Gold Pops Back Above $1175/oz

By Fast Brokers – Gold has strengthened well from Friday’s selloff, popping back above the psychological $1175/oz level as the EUR/USD and AUD/USD move higher.  Investors seeming to be brushing aside the Dubai debt issue, and are reacting by challenging 1100 again in the S&P.  Gold is finding comfort in the preference for risk amid an increase in global uncertainty.  That being said, there are quite a few key data releases coming from China, the UK, and the U.S. over the next 24 hours which could move the markets.  Therefore, gold may be looking to the upcoming fundamental releases before deciding whether to tackle $1200/oz, or submit to recent downside pressure resulting from risk-aversion and profit-taking.  Regardless, gold’s impressive uptrend is alive and well with multiple positive technical forces working in its favor.

Gold has quite a few uptrend lines in place and the $1150/oz level could prove to be a technical cushion along with 11/27 and 11/17 lows should they be tested.  As for the topside, we’re unable to place a downtrend line until we have a bit more track record to use.  Therefore, the $1175 and $1200/oz levels serve as technical barriers along with 11/26 highs.  For the time being, investors should monitor the EUR/USD’s interaction with our trend lines along with the S&P’s ability to climb back above 1100.  A breakout in either could help boost gold due to correlative forces.

Present Price: $1176.70/oz

Resistances: $1178.54/oz, $1182.37/oz, $1186.5/oz, $1194.82/oz

Supports: $1173.02/oz, $1170.16/oz, $1165.57/oz, $1161.90/oz, $1156.88/oz, $1149.37/oz

Psychological: $1175/oz, $1200/oz, $1150/oz

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USD/JPY Fights to Get Back Above December 2008 Lows

By Fast Brokers – The USD/JPY is consolidating well above Friday lows after tipping over in reaction to the news from Dubai combined with last week’s solid Japanese econ data.  Meanwhile, the USD/JPY is fighting to get back above December 2008 lows as U.S. equities and crude turn positive.  Japan’s Industrial Production number came in well below analyst expectations, allowing investors to buoy the Yen against the Dollar.  Although neither the BoJ nor the Finance Ministry have made any more aggressive comments in regards to an intervention, it seems investors are already pricing in the potential of governmental action considering how close the USD/JPY is getting to its all-time lows.  For the time being, we’ll just have to wait and see how investors decide to move forward with the Dubai debt issue in succession with key econ data from China, the U.S. and UK.  China will release its Manufacturing PMI data late Monday EST followed by an RBA rate decision.  On Tuesday investors will receive HPI and PMI data from the UK followed by America’s own Manufacturing PMI release.  Therefore, the FX markets could be in for an active 24 hours.  Should the approaching wave of econ data print positively, investors may be willing to wade back into the risk trade while balancing the USD/JPY.  However, negative fundamental results could add onto the negative psychological impact from Dubai and unwind the risk trade, sending the USD/JPY lower as a result.

Technically speaking, 85 appears to be the new psychological benchmark with 90 hanging far overhead.  It’s a bit troublesome to place supports on our chart right now due to limited historical reference.  However, we can tell you that the 82.50-85 area proved to be a strong support area during the Spring/Summer of 1995.  Therefore, the USD/JPY could experience similar support should the currency pair’s the downturn continue.  As for the topside, there are multiple downtrend lines serving as technical barriers as the long-term downtrend bears down on price.  Therefore, the USD/JPY will likely need strong support from the bulls to stage a noteworthy rally.

Present Price: 86.55

Resistances: 86.57, 86.81, 87.04, 87.22, 87.46, 87.72, 87.82

Supports: 86.34, 86.20, 85.99, 85.74, 85.51, 85.22, 84.84, 84.60

Psychological: 85, 80, 90

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GBP/USD Drifts Lower as Investors Digest Dubai

By Fast Brokers – As with the EUR/USD, the GBP/USD recovered well from Friday lows considering the uncertainty surrounding Dubai’s debt situation.  Although analysts are still trying to clarify the details of what has occurred, the Cable managed to piece together a solid rally back above our 1st tier uptrend line.  However, the GBP/USD is drifting lower again after the bounce topped off at our 2nd tier downtrend line and 10/29 highs.  The Pound is still experiencing relative weakness, highlighted by today’s solid performance thus far by the EUR/GBP.  The Pound’s weakness stems from both GfK Consumer Confidence and Net Lending to Individuals printing below analyst expectations.  Additionally, BoE Governor King’s latest comments regarding the central bank’s present monetary stance were a bit more opaque than what investors were looking for.  As a result, the Cable is being dragged lower while investors figure out where to send this market as the Dubai situation unfolds.

