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Fading Recession Perceptions See Moderate USDJPY Move


USD/JPY Analysis

  • Risk assets rally after FOMC on encouraging disinflation admission, appearing to ignore the warnings that accompanied it
  • Narrowing rate differential suggests USD/JPY trend continuation
  • USD/JPY technical analysis and levels to watch ahead of NFP data
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Risk Assets Rally After FOMC Inflation Admission

Jerome Powell had a lot to say during the press conference after last night’s FOMC decision to hike the Federal Funds rate by 25 basis points. He stressed that inflationary risks remain despite encouraging disinflation witnessed in most sectors. Powell was rather forthcoming in the presser and referred to his dissatisfaction with ‘core services ex-housing’, which is yet to ease in a satisfactory manner.

Risk assets witnessed an immediate rise after the address while the US 10-year treasury yield and the dollar continued to move lower as rates markets continue to bet against the Fed, anticipating an end to restrictive monetary policy before the Fed does.

Asset Performance After FOMC: Gold(yellow), Bitcoin (orange), DXY (green), US 10-year yield (red)

Source: Refinitiv, prepared by Richard Snow

Narrowing Rate Differential Suggests USD/JPY Trend Continuation

As markets anticipate lower interest rates as early as the second half of this year, bond yields received another nudge lower. With the Bank of Japan holding the 10-year government bond yield at 0.5%, the declining US equivalent continues to narrow the rate differential, which speaks to a bearish continuation in USD/JPY.

USD/JPY Daily Chart (blue) with Rate Differential (Black) Compared


Source: TradingView, prepared by Richard Snow

USD/JPY Technical Analysis

Ahead of the FOMC event, USD/JPY traded higher, towards the down sloping trendline resistance and turned lower thereafter. The magnitude of the move, in comparison with other major FX fairs against the dollar, was rather muted – perhaps indicative of the massive declines we have already seen.

The MACD reveals upside momentum has not yet shifted and price action this morning appears flat. Greater conviction of a bearish trend continuation is achieved should we trade below the January low and the 127.00/126.95 level. Resistance neatly resides at the intersection of the trendline resistance and the 129.40, followed by 131.35.

USD/JPY Daily Chart


Source: TradingView, prepared by Richard Snow

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— Written by Richard Snow for DailyFX.com

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