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MTrading Team • 2024-02-26

USDJPY bulls lack momentum as US, Japan inflation clues loom

USDJPY bulls lack momentum as US, Japan inflation clues loom

USDJPY rose in the last four consecutive weeks even if the US Dollar Index (DXY) snapped a five-week uptrend, amid an increase in the near-term US Treasury bond yields and chatters about a delay in the Bank of Japan’s (BoJ) delay in ending the ultra lose monetary policy. It’s worth noting, however, that the technical signals are against the Yen pair buyers as the nearly overbought RSI (14) line joins the bearish MACD conditions. Also challenging the upside momentum is the quote’s retreat from a week-old horizontal resistance around 150.80. Even if the pair crosses the immediate upside hurdle, he previous yearly high of 151.90 and an ascending resistance line from late December 2023, forming part of a rising wedge bearish chart formation near 153.80, will be tough nuts to crack for the bulls.

On the contrary, the USDJPY pair’s pullback remains elusive unless the price stays above the lower line of a 10-week-old rising wedge bearish chart formation’s bottom line, close to 149.80 at the latest. Following that, a quick fall to January’s top surrounding 148.80 can’t be ruled out. However, the 100-bar and 200-bar Exponential Moving Averages (EMAs) will test the Yen pair bears near 147.10 and 145.00 respectively before directing the quote toward the theoretical target of the rising wedge confirmation, namely around 139.40. It should be It should be observed that the 140.00 threshold and the mid-2023 swing low of near 137.25 act as additional downside filters to watch.

Overall, the USDJPY pair lacks upside momentum but the bears need confirmation from the short-term rising wedge chart formation before taking control. Also important are the initial inflation clues from Japan and the US.

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