Meanwhile, the data train will keep on rolling with China’s Manufacturing PMI late Monday EST followed by the RBA’s monetary policy decision.  A strong China PMI number coupled with a hawkish stance by the RBA could help turn the Cable and the risk trade around.  Britain will release Manufacturing PMI data of its own on Tuesday coupled with Nationwide and HPI numbers.  Nationwide was recently a bit cautious concerning its outlook for UK housing prices in 2010, therefore it will be interesting to see how tomorrow’s HPI release turns out.

Technically speaking, the Cable’s more critical technical levels seem to be previous November lows along with our 1st tier uptrend line.  Hence, the Cable’s pop from Friday lows have helped create some breathing room to the downside.  Our 1st tier uptrend line runs through October lows, meaning a failure of our 1st tier could potentially result in a retracement towards the 1.57 area.  As for the topside, the Cable faces multiple downtrend lines along with 11/25 highs and the psychological 1.65 level.  Hence, there are quite a few near-term topside obstacles, and the immediate-term goal for bulls will likely be continued stabilization with a topside preference.

Present Price: 1.6446

Resistances: 1.6468, 1.6489, 1.6532, 1.6568, 1.6596, 1.6634, 1.6673

Supports: 1.6409, 1.6359, 1.6327, 1.6301, 1.6285, 1.6251, 1.6235

Psychological: 1.65, November Lows and Highs

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EUR/USD Fluctuates Around 1.50

By Fast Brokers – The EUR/USD has recovered well from Friday lows, propelling from our 2nd tier downtrend line before fading beneath Wednesday highs.  The EUR/USD is now hovering back around its highly psychological 1.50 level as investors continue to dissect news concerning Dubai.  Regardless, the currency pair is back in its safe zone following Friday’s scare and the EU econ data wire is relatively quiet until Thursday’s ECB meeting.  Although Trichet and the ECB have used more aggressive language in regards to their intent to begin winding down some alternative liquidity measures, there is a bit of uncertainty concerning how the ECB will behave come Thursday due to the incident in Dubai coupled with mixed global econ data.  That being said, the ECB did release a Flash CPI today which was one basis point hotter than expected (0.6% vs. 0.5%).  Therefore, consumer prices seem to be picking back up with all of the liquidity washing around.  The EU will also release German Retail Sales tomorrow along with Germany’s Unemployment Change and the headline EU Unemployment Rate.  These data points follow potential market movers in the form of China’s Manufacturing PMI and the RBA’s monetary policy decision.  As a result, we could see activity heat up in the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the Euro’s present relative strength is helping the currency pair hold up strong around its 1.50 level while creating some space between present price and our uptrend lines.  Last Wednesday’s surge past October lows was a very bullish move, allowing the EUR/USD to weather the Dubai storm thus far.  As a result, both the EUR/GBP and EUR/AUD are performing rather well.  However, the EUR/USD may be forced to follow suit should equities and other major Dollar crosses take a turn for the worst.  That being said, investors should keep an eye out for our 1st tier uptrend line should it be tested.  Our 1st tier runs through November lows.  Hence, a movement below the 1st tier may indicate a more protracted pullback towards the 1.460 area.  As for the topside, the EUR/USD faces our 3rd tier downtrend line along with previous November highs the psychological 1.50 level.

Present Price: 1.5000

Resistances: 1.5021, 1.5036, 1.5049, 1.5071, 1.5082, 1.5097, 1.5117

Supports: 1.4992, 1.4979, 1.4961, 1.4937, 1.4920, 1.4903

Psychological: 1.50, November Highs and Lows

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USD/JPY Freefall Bottoms Out

By Anton Eljwizat -The USD/JPY pair has experienced much bearishness in the last few days as it currently trades at 86.30. The current bearish trend is expected to come to an end anytime soon, and a bullish correction may be in the making. I will illustrate below that the USD/JPY may very well be heading for a reversal. Traders are strongly advised to take advantage of the trend at an early stage.

• The chart below is the USD/JPY daily chart by ForexYard.

• The indicators used are the Slow Stochastic and RSI.

