Market Analysis: USD/JPY and NIKKEI React to Bank of Japan Decision

FXOpen

This morning, the Bank of Japan decided to leave interest rates unchanged at -0.10%. Its head, Kazuo Ueda, stated that:
→ the chances that the current ultra-loose monetary policy will change in January are very small;
→ further decisions of the Bank of Japan will be based on incoming economic information.

Thus, rumors that the Bank of Japan might raise rates from the negative zone did not come true. As a result, the NIKKEI index rose to November highs, and the yen weakened.

The 4 hour USD/JPY chart shows that:
→ The price forms a downward channel (shown in red). The strengthening of the yen against the US dollar, observed since November, was caused by both rumors related to the Bank of Japan and the prospect of a rate cut by the Federal Reserve.
→ The lower border of the channel pushed the price upward on December 7, indicating support at 141.65.
→ On December 14, there was an attempt at a bearish breakdown of this support. But instead of developing a downward movement to another touch with the lower border of the channel, the price entered into consolidation (an early bullish sign), which lasted until the end of last week and marked the resistance level of 142.5.
→ The closer the Bank of Japan's decision was, the stronger the bulls became. After breaking through the level of 142.5, it was tested. Moreover, not only the level of 142.5, but also the median line of the channel showed its support role.

The upward momentum that the USD/JPY market has received may develop during today's American session. It is possible that the quote will reach resistance at 145 yen per dollar, which is strengthened by the upper boundary of the downward channel.

Trade over 50 forex markets 24 hours a day with FXOpen. Take advantage of low commissions, deep liquidity, and spreads from 0.0 pips. Open your FXOpen account now or learn more about trading forex with FXOpen.

This article represents the opinion of the Companies operating under the FXOpen brand only. It is not to be construed as an offer, solicitation, or recommendation with respect to products and services provided by the Companies operating under the FXOpen brand, nor is it to be considered financial advice.

Latest from Forex Analysis

Market Analysis: GBP/USD Struggles While USD/CAD Aims Higher USD/JPY Technical Analysis: Yen Strengthens after Comments from Japanese Officials The American Currency Resumes Its Growth Australian Dollar Weakens amid Inflation News Exchange Rates Consolidate at the Beginning of the Week

Latest articles

Financial Market News

Weekly Market Wrap With Gary Thomson: CAC 40, AUD, OIL, AMAZON

Get the latest scoop on the week's hottest headlines, all in one convenient video. Join Gary Thomson, the COO of  FXOpen UK, as he breaks down the most significant news reports and shares his expert insights. European Stock Markets on

Commodities

Price of Gold Briefly Exceeded $2,050 per Ounce

In addition to new records in the stock markets, the reaction to yesterday's news about inflation in the US was also a decrease in government bond yields and a rapid rise in the price of gold — the cost of XAU/

Indices

Nasdaq-100 Price Hits All-time High after 4 Straight Months of Gains

The Nasdaq-100 index is holding above 18,000 today following yesterday's bullish momentum, fueled by inflation news. The PCE consumer spending index amounted to 0.4% on a monthly basis, which was in line with analysts' expectations. A year ago,

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 65.68% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.