USD/JPY is forecasted to trade in lower range, undermined by profit-taking on the yen shorts as caution prevails while G-20 members meet in Moscow today and Saturday. USD/JPY is also weighed by unwinding of JPY-funded carry trades amid diminished investor risk appetite as global growth concerns rise after Japan’s fourth-quarter gross domestic product unexpectedly shrank 0.1% on quarter and euro-zone fourth-quarter GDP contracted a more-than-expected 0.6%, Japan exports sales, positions adjustment before U.S. long weekend (U.S. markets will close for Presidents’ Day Monday). But risk sentiment soothed by lower-than-expected U.S. weekly jobless claims of 341,000 (versus 360,000 forecast). USD/JPY losses are also tempered by demand from Japan importers and investment trusts, aggressive Bank of Japan monetary easing policy to achieve 2% inflation target. USD/JPY daily chart is negatively biased as stochastics is falling from overbought area, MACD staged bearish crossover against its exponential moving average, bearish parabolic stop-and-reverse signal hit at 92.76 Thursday.
Sell below 92.9 with targets at 92.1 and 91.75 in extension.
S1 – 92.1
S2 – 91.75
S3 – 91.61 (Feb. 1 low)
Buy above 92.9. Above 92.9 look for further upside with 93.6 and 93.85 as targets.
R1 – 93.6
R2 – 93.85
R3 – 94.41-94.46 (Tuesday’s high-Monday’s two-and-a-half year high)
Technically, the RSI is below its neutrality area at 50.
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