou Span B again. If the resistance level hold, we could see acceleration towards the 13,450 – 13,700 consolidation.

Monthly Chart


Monthly Chart is leaning towards the bearish side, with Stochastic readings pushing below 80.0 and candles continuing to stay below the 61.8% Fib retracement. As long as readings stay below 14,000, the risk of a move towards 50.0% Fib will remain.

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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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