USD/JPY Feast or Famine? Bulls Eye Resistance

Japanese Yen Technical Price Outlook: USD/JPY Weekly Trade LevelsJapanese Yen technical trade levels update – Weekly ChartUSD/JPY rebound once again testing Fibonacci pivot zoneKey Near-term resistance at 109.68/92 – Support 107.76The Japanese Yen is virtually unchanged against the US Dollar since the start of the week with USD/JPY ranging just below a key resistance picot we’ve been tracking for weeks now. While the broader technical focus remains weighted to the topside, the immediate advance may be vulnerable while below this key threshold and we’re looking for possible inflection in the days ahead for guidance. These are the updated targets and invalidation levels that matter on the USD/JPY weekly price chart heading into tomorrow’s highly anticipated FOMC rate decision. Review my latest Weekly Strategy Webinar for an in-depth breakdown of this Yen technical setup and more.Japanese Yen Price Chart – USD/JPY WeeklyChart Prepared by Michael Boutros, Technical Strategist; USD/JPY on TradingviewNotes: In my last Japanese Yen Weekly Price Outlook (March) we noted that the USD/JPY rally was approaching a critical resistance zone at, “109.68/92– the immediate advance remains vulnerable while below this threshold near-term.” In classic yen fashion, prices surged higher the following week to register a high at 110.96 before reversing sharply lower with a three week decline rebounding last week off confluence support at the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement of the yearly range and the 2017 low-week close at 107.76/83. Note that the 25% parallel of the ascending pitchfork formation extending off the yearly low also converges on this zone and has even caught the past two intraweek lows. The recovery has now tested and responded to key resistance once again at the 2019 yearly open / 50% retracement of the 2016 decline at 109.68/92- we’re looking for possible inflection off this zone early in the month for guidance with the immediate recovery vulnerable while below. A topside breach / close above keeps the focus on the yearly high-week close at 110.64 backed by a more significant resistance confluence at the 2019/2020 high-week closes / 61.8% retracement at 111.60/98. A break / close sub-107.76 would risk a larger setback within the broader uptrend towards the 2019 low-week close at 106.24 with broader bullish invalidation at 105.79- both support levels of interest for possible downside exhaustion IF reached. For a complete breakdown of Michael’s trading strategy, review his Foundations of Technical Analysis series on Building a Trading StrategyBottom line: The USD/JPY rally is once again approaching resistance at a key infection zone at 109.68/92. From a trading standpoint, a good region to reduce long-exposure / raise protective stop – be on the lookout for possible topside exhaustion. Ultimately, a larger setback may offer more favorable opportunities closer to uptrend support with a breach above 110.64 needed to mark resumption. I’ll publish an updated Japanese Yen Price Outlook once we get further clarity on the near-term USD/JPY technical trade levels – I’ll be discussing this setup in tomorrow’s Mid-Week Market Update Webinar.Japanese Yen Trader Sentiment – USD/JPY Price ChartA summary of IG Client Sentiment shows traders are net-long USD/JPY – the ratio stands at +1.17 (53.83% of traders are long) – weak bearish/neutral readingLong positions are12.61% higher than yesterday and 21.88% lower from last weekShort positions are 0.82% higher than yesterday and 0.14% higher from last weekWe typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests USD/JPY prices may continue to fall. Traders are more net-long than yesterday but less net-long from last week. The combination of current positioning and recent changes gives us a further mixed USD/JPY trading bias from a sentiment standpoint. —Key US / Japan Data ReleasesEconomic Calendar – latest economic developments and upcoming event risk.Previous Weekly Technical Charts— Written by Michael Boutros, Technical Currency Strategist with DailyFXFollow Michael on Twitter @MBForex
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