USD/JPY – Yen Improves As Shutdown Grips US

The yen continues to post gains against the US dollar on Wednesday. In the European session, the pair is trading in the mid-97 range. The US government shutdown is now its second day, as Republicans and Democrats continue to spar over how to end the budget crisis. In economic news, Japanese Monetary Base continues to rise and beat the estimate. Over in the US, the ISM Manufacturing PMI looked solid on Tuesday, beating the estimate. Wednesday’s key event is the ADP Non-Farm Employment Change. The markets are expecting very little change from the September release. Later today, we’ll hear from Federal Reserve Chair Bernard Bernanke and FOMC member Eric Rosengren. There are no Japanese releases on Wednesday.

In Japan, the Monetary Base continues to rise, climbing from 42.0% in August to 46.1% in September. This beat the estimate of 45.3%. There was good news earlier in the week from the well-respected Tankan indexes. The Tankan Manufacturing Index jumped from 4 to 12 points, easily beating the estimate of 7 points. The Tankan Non-Manufacturing Index also rose, rising from 12 to 14 points, matching the forecast. This was the best showing for both indicators since November 2007, and is further indication that the Japanese economy continues to pick up steam.

The US shutdown continues, as Congress remains in a partisan deadlock over how to come to some agreement over the federal budget. With the government lacking funds to operate, it has been forced to close non-essential services and send almost a million government workers home. The Republicans and Democrats are entrenched in their positions, but public pressure may force the politicians to get their act together quickly. If things are resolved sometime this week, it will have been more of a nuisance than a crisis. However, a much more serious crisis could occur in two weeks if Congress doesn’t reach an agreement on raising the debt ceiling. If that happens, the Treasury would be unable to pay all of its bills and the economic fallout could be tremendous.

The Federal Reserve surprised the markets in September when it didn’t taper QE, and the next dates to circle are October 29- 30, when the Fed holds its next policy meeting. Employment data will be an important factor in the Fed’s decision, and the US will release ADP Non-Farm Payrolls later on Wednesday. The all-important Non-Farm Payrolls, due for release on Friday, faces cancellation if the government shutdown continues.


USD/JPY for Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Forex Rate Graph 21/1/13

USD/JPY October 2 at 11:10 GMT

USD/JPY 97.42 H: 98.08 L: 97.36


USD/JPY Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
95.06 96.00 97.18 97.83 98.43 99.45


  • USD/JPY continues to lose ground in Wednesday trading. The pair has been dropping steadily since the Asian session.
  • The pair is testing resistance at 97.83. This weak line could see further activity during the day. This is followed by resistance at 98.43.
  • On the downside, USD/JPY continues to receive support at 97.18. This is a weak line and could fall if the yen continues to improve. This is followed by the round number of 96.00.
  • Current range: 97.18 to 97.83


Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 97.18, 96.00, 95.06 and 94.20
  • Above: 97.83, 98.43, 99.45, 100, 100.85 and 101.66


OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

USD/JPY ratio has reversed direction and is showing little change in Wednesday trading. This is not reflective of what we are currently seeing from the pair, as the yen continues to improve at the expense of the US dollar.

The yen continues to pressure the US dollar, as USD/JPY trades in the mid-97 range. We could see the yen post more gains today if there are no positive developments in the US budget crisis. As well, the US releases key employment data later today, and this could affect the movement of the pair if the reading is not in line with market expectations.


USD/JPY Fundamentals

  • 12:15 US ADP Non-Farm Employment Change. Estimate 177K.
  • 14:30 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate 2.4M.
  • 16:00 US FOMC Member Eric Rosengren Speaks. Rosengren is dovish in stance.
  • 19:30 US Federal Reserve Chairman Bernard Bernanke Speaks.


*Key releases are highlighted in bold

*All release times are GMT


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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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