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MTrading Team • 2024-01-04

USDJPY defends falling wedge breakout above 143.00, eyes further upside

USDJPY defends falling wedge breakout above 143.00, eyes further upside

USDJPY remains dicey around 143.30 as traders await the key US employment clues early Thursday, after rising in the last two consecutive days. In doing so, the Yen pair floats above the 100-SMA while keeping the early week’s confirmation of a bullish chart formation, namely the falling wedge. It’s worth noting that the overbought RSI and cautious mood ahead of the key US data could have stopped the pair buyers. However, the falling wedge confirmation and bullish MACD signals join the 100-SMA breakout to suggest the quote’s further advances toward the mid-December swing high of around 145.00. Following that, the 200-SMA hurdle surrounding the 145.50 will be the last defense of the pair bears before giving to the bull, who in turn could aim for November’s bottom of nearly 146.70.

Meanwhile, intraday selling can be witnessed on a downside break of the 100-SMA, close to the 143.00 threshold. In that case, the aforementioned wedge’s top line, around 141.20, will gain the USDJPY seller’s attention. Following that, the recent bottom of 140.25, the 140.00 psychological magnet and the wedge’s bottom line near 139.90 will act as the final stops for the bears before allowing them to aim for the late July swing low of around 138.00.

Overall, the USDJPY pair is likely to reverse the late 2023 fall but the recovery needs validation from the US data and the 200-SMA.

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