• Point 1: There is a “doji” candlestick that has formed on the chart, indicating that a reversal should take place.

• Point 2: The Slow Stochastic indicates a bullish cross, signaling that the next move may be in an upward direction.

• Point 3: The RSI is testing the lower border at the 0 mark, which may signal an upward movement is going to occur in the near future.

USD/JPY Daily Chart

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U.S Non-Farm Payrolls Week Begins

Source: ForexYard

As the Crises in Dubai created some volatility in the market approaching the weekend, the affect of this story appears to have eased at the moment. Currently the most important data this week looks to be the U.S Non-Farm Employment Change expected on Friday. This publication usually creates unique opportunities to make profits, and traders should take advantage.

Economic News

USD – Dollar Continues to Slide

After showing some signs of recovery, the Dollar continued to drop during last week’s session. The Dollar most significant drops were against the Yen and the Euro. The EUR/USD pair is once again trading above the 1.50 level.

The Dollar saw a downtrend despite relatively positive data published from the U.S. economy. The Existing Home Sales rose by 10.1% in October, as 6.10M residential buildings were sold during this month. Also, last week the Consumer Confidence survey rose from 47.7 in October, to 49.5 in November. This states that U.S. citizens are regaining confidence in their financial security, and thus feel safer to consume. It seems that the positive data from the U.S. economy has turned investors on to higher-yielding assets such as the Euro and the Yen. The main catalyst for this is that the global economies including the Euro-Zone and Japan are relying on their export to the U.S, and thus, if the financial condition in the U.S. will improve, it is likely to have a positive impact on these economies as well. However in the long-term, a continuous stream of positive data from the U.S economy is likely to support the Dollar.

As for the week ahead, many impacting news events are expected, yet the most significant one is likely to be the Non-Farm Payrolls, on Friday. This is one of the most exciting publications, and has the deepest affect on the market, and traders shouldn’t miss out on it. Traders should also focus on the ADP forecast for this indicator on Wednesday, as it has the potential to shake the market as well.

EUR – Interest Rates Announcement Expected This Week

The Euro continued to strengthen against most of the major currencies during last week’s trading session. Despite a mild drop against the Yen, the Euro soared against the Dollar and the Pound.

The Euro rose following a batch of positive data published from the Euro-Zone. The positive publications from the German and French economies have boosted the Euro in particular. The German Business Climate survey rose from 91.9 in October to a 93.9 index in November, making a 15-month record high. This survey is considered to be very reliable in forecasting the German economic outlook for the next 6 months, and thus such a high figure shows that the German economy is indeed on its way to recovery. The French economy also saw positive signs last week. The Flash Services Purchasing Mangers’ Index rose from a 57.7 index in October to 60.4 in November. This survey is showing an improving figure for the fourth consecutive month, stating that the French economy is on its way to recover from the recession as well. As long as the positive data from the Euro-Zone’s leading economies continue, the Euro is likely to continue to rise.

As for this week, the most interesting data from the Euro-Zone is the Minimum Bid Rate announcement expected on Thursday. The Minimum Bid Rate is in fact the Euro-Zone’s Interest Rates decision for December. Currently, analysts assume that the European Central Bank (ECB) will leave rates at 1.00%. However, if the ECB will surprise and hike rates, this has the potential to create mayhem in the market. Traders are advised to follow this event with extra caution.

JPY – Yen Continues to Rise

Despite a modest correction which took place close to the weekend, the Yen continues to strengthen on all fronts. The Yen rose against the Dollar, the Euro and the Pound during last week’s trading session.

The Yen rose on positive data that was published from the Japanese economy. The most significant economic publication from last week was the Japanese Trade Balance. This report measured the difference in value between imported and exported goods during October. The report showed a surprising result of 0.42T, the best figure in 4 months. This has shown that Japanese exports are advancing beyond expectations. Considering that the Japanese economy relies first and foremost on its export industry, the results were likely to boost the Yen.

As for this week, a batch of data is expected from the Japanese economy. The most significant publication is likely to be the Capital Spending indicator, expected on Wednesday. The Capital Spending measures the change in the total value of new capital expenditures made by businesses. A positive result is likely to support the Yen, which could extend its bullish trend.

Oil – Oil Recovers and Reaching over $76 a Barrel

After a week in bearish trading, crude oil is beginning to recover some of its losses, and is currently traded at $76.60 a barrel. During last week’s session crude oil reached a 6-week low, and dropped to the 72.40 level.

