Technical Analysis

USD/JPY Price Analysis – Jan 25, 2024

By LonghornFX Technical Analysis
Jan 25, 20244 min

Daily Price Outlook 

The USD/JPY currency pair extended its upward trend and remained well bid around the $148.00 level. However, the reason for its downward trend could be linked to the risk-on sentiment in the market, which tends to undermine the safe-haven JPY and contributes to USD/JPY gains. Furthermore, the bullish US dollar, supported by upbeat US data, was seen as another key factor that kept the USD/JPY pair higher. Apart from this, the recent widening of the US-Japan rate differential further undermined the JPY and lifted the USD/JPY pair back closer to the 148.00 mark.

Bank of Japan's Policy Signals and Economic Factors Pose Challenges for USD/JPY Pair

It's worth noting that the Japanese Yen (JPY) faced some challenges, but its downside is limited due to the Bank of Japan's (BoJ) more positive stance, hinting at potential stimulus and interest rate changes. Despite hitting a one-week high, the JPY weakened due to various factors. BoJ Governor Kazuo Ueda signaled a shift in monetary policy, and Japan's business leaders called for wage hikes, potentially leading to the BoJ easing its ultra-easy monetary policy. Meanwhile, Japan's top currency diplomat, Masato Kanda, emphasizes the government's watch on central bank decisions and the importance of stable currency exchange rates reflecting economic fundamentals.

Therefore, this news suggests potential challenges for the USD/JPY pair as the Bank of Japan considers stimulus and interest rate changes. BoJ's positive stance and signals of policy shifts could influence the pair's dynamics.

China's Stimulus and Strong US Data Propel USD/JPY to Gains in Upbeat Market

Furthermore, the upbeat mood in the market received a boost as the People's Bank of China revealed a 50 basis points reduction in the Reserve Requirement Ratio starting February 5, aimed at bolstering the economy. Hence, the risk-on market sentiment undermined the safe-haven JPY and contributed to USD/JPY gains. Meanwhile, the yield on the 10-year US government bond surged close to the monthly peak, backed by positive US data, supporting the US Dollar and the USD/JPY pair. Notably, the S&P Global flash US Manufacturing PMI rose from 47.9 to a 15-month high of 50.3 in January, with the services sector gauge reaching 52.9, its highest since last June. The flash US Composite PMI Output Index also climbed to 52.3, signaling a robust start for the US economy in 2024.

Thus, the news of China's Reserve Requirement Ratio reduction and strong US data boosted USD/JPY as risk-on sentiment weakened JPY, supporting the pair's gains.

USD/JPY Price Chart – Source: Tradingview
USD/JPY Price Chart – Source: Tradingview

USD/JPY - Technical Analysis

The USD/JPY pair, as of January 25, is experiencing a slight uptick, currently trading at 147.778, marking a 0.17% rise. The pair's trajectory is framed by a key pivot point at 147.29, which serves as a critical indicator of its immediate directional bias.

On the resistance front, the pair faces several key levels: the first at 149.67, followed by 151.31 and a more distant threshold at 153.69. These points could pose significant challenges to bullish advances. Conversely, support levels are found at 145.76, 143.38, and 141.86, offering potential floors that could halt further declines.

The Relative Strength Index (RSI) stands at 51, suggesting a neutral market stance with no clear overbought or oversold conditions. The Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) shows a value of -0.089 with the signal line at -0.019, indicating a possible shift in momentum but without a definitive directional bias. The 50-Day Exponential Moving Average (EMA), at 147.65, hovers around the current price, further emphasizing the market’s indecision.

Given these technical insights, the overall trend for USD/JPY appears neutral with a slight bullish inclination. A cautious approach could involve setting a buy limit at 147.300, targeting profits at 148.776, and placing a stop loss at 146.396 to mitigate risk.

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