USD/JPY – Japanese yen listless on Equinox holiday

It continues to be a quiet week for USD/JPY. In Wednesday’s North American session, the pair is trading at 111.41, down 0.02% on the day. Japanese banks are closed for a holiday. On Tuesday, the BoJ released the minutes of its January meeting. In the U.S., the Federal Reserve releases its monthly rate statement.

The global trade war has weighed on the Japanese economy, and the government downgraded its outlook for the economy in the March report, for the first time in three years. The manufacturing and export sectors have been particularly hard-hit. The report added that current economic headwinds could continue for some time. Given the challenging economic conditions, the Bank of Japan is unlikely to change its ultra-accommodative policy anytime soon. The economy remains fragile, but could receive a big boost if the U.S. and China bury the hatchet and reach a deal which removes the tariffs which have damaged the Japanese economy.

All eyes are will be on the Federal Reserve, which holds a policy meeting on Wednesday. The Fed is widely expected to maintain the benchmark rate at a range between 2.25 – 2.50 percent. Investors will be expecting the Fed to play a dovish tune in the March rate statement. The Fed’s balance sheet will also be under scrutiny, with the policymakers expected to announce when they will stop reducing the $4 billion balance sheet. The Fed has been reducing assets by $50 billion a month, but there has been criticism that this tightening is choking economic growth. The Fed will also publish its new dot plot, which is used to convey its interest rate outlook.

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USD/JPY Fundamentals

Tuesday (March 19)

  • 10:00 US Factory Orders. Estimate 0.3%. Actual 0.1%
  • 19:50 BoJ Monetary Policy Meeting Minutes

Wednesday (March 20)

  • 14:00 US FOMC Economic Projections
  • 14:00 US FOMC Statement
  • 14:00 US Federal Funds Rate. Estimate <2.50%
  • 14:00 US FOMC Press Conference

*All release times are EST

*Key events are in bold

USD/JPY for Wednesday, March 20, 2019

USD/JPY March 19 at 10:20 DST

Open: 111.43 High: 111.47 Low: 111.16 Close: 111.41

USD/JPY Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
109.37 110.28 110.90 112.16 112.93 113.70

USD/JPY posted slight gains in the Asian session but gave up most of these gains in European trade. The pair is showing limited movement in North American trade

  • 110.90 is providing support
  • 112.16 is the next resistance line
  • Current range: 110.90 to 112.16

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 110.90, 110.28, 109.37 and 108.11
  • Above: 112.16, 112.93 and 113.70

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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.