Japanese Yen Talking Points
USD/JPY remains under pressure, with the Yen largely unfazed by the mixed data prints coming out of Japan, and the exchange rate may continue to consolidate ahead of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) interest rate decision on June 13 as it initiates a fresh series of lower highs & lows.
USD/JPY Rate Vulnerable to Further Losses as Bearish Series Develops
Updates to Japan’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report should keep the Bank of Japan (BoJ) on track to further expand its balance sheet as the final reading shows a 0.6% contraction in the growth rate, and Governor Haruhiko Kuroda and Co. may carry the Quantitative/Qualitative Easing (QQE) Program with Yield-Curve Control into the year ahead as inflation continues to run below the 2% target,
However, the limited reaction to the fresh figures suggest USD/JPY will continue to take cues from Fed policy as the recent pullback coincides with the weakness in U.S. Treasury Yields, and the fresh updates from the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is likely to impact the near-term outlook for dollar-yen as especially as Chairman Jerome Powell and Co. pledge to phase out the forward-guidance for monetary policy.
Keep in mind, Fed Fund Futures are now showing narrowing expectations for four rate-hikes in 2018, with the benchmark interest rate seen ending the year around the 2.00% to 2.25% threshold, and more the same from the FOMC may keep USD/JPY under pressure as market participants scale back bets for a more aggressive hiking-cycle.
With that said, little to no changes in the longer-run interest rate forecast (dot-plot) may dampen the appeal of the greenback, with USD/JPY at risk of exhibiting a more bearish behavior over the near-term especially as both price and the Relative Strength Index (RSI) fail to preserve the bullish formations from earlier this year.
USD/JPY DAILY CHART
- USD/JPY stands at risk for further losses as it carves a fresh series of lower highs & lows after failing to make a run at the May-high (111.40).
- Waiting for a close below the 109.40 (50% retracement) to 110.00 (78.6% expansion) region to favor a move back towards 108.30 (61.8% retracement) to 108.40 (100% expansion), with the next downside region of interest comes in around 106.70 (38.2% retracement) to 107.20 (61.8% retracement).
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Demand for Safe Havens Weakens as Market Sentiment Improves
Safe haven prices, news and analysis:
– Confidence is returning to financial markets, lessening the demand for safe-haven assets.
– However, the recovery is precarious and they could soon be back in favor.
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Market sentiment picks up
Indications that China’s central bank is looking to ease monetary policy are offsetting the continuing concerns about a US-China trade war, lifting market sentiment and prompting investors to move out of safe-haven assets into those seen as more risky and therefore potentially more profitable.
Prices of all the traditional safe-havens, including the Swiss Franc, the Japanese Yen, Gold, US Treasuries and German Bunds, are weakening Wednesday although many hurdles remain, including the possibility that the trade wars could flare up again.
Looking at these individually, USDJPY rose modestly Wednesday after three successive days of falls and the uptrend in the pair remains in place.
USDJPY Price Chart, Daily Timeframe (Year to Date)
Similarly, USDCHF is rallying and it too remains in an uptrend.
USDCHF Price Chart, Daily Timeframe (Year to Date)
The price of Gold continues to fall and is now down from a high of $1,365.36 per ounce on April 11 to $1,272.17 although any return of risk aversion would slow its decline. The yield on the benchmark US Treasury note – which moves inversely to its price – has increased from a low of 2.77% on May 29 to 2.90% and the yield on the 10-year German Bund is up from 0.255% to 0.367% over the same period.
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Most Asian Shares Rise, Sentiment Better. ASX 200 Tests Breakout
Asian Stocks Talking Points:
- Most Asian shares recover as trade war worries settled down, anti-risk Yen fell
- Next, markets eye a central bank panel with commentary from important officials
- ASX 200 is testing a breakout, opening the door to a resumption of its uptrend
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As expected, Asian shares took a breather from yesterday’s aggressive selloff which was sparked by increased trade tensions between the US and China. A lack of updates as traders await further escalation allowed some stock markets to consolidate.