Crude Oil dropped last week on speculations that Dubai World, the United Arab Emirates’ largest corporate entity, has gone into serious debt. This has increased worries that global recovery could halt, and thus decreased demand for energy commodities such as crude oil. However, the depreciation of the Dollar has supported crude oil prices close to the weekend.

As for the week ahead, traders are advised to follow the major news events from the U.S economy and the Euro-Zone as they have a great impact on crude oil’s value. In addition, traders should follow the Crude Oil Inventories report on Wednesday, as it has proven to have an instant impact on the market.

Technical News

EUR/USD

The EUR/USD may enter into a bearish trend after gains made last week. The 1-hour chart’s Stochastic Slow supports this, although the 4-hour chart’s RSI shows the pair in neutral territory. Entering the pair when the signs are clearer seems to be the wise choice today.

GBP/USD

The 4-hour chart’s Stochastic Slow show the pair currently poised to enter into a bearish trend, and the 1-hour chart’s Stochastic Slow confirms this. Going short today may be the best bet for traders.

USD/JPY

All technical data, including the RSI and Stochastic Slow on the 1-hour and 4-hour charts, indicate that this pair is in neutral territory. Traders are advised to enter into the pair only when a clearer picture presents itself

USD/CHF

The 4-hour charts Stochastic Slow indicate this pair is set to enter a bullish trend. This is supported by the RSI on the 1-hour chart. Traders may want to go long with tight stops today, as the pair may make some gains.

The Wild Card – Crude Oil

The RSI on the 1-hour chart indicates that crude is poised to enter a bearish trend. This is supported by the Stochastic Slow on the 4 hour chart. Forex traders may want to go short with tight stops today, as prices may fall.

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Forex Weekly Market Review Nov 30, 09

 

Volatility jumped higher at the end of the week, after state owed Dubai world requested to postpone its debt paybacks. Once the news hit headlines Wednesday evening, it immediately caused panic, as the amount of global lenders who are expected to be affected by the situation is still not known.  Dubai world is a government owned holding company that is at the center of Dubai’s thrust to diversify its economy into property, leisure and investment, both locally and globally. The news hit the equity markets hard having an immediate impact on the Dollar and the Yen. Both the currencies soared as investors rushed into safe-haven, exiting riskier assets, such as equities.

The S&P 500 index lost 19 points on Friday and finished the week settling at 1091.5, unchanged for the week.  The week started on a bright spot and seemed to be heading for a positive week which would have created solid returns for the month of November. Market participants were greeted with positive news on Monday after the Euro-zone showed improving data.  The markets remained firm on Tuesday and Wednesday as traders absorbed a plethora of economic data.  On Wednesday the US Commerce Department released better than expected housing data.  New-home sales unexpectedly climbed in October despite bad weather and uncertainty over a big tax credit for first-time buyers.  Sales of single-family homes increased 6.2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 430,000.  Economists surveyed estimated a 1.0% drop to a 398,000 annual rate.

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Jobless Claims also had an impact on the trading week as the numbers showed that initial claims for unemployment benefits declined by 35,000 to 466,000 in the week ended Nov. 21. It was the lowest claims figure since September 2008. The four-week moving average of new claims, which aims to smooth volatility in the data, also fell, by 16,500 to 496,500.

Over in Europe, business and consumer confidence in the 16 countries that use the euro continued to improve in November, while capacity use in the manufacturing sector rose for the first time since the onset of the financial crisis.  A monthly survey by the European Commission showed Friday that the overall Economic Sentiment Indicator, or ESI, for the euro zone rose sharply to 88.8 from 86.1 in October. The increase in the ESI was stronger than expected, with economists surveyed last week having forecast it would increase to 88.1. It was the eighth straight month in which sentiment improved.

Forex

The dollar remained on the defensive side up until the FOMC minutes, which released were somewhat negative for the Greenback.  According to the minutes, policy members showed little doubt, regarding interest rates but there appeared to be a more widespread debate about whether to extend Q/E.  Prior to the minutes, it appeared that Bullard was alone in favoring an extension but in fact other members showed signs that they may be in agreement. He noted that low rates could encourage excessive risk but described the dollar’s decline as orderly suggesting there is no need at this juncture to react to the weak dollar.  Opinions were split on the economic outlook even before the jump in unemployment rate.  The Fed did raise its growth forecasts for GDP growth but the minutes suggested that members were split as some saw growth and inflation risks as balanced and others saw downside risks to inflation given subdued growth.  The forecasts and debate occurred prior to the last employment release.

