USDJPY prints a three-day losing streak as it slides to the lowest level in three weeks amid early Monday. In doing so, the Yen pair justifies the previous day’s downside break of the 150.00 support confluence comprising the 200-SMA and a 2.5-month-old bullish channel’s lower line. Adding strength to the downside bias are bearish MACD signals. However, the oversold RSI (14) line appears to challenge the south-run of late. With this, the 50% and 61.8% Fibonacci retracements of September-November upside, near 148.20 and 147.30 respectively, act as strong challenges for the sellers. Following that, the quote becomes vulnerable to plunge towards the 78.6% Fibonacci ratio of 145.90 and then to September’s low of 144.43.
On the flip side, the USDJPY pair’s recovery needs validation from the 150.00 support-turned-resistance confluence. In a case where the Yen buyers manage to keep the reins past 150.00, the last swing high surrounding 151.45 and the monthly peak of 151.90, as well as the previous yearly top of near 151.95, will test the bulls before allowing them to prod the 152.00 psychological magnet. It should, however, be noted that the pair’s successful trading above 152.00 will enable it to challenge the June 1990 top surrounding 155.80.
To sum up, USDJPY is likely to witness further downside but the fall appears slow beyond 147.30.