USD/JPY Trading Near Make-or-Break Levels

Key Highlights

  • The US Dollar started a decent recovery from 106.80 against the Japanese Yen.
  • USD/JPY is facing a strong resistance near 108.20 and a bearish trend line on the 4-hours chart.
  • The US GDP in Q1 2019 grew 3.1%, similar to the market expectation.
  • The US Personal Income in May 2019 could rise 0.4% (MoM), more than the last +0.3%.

USDJPY Technical Analysis

After a significant decline, the US Dollar found support near 106.80 against the Japanese Yen. The USD/JPY pair started a short term recovery and recently climbed above the 107.50 resistance.

USDJPY Technical Analysis US Dollar Japanese Yen

Looking at the 4-hours chart, the pair managed to climb above the 107.65 pivot level and the 50% Fib retracement level of the downward move from the 108.72 high to 106.77 low.

The pair even spiked towards the 108.00 level, but the 100 simple moving average (red, 4-hours) acted as a strong resistance. It seems like the pair is facing a major hurdle near 108.20 and a bearish trend line on the same chart.

The 76.4% Fib retracement level of the downward move from the 108.72 high to 106.77 low is also near the 108.22 level. Therefore, a successful follow through above the trend line and the 100 SMA is needed for further gains.

Conversely, if USD/JPY fails to move above the 108.20 resistance, there could be a fresh decline. An initial support is near the 107.50 level, below which the pair may revisit the 107.00 level.

Fundamentally, the US Gross Domestic Product Annualized reading was released by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis. The market was looking for a 3.1% growth in Q1 2019.

The actual result was similar to the forecast, as the US GDP grew 3.1% in Q1 2019, according to the “third” estimate. Looking at the real gross domestic income (GDI), there was a 0.1% rise in Q1 2019, compared with an increase of 0.5% in the fourth quarter.

US GDP Q1 2019

The report added:

The average of real GDP and real GDI, a supplemental measure of U.S. economic activity that equally weights GDP and GDI, increased 2.1 percent in the first quarter, compared with an increase of 1.3 percent in the fourth quarter.

Overall, USD/JPY is trading near a crucial resistance area, whereas EUR/USD and GBP/USD are trading nicely above key supports.

Economic Releases to Watch Today

  • UK GDP for Q1 2019 (QoQ) – Forecast +0.5%, versus +0.5% previous.
  • Euro Zone CPI for June 2019 (YoY) (Prelim) – Forecast +1.2%, versus +1.2% previous.
  • Euro Zone Core CPI for June 2019 (YoY) (Prelim) – Forecast +1.0%, versus +0.8% previous.
  • US Personal Income for May 2019 (MoM) – Forecast +0.4%, versus +0.3% previous.
  • Chicago Purchasing Manager’s Index for June 2019 – Forecast 53.1, versus 54.0 previous.


Aayush Jindal

Aayush is a Senior Forex, Cryptocurrencies and Financial Market Strategist with a background in IT and financial markets. He specialises in market strategies and technical analysis, and has spent over a decade as a financial markets contributor and observer. He possesses strong technical analytical skills and is well known for his entertaining and informative analysis of the currency, commodities, Bitcoin and Ethereum markets.

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