Forecast changes:  GDP growth in 2010 of 2.5-3.5% (2.1-3.3% prior), in 2011 of 3.4-4.5%, inflation in 2010 of 1.3-1.6% (1.2-1.8% prior), in 2011 of 1-1.9%, and unemployment in 2010 of 9.3-9.7% (9.5-9.8% prior), in 2011 of 8.2-8.6%.

On individual pairs the EUR/USD broke through strong resistance during mid week to hit a high of $1.5140.  On Friday, the EUR dropped but managed to find support during the session bouncing throughout the intraday session off its 50 day moving average at $1.4827 and trend line support.

Over in Asia, economic releases out of Japan continued to be bullish for the Yen.  Japan’s exports had a third consecutive monthly gain in October which took the annual pace of decline to the slowest in a year. Exports dropped 23.2% from a year earlier, after a slump of 30.6% in September, beating expectations of a 26.8% drop. On a seasonally adjusted basis, exports rose 2.5% from a month earlier, the third consecutive gain.  The figures emphasized the strength of the recent rebound.

Furthermore, exports to Asia fell 15% from a year earlier, an improvement from the slump of 22.2% in September. Despite the good news, one must note that much of this improvement is down to stimulus measures around the world. Investors remain skeptic about the current strength questioning whether demand will continue grow as support measures fade out.

The Yen presented the most movement for the week, increasing to a 14 year high. The high level of the Yen immediately raised concerns as current rates will weigh on the country’s exports.  Japanese officials immediately expressed their concerns, stating that they might intervene if the Yen continues to strengthen.

After dropping throughout the week the Pound bounced higher on Friday, driven by global momentum and backed by Governor King’s testify to the Treasury Select Committee.  King’s comments on the economy and inflation weren’t out of line with prior statements.  The Governor warned inflation could pick up sharply in the short term but that spare capacity would act as a counterweight to medium term inflation.  King, as well as fellow MPC members mentioned that the economic recovery is underway although growth is still fragile.

The Week Ahead

Next week the markets will be watching Japanese housing starts and Canada’s GDP result, followed by the RBA interest rate decision on Tuesday.  Wednesday brings EMU Producer Prices and US ADP Employment followed by the Fed Beige Book. One must note that the Beige book is often watched by economists as this report, which is published eight times a year, contains anecdotal information on the economic and business conditions of 12 different districts.

Thursday and Friday will be the height of the week as the Euro-zone will release its GDP, which will be followed by the ECB’s rate decision. Even though no rate change is expected, investor’s will scrutinize Trichet’s words, trying to determine future trends. The finale of the week will be the NFP and Unemployment result.  One must note that the current rate is now a double digit number, therefore a higher unemployment figure, could be devastating for the current rally.

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Silver Reversal in the Works

By Anton Eljwizat – In today’s trading, the silver experienced much bearishness. However, as I will illustrate below the 4-hour chart’s oscillators support a bullish reversal for today. This might be a good opportunity for forex traders to enter the trend at a very early stage and at a great entry price.

• The chart below is the 4-hour Silver chart by ForexYard.

• The technical indicators that are used are the Slow Stochastic and Relative Strength Index (RSI).

• Point 1: There is a “doji” candlestick formed in the chart, indicating that a reversal should take place.

• Point 2: The Slow Stochastic indicates a bullish cross, signaling that the next move may be in an upward direction.

• Point 3: The RSI signals that the price of this pair currently floats in the over-sold territory, suggesting upward pressure.

Silver 4-Hour Chart

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Gold Sells Off Sharply As Dollar Runs

By Fast Brokers – Gold is finally experiencing a sizable setback after nearly hitting the psychological $1200/oz level.  News concerning the restructuring of debt in Dubai has sent a shockwave throughout equity and FX markets, resulting in large selloffs in global equities as well as bullish moves in the Dollar and Yen.  In other words, we are witnessing a large risk aversion due to a spike in investor uncertainty, thereby knocking gold from the perch of its bubbly highs.  Now that the Dubai news has sunk in, it will be interesting to see how far investors are willing to take the present flight from risk.  That being said, investors may want to err on the cautious side considering how far crude fell after its bubble popped last year.  Today’s movement is certainly a sizable step back, yet a warranted one considering the bull run that has taken place since the eclipse of $1000/oz.

