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USD/JPY – Japanese yen steady, investors eye BoJ statement

USD/JPY is quiet at the start of the week. In Monday’s North American session, the pair is trading at 109.67, down 0.09% on the day. In economic news, U.S banks are closed for a holiday. With no U.S or Japanese events on the schedule, traders can expect limited movement from the pair on Monday. On Tuesday, the Bank of Japan releases its rate statement.

Investors were greeted with weak data on Monday, as China released GDP numbers. The world’s second largest economy continues to expand, but GDP has been softening, pointing to an economic slowdown. China reported that GDP had slowed to 6.6% in 2018, marking its lowest level since 1990. GDP for the fourth quarter dipped to 6.4%, compared to 6.5% in the previous quarter. The soft GDP release comes on the heels of soft trade and manufacturing data. A decline in China could send the Japanese economy into recession, as the export and manufacturing sectors are heavily dependent on Chinese demand.

The Trump administration has threatened further tariffs if a deal is not reached by March 1, but a second round of negotiations between the sides is scheduled for the end of the month in Washington. Chinese officials will be under pressure to show more flexibility in the talks, in order to stem the economic bleeding.

The Bank of Japan is expected to keep its monetary policy unchanged on Tuesday. The economy has been showing modest growth, and weak inflation means there is little pressure to raise interest rates. Still, policymakers have major headaches, including the global trade war and further signs that the Chinese economy is slowing down. Japan’s export and manufacturing sectors have weakened, and if the global economy takes a downturn, Japan could be hit with a recession. A negative side effect to prolonged low interest rates is that financial institutions have seen their profits fall, forcing some of them to make questionable loans in order to recoup lost profits. The BoJ has acknowledged the problem, but is unlikely to change course anytime soon.

China growth matches forecast [1]

Asia Open: What to watch this week; China data coming up first [2]

Risk appetite to be tested on geopolitical concerns [3]

USD/JPY Fundamentals

Monday (January 21)

Tuesday (January 22)

*All release times are EST

*Key events are in bold

USD/JPY for Monday, January 21, 2019

USD/JPY January 21 at 9:05 EST

Open: 109.77 High: 109.77 Low: 109.48 Close: 109.67

USD/JPY Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
106.88 108.11 109.37 110.28 110.95 111.83

USD/JPY inched lower in the Asian session and has been flat in the European session

Further levels in both directions:

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher [7]

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse [8]
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.