YEN and Nikkei, Slip Sliding Away

The USDJPY, Yen crosses, and the NIKKEI under relentless pressure today as position squaring and possible disappointments take their toll.


The hype over Japan stimuli seems to be fading fast into Friday’s BoJ meeting. Various officials have been out on the wires this morning and overnight and the general tone seems to be one of less is more rather than a big bang.

This continued to weigh on USD/JPY and JPY/Crosses in the Asia session. Following on from my thoughts Friday, USD/JPY fell out of bed this morning as pre-central bank meeting liquidity deteriorates. USD/JPY broke the New York lows at 105.75 and dropped 100 pips in quick succession, to 104.75, triggering stop losses and more pain on the Yen crosses.

The headline below seems to have been the nail in the coffin of a nervous market,

10:30 (JP) Japan PM Abe: To maintain FY20 fiscal target – Govt sees FY20 nominal GDP at ¥583T assuming economic growth- Will not reach nominal GDP target of ¥600T in FY24 if economic growth maintains current pace. – Source

The Government’s central fiscal 2020 target is to achieve a budget surplus under the grand Abenomics plan. The parlous state of government finances does erode their ability to come out with a “king hit” stimulus package. With the FOMC unlikely to come to the rescue with a rate hike, the cold realisation we may be in for disappointment sees short JPY positioning taken off the board before the Bank of Japan meeting.

The NIKKEI is also suffering down 1.44% as we speak.


Daily support at 104.45 broken as I write with nothing until 103.17, previous double top and Ichimoko  conversion line. Resistance way above now around 105.75, the New York lows.






Leading the way down 200 points on the session. GBP/JPY was already wobbling overnight following a Guardian newspaper story warning a major high street bank was preparing to introduce negative interest rates on business accounts.

Guardian Article

GBP/JPY daily support at 137.30 has broken, and a daily close under here opens 133.60 on the charts. Daily resistance at 139.00 seems a very long way away right now.




Did not pass go at all overnight. Closing on the New York low around 116.25 and heading straight down into Asia as a soft EUR weighs in combination. Daily support lies at 113.60.





Remains “in the clouds” so to speak. In this case the daily Ichi moko cloud. Resistance comes in around the trendline at 79.00 and then 79.40.
Support at 78.14, bottom of the cloud and then 77.40.




Another double whammy with XAUUSD softer as general USD strength continues. From the highs of 141750 a week ago we are trading at 137650 presently. The 100-day moving average sits below at 137150 with the top of the daily cloud at 135750.




Finally turning to the Nikkei. More headlines adding to the general negative sentiment leaves the Nikkei hovering at daily support having fallen into the Ichi moko cloud and broken the 100-day moving average at 16470 already this session.

12:21 (JP) Japan Fin Min Aso: Govt yet to decide on size of stimulus spending; Still considering appropriate amount – financial press – Source

Support is right here at 16385, previous daily lows and then 16175 cloud base. The 100 DMA at 16470, top of cloud at 16560 and former triple bottom around 16600 leave a lot of wood to chop topside.


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Jeffrey Halley

Jeffrey Halley

Senior Market Analyst, Asia Pacific, from 2016 to August 2022
With more than 30 years of FX experience – from spot/margin trading and NDFs through to currency options and futures – Jeffrey Halley was OANDA’s Senior Market Analyst for Asia Pacific, responsible for providing timely and relevant macro analysis covering a wide range of asset classes.

He has previously worked with leading institutions such as Saxo Capital Markets, DynexCorp Currency Portfolio Management, IG, IFX, Fimat Internationale Banque, HSBC and Barclays.

A highly sought-after analyst, Jeffrey has appeared on a wide range of global news channels including Bloomberg, BBC, Reuters, CNBC, MSN, Sky TV and Channel News Asia as well as in leading print publications such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others.

He was born in New Zealand and holds an MBA from the Cass Business School.
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