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In Japan, the Nikkei 225 rose more than 0.30 percent by Wednesday afternoon trade. Most of the gains were from the telecommunication services and health care sectors. Chinese shares were held down though with the Shanghai Composite falling about 0.60 percent. Australia’s ASX 200 climbed, pushed higher by financials and information technology. The KOSPI pulled ahead, rising more than one percent.
On the FX side of things, the lull in trade war rhetoric diminished demand for safe havens. The anti-risk Japanese Yen was cautiously lower while the sentiment-linked Australian and New Zealand Dollars appreciated.
From here, aside from updates on tariff retaliations, all eyes will be on a central bank policy panel that takes place in Sintra, Portugal. We will get commentary from Fed’s Jerome Powell, ECB’s Mario Draghi, RBA’s Philip Lowe and BoJ’s Haruhiko Kuroda.
Amidst last week’s monetary policy announcements from the Fed and ECB, speeches from Mr. Powell and Mr. Draghi can arguably have more potential for FX volatility. If the Fed Chair reiterates last week’s hawkish tone while the ECB President sticks to a more dovish one, then we may see some US Dollar gains at the expense of its European counterpart.
ASX 200 Technical Analysis: More Gains Ahead?
On a daily chart, Australia’s ASX 200 was stuck right below immediate horizontal resistance levels as of Tuesday’s close. These are a combination of the January, May and current June highs between 6,158 and 6,149. However, as of today’s cooldown in trade war fears, the index is attempting a push to the upside for a new 2018 high.
This opens the door to more gains in the coming days as the ASX 200 resumes its uptrend from early April. From here, a push above resistance exposes the 50 percent midpoint of the Fibonacci extension at 6,202 followed by the 61.8% level at 6,264. On the other hand, a turn below if resistance holds places the 23.6% extension as the first target at 6,064. Under that, the index faces a near-term rising support channel going back to late-May.
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USD/JPY Could Be Set To Bounce
JAPANESE YEN TECHNICAL ANALYSIS TALKING POINTS:
- The Japanese Yen has seen broad gains against its developed market peers
- However, its overall downtrend remains in place in many cases
- This week could see it reasserted
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The Japanese Yen has caught a quite strong haven bid this week as trade tensions between China and the US bubble back to the surface of market concerns once again.
Technically speaking however, US/JPY has tested the bottom of a minor uptrend channel which has been in place since May 30. It has survived, just but in any case the broader, longer uptrend which has bounded trade all through the year’s second quarter remains very much in place.
The Japanese Yen remains under considerable fundamental pressure from widely diverging interest-rate differentials with the US. The Federal Reserve has just raised interest rates once again and seems determined to continue the process for as long as the data allow. The Bank of Japan meanwhile has been forced to watch the modest inflation resurgence seen early this year collapse, taking with it any prospect that its own ultra-loose monetary policy can be unwound anytime soon.
This week’s official Japanese inflation numbers are likely to underscore that weakness and may put the Yen under renewed pressure, provided that no more bad news appears on market radar from the direction of global trade. Another bout of Yen weakness could see USD/JPY back up to its recent highs of 110.74 in quite short order. That said a return to late May’s peaks in the mid 111s seems unlikely unless some clear resolution to trade difficulties is seen- an unlikely short term prospect.
Reversals for the pair are likely to find support at this week’s 109.49 lows, with the broader channel base of 109.20 waiting below that.
The Japanese Yen’s haven bid has been pretty universal, with the Australian Dollar a particular target. AUD/JPY has been returned to the lows of late May which had not previously been seen since November, 2016.
The cross is now skirting 50% Fibonacci retracement of its long climb up from the lows of mid-2016 to the highs of September, 2017. That comes in at JPY81.40 and seems to be failing. A weekly close below that level would probably bring the next, 61.8% retracement into Aussie bear’s sights. That comes in some way below the market at JPY79.54.
Worryingly for Australian Dollar bulls the currency does not yet look notably oversold, judging by the cross’ Relative Strength Index, and it is likely that momentum to the downside has yet to dissipate.
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