Meanwhile, gold has quite a few uptrend lines in place and the $1150/oz level could prove to be a technical cushion along with 11/17 lows.  As for the topside, we’re unable to place a downtrend line until we have a bit more track record to use.  Therefore, the $1175 and $1200/oz level serve as technical barriers along with 11/23 and 11/26 highs.  For the time being investors should monitor the EUR/USD’s interaction with our uptrend lines along with the S&P’s ability to mitigate intraday losses.  We will certainly monitor the situation closely since today’s volatility could carry over into next week.

Present Price: $1159.60/oz

Resistances: $1161.90/oz, $1167.02/oz, $1170.16/oz, $1173.02/oz, $1178.54/oz, $1182.37/oz

Supports: $1153.65/oz, $1150.09/oz, $1140.16/oz, $1137.60/oz, $1131.63/oz, $1127.36/oz

Psychological: $1175/oz, $1200/oz, $1050/oz

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USD/JPY Recovers From Intraday Lows After Hitting 85

By Fast Brokers – The USD/JPY has captured headlines in the FX markets after the currency pair tumbled beneath October lows and continued to head south before bottoming just below the psychological 85 level.  As we cautioned previously, a movement below our past 1st tier uptrend line could result in an ensuing selloff, and it appears the damage may be done for now.  The USD/JPY registered 5000+ volume for the first time since the selloff in July 8th.  While such a sell-side bias is certainly disconcerting, investors should also keep in mind that the USD/JPY experienced a nearly 7% rally over the next month after hitting these July 8th levels.  Therefore, it will be interesting to see if the USD/JPY can stabilize from today’s lows and pursue a similar rally until the end of the year.  That being said, we will have to see how far investors decide to go with negative news from Dubai.

As most investors are well aware of by now, Dubai World is requesting a debt restructuring of what could be up to $80 billion of credit.  Although actual losses incurred are presently unknown, some European and UK banks could have considerable exposure.  This week’s news concerning Dubai’s debt has shocked FX and equity markets as investors worry that the development may indicate forthcoming problems from other emerging economies.  As a result, Asian markets have been under intense selling pressure, and European/U.S. equities look set to open sharply lower.  Meanwhile, the FX markets are experiencing a broad based appreciation of the Dollar and Yen as gold crashes back below $1150/oz.  In other words, investors have received a psychological trigger sending money towards risk averse investment vehicles.  As one can see, investors continue to favor the Yen over the Dollar as a safe haven.

While investors already preferred the Yen as a safe haven, stronger than expected data releases from Japan have only fueled the USD/JPY’s downturn.  Japan’s Trade Balance came in much stronger than expected earlier this week in addition to positive Household Spending, CPI, and Retail Sales reports late Thursday EST.  Hence, the global economic recovery has helped Japanese exporters recover, resulting in job creation and rising personal consumption.  A recovering Japanese economy is beneficial to the Yen and allows investors to send the USD/JPY lower.  Naturally, Finance Minister Fujii is upping is rhetoric concerning a looser monetary policy from the BoJ.  Therefore, it seems the bottom set today may result from investors speculating that Japan will intervene in the currency markets should the Yen strengthen any further against the Dollar.  After all, all-time lows are getting much closer and the BoJ’s patience has to be wearing thin.  As we recall, some major Japanese companies reliant on exports, such as Toyota, signaled that 90 is their breaking point in the USD/JPY.  Hence, this week’s deterioration in the currency pair could put a lot of pressure on the DPJ to take action.

Technically speaking, 85 appears to be the new psychological benchmark with 90 hanging far overhead.  It’s a bit troublesome to place supports on our chart right now due to limited historical reference.  However, we can tell you that the 82.50-85 area proved to be a strong support area during the Spring/Summer of 1995.  Therefore, the USD/JPY could experience similar support should the currency pair’s present downturn continue.  As for the topside, there are multiple downtrend lines serving as technical barriers as the long-term downtrend bears down on price.  Therefore, the USD/JPY will likely need strong support from the bulls to stage a noteworthy rally.

Present Price: 86.29

Resistances: 86.34, 86.57, 86.81 87.04, 87.22, 87.46

Supports: 86.20, 85.99, 85.74, 85.51, 85.22, 84.84, 84.60

Psychological: 85, 80, 90

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