The Japanese yen has posted small gains in the Wednesday session. In North American trade, USD/JPY is trading at 105.98, down 0.13% on the day. On the release front, the US ADP Nonfarm Payrolls report ticked higher to 235 thousand, easily beating the estimate of 199 thousand. Later in the day, Japan Final GDP for the fourth quarter, which is expected to slip to 0.2%. On Thursday, the US releases unemployment claims. Japan will publish Household Spending and the Bank of Japan will release a rate statement.
Will the Bank of Japan drop any hints about exiting it massive stimulus program? On Friday, BoJ Governor bolstered the yen when he said that the BoJ would consider exiting from its ultra-accommodative monetary policy if its inflation target of around 2020 was reached in early 2020. Kuroda’s remarks were unusual in that they mentioned a possible “exit” from its stimulus program, and this caught the markets off guard. The BoJ has been lagging behind the Fed and other central banks in winding up stimulus, but Kuroda added that the Bank would normalize policy if “economic conditions become favorable and our price target is achieved”. Any additional hints from Kuroda or his colleagues about normalization could strengthen the yen, which has run roughshod over the dollar in 2018, with gains of 6.3%.
In the US, tensions over proposed tariffs on steel imports continue to hurt the US dollar. President Trump appears set on applying stiff tariffs of 25% on steel, much to the consternation of the European Union and other US trading partners. However, there is plenty of domestic opposition to Trump’s plan, as Republican lawmakers, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, have come out strongly against the move. If Trump doesn’t back down, the Republicans could even resort to legislation to limit Trump’s authority on tariffs. The announcement of the tariffs last week sent the dollar broadly lower, and if the tariffs are introduced, negative investor sentiment could continue to weigh on the dollar.
Wednesday (March 7)
- 00:00 Japanese Leading Indicators. Estimate 106.5%. Actual 104.8%
- 8:00 US FOMC Member Raphael Bostic Speaks
- 8:15 US ADP Nonfarm Employment Change. Estimate 199K. Actual 235K
- 8:20 US FOMC Member William Dudley Speaks
- 8:30 US Revised Nonfarm Productivity. Estimate -0.1%. Actual 0.0%
- 8:30 US Revised Unit Labor Costs. Estimate 2.1%. Actual 2.5%
- 8:30 US Trade Balance. Estimate -55.1B. Actual -56.6B
- 10:30 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate 2.6M
- 14:00 US Beige Book
- 15:00 US Consumer Credit. Estimate 17.5B
- 18:50 Japanese Bank Lending. Estimate 2.4%
- 18:50 Japanese Current Account. Estimate 1.76T
- 18:50 Japanese Final GDP Price Index. Estimate 0.0%
- 18:50 Japanese Final GDP. Estimate 0.2%
Thursday (March 8)
- 00:00 Japanese Economy Watchers Sentiment. Estimate 50.6
- 8:30 US Unemployment Claims. Estimate 220K
- 18:30 Japanese Household Spending. Estimate -1.1
- Tentative – BoJ Policy Rate. Estimate -0.10%
- Tentative – BoJ Monetary Policy Statement
*All release times are EST
*Key events are in bold
USD/JPY for Wednesday, March 7, 2018
USD/JPY March 7 at 11:10 EST
Open: 106.12 High: 106.19 Low: 105.46 Close: 105.98
USD/JPY posted losses in the Asian session. In the European session, the pair lost ground but recovered. USD/JPY is showing little movement in North American trade
- 105.53 is providing support
- 106.64 is the next resistance line
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 105.53, 104.32 and 103.09
- Above: 106.64, 107.29, 108.00 and 109.11
- Current range: 105.53 to 106.64
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratios
USD/JPY is unchanged this week session. Currently, long positions have a majority (70%). This indicative of trader bias towards USD/JPY continuing to head higher.
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