USD/JPY – Investor angst boosts safe-haven yen

USD/JPY is almost unchanged on Friday. In the North American session, the pair is trading at 109.60, up 0.01% on the day. On the release front, Japanese National Core CPI improved to 0.9%, matching the forecast. The All Industries Activity indicator declined 0.4%, marking a fifth successive decline. In the U.S., the markets are braced for weak durables reports. Durable goods orders is expected to decline 2.0% in April, after a strong gain of 2.7% in March. The core reading is expected to slow to 0.1%, down from 0.4% in the previous release.

The Japanese yen thrives off high risk apprehension, and the currency took full advantage of investor jitters on Thursday. USD/JPY declined 0.70%, its sharpest decline since mid-March. Trade tensions between the U.S. and China have escalated, and a trade deal between the two super-economies has not materialized, despite assurances from U.S. officials that substantial progress has been made. China has reacted angrily to U.S. sanctions on Huawei and has suspended trade talks with the U.S. The spike in tensions has weighed on global stock markets, and nervous investors have flocked to safe-haven assets, such as the Japanese yen.

Patience, please! This has been the mantra in 2019 from the Federal Reserve. The minutes of the May policy meeting underscored that the Fed has no plans to change interest rates anytime soon. Although Fed members sounded more optimistic about economic growth, they remain committed to maintaining current rate levels, given that inflation remains low. Despite the Fed message, the markets expect at least one rate cut in 2019. The CME Group has priced in a 36% likelihood of a 25-point basis cut at the September meeting. The possibility of lower U.S. rates makes the greenback less attractive to investors, which could bode well for the yen.

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USD/JPY Fundamentals

Thursday (May 23)

  • 19:30 Japanese National Core CPI. Estimate 0.9%. Actual 0.9%

Friday (May 24)

  • 00:30 Japanese All Industries Activity. Estimate -0.1%. Actual -0.4%
  • 8:30 US Core Durable Goods Orders. Estimate 0.1%
  • 8:30 US Durable Goods Orders. Estimate -2.0%

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

USD/JPY for Friday, May 24, 2019

USD/JPY May 24 at 8:15 DST

Open: 109.61 High: 109.75 Low: 109.46 Close: 109.60

USD/JPY Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
108.10 108.70 109.35 110.40 111.15 112.40

USD/JPY showed limited movement in Asian trade and has ticked higher in the European session

  • 109.35 is providing support
  • 110.40 is the next resistance line
  • Current range: 109.35 to 110.40

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 109.35, 108.70, 108.10 and 107.50
  • Above: 110.40, 111.15 and 112.40

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Market Analyst at OANDA
A highly experienced financial market analyst with a focus on fundamental analysis, Kenneth Fisher’s daily commentary covers a broad range of markets including forex, equities and commodities. His work has been published in several major online financial publications including, Seeking Alpha and FXStreet. Based in Israel, Kenny has been a MarketPulse contributor since 2012.
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