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The Japanese Yen Soars After The BOJ Indicate Interest Rate Hikes!

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  • The Japanese Yen witnesses its strongest gains since December 2023. The USDJPY drops more than 0.70% within the first few hours of trading.
  • Japanese Yen is largely being driven by comments made by a key member of the Bank of Japan.
  • The Bank of Japan advise they are considering taking small steps away from negative interest rates.
  • US stocks decline away from the latest resistance level and trade 0.87% lower by end of day.

USDJPY –Bank of Japan Considering Steps Towards Higher Interest Rates

Many investors are looking to take advantage of the first clear indication that the Bank of Japan will look to take a more traditional stance on its policy. In other words, move away from negative interest rates. The Bank of Japan moved to negative interest rates in 2016 and since then the Yen has declined by 25% against the US Dollar and 40% against the Swiss Franc. The exchange rate is now trading at strong resistance levels from November 2023 and October 2022. However, the question now is if investors will continue investing in the Japanese Yen in the longer term?

The Yen’s advantages are its safe haven status and ability to mitigate risk away from the Dollar. Investors also note its current price is at an extremely “cheap” level compared to other options. For this reason, economists are evaluating whether investors will look to buy the Yen for the long-term considering the Bank of Japan may soon exit negative rates.

A key member of the Board of the Bank of Japan, Mr Takata, said to journalists, “It’s necessary to consider taking a nimble and flexible response, including on how to exit, or shift gear from the current extremely accommodative monetary policy”. Based on this, investors should not believe the BoJ will suddenly go on a hiking rampage or start hiking imminently. However, Mr Takata gave the first clear signal that the regulator will start hiking in 2024 to at least move away from negative rates.

Due to this the Japanese Yen rises against all currencies this morning and Japan’s 2-Year Bond Yield again renews its highs. The 2-Year Bond Yield now trades at 0.185% which is its highest level since 2011. The higher bonds yields can also support the currency and global interest in Japan’s Financial Service Market.

In addition to this, the Yen has also obtained further support from economic data this morning. Japan’s Retail Sales figure read 2.3%, higher than the 2.00% prediction. In addition to this, the Core CPI remained at 2.6%, again higher than expectations.

In terms of the US Dollar, the currency came under strain during the US Trading Session but kept to its previous price range. The currency came under slight pressure due to the Gross Domestic Product underachieving. The GDP data read 3.2% versus the 3.3% expected, however, investors should note the growth rate remains competitive. Investors are now mainly focusing on the PCE Price Index, which is a favourite of the Federal Open Market Committee. If the Index reads higher than 0.4%, rate cuts will start to feel like a far distance away. As a result, the Dollar potentially can rise, and stocks could possibly decline in the short to medium term.

USA100 – All Eyes On Today’s PCE Core Price Index

The NASDAQ continues to struggle for a fourth day as investors remain unsure on the future path of interest rates. In addition to this, investors should also note the weakness may partially be related to the end of the earnings season and due to its current high price.

The day’s price movement is likely to largely be dependent on today’s PCE Core Price Index. Analysts expect the index to read 0.4% which would be the highest since May 2023. If the index reads higher the USA100 can potentially experience significant pressure as interest rate cuts will seem a distant dream. However, if the data is lower, investors will be relieved and may re-enter at the current lower price.

Technical indicators’ signals are currently at the “neutral” level but are close to signalling a sell if the price continues to decline below $17,810. Lastly, investors will also be monitoring the performance of individual stocks within the NASDAQ. Of the top 30 influential stocks, only 3 rose in value on Wednesday indicating a clear downward trend for the day.

Michalis Efthymiou

Market Analyst

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