USD/JPY – Yen Showing Little Movement as Markets Await US Consumer Inflation Reports

USD/JPY is showing little movement in the Tuesday session, as the pair trades slightly below the 104 level. On the release front, the US releases key consumer inflation numbers. Both CPI and Core CPI are expected to show small gains in the September release. There are on Japanese releases on the schedule. On Wednesday, there is one key release – Building Permits.

US consumer spending impressed in September. Retail sales gained 0.5%, while core retail sales jumped 0.6%, as both key indicators rebounded from declines in August. PPI was steady at 0.3%, but the UoM Consumer Sentiment Index disappointed, dropping to 87.9 points and missing expectations. This marked the weakest reading since September 2015. The markets are keeping a close eye on Tuesday’s CPI and Core CPI releases, and these numbers could have an important bearing on the Fed’s rate decision in December. Currently, a December rate hike is currently priced in at 64 percent.

The yen lost ground lost week following dovish remarks from the Bank of Japan. Kuroda stated that the bank was unlikely to meet its inflation target of 2% before 2018, but that the BoJ had no intention of changing course, saying it would continue or even strengthen monetary easing in order to achieve its inflation target. The next BoJ policy meeting takes place on October 31 and the markets will be looking for hints as to whether the bank intends to remain on the sidelines. Although the BoJ continues to talk tough about adopting further easing, there is some skepticism in the markets as to whether the bank has any monetary ammunition left. The bank cut rates below zero early in 2016, but this has not had the desired effect, as deflation threatens to undermine an already weak economy.

USD/JPY Fundamentals

Tuesday (October 18)

  • 8:30 US CPI. Estimate 0.3%
  • 8:30 US Core CPI. Estimate 0.2%
  • 10:00 US NAHB Housing Market Index. Estimate 64 points
  • 16:00 US TIC Long-Term Purchases

Wednesday (October 19)

  • 8:30 US Building Permits. Estimate 1.17M

*All release times are EDT

*Key events are in bold

USD/JPY for Tuesday, October 18, 2016

USD/JPY October 18 at 6:50 EDT

Open: 103.85 High: 104.13 Low: 103.68 Close: 103.86

USD/JPY Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
101.20 102.36 103.02 104.32 105.44 106.72
  • USD/JPY has posted limited movement in the Asian session. The pair posted slight gains in the European session but then retracted
  • 103.02 is providing support
  • There is resistance at 104.32
  • Current range: 103.02 to 104.32

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 103.02, 102.36, 101.20 and 100.55
  •  Above: 104.32, 105.44 and 106.72

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

USD/JPY ratio is showing a slight majority in long positions (54%), indicative of slight trader bias towards USD/JPY breaking out and moving higher.

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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.