USD/JPY Analysis: Prospect of a Breakout of the Level of 155 Yen per Dollar

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The USD/JPY rate has consistently reached new highs since 1990, approaching the psychological level of 155 yen per US dollar. The Japanese currency has already fallen about 9% against the dollar this year.

This is supported by Jerome Powell, who suggested yesterday that US interest rates are likely to remain high for longer. He refused to give any guidance on when interest rates might be cut, greatly dimming investors' hopes for significant easing this year.

Market participants now expect a 40 basis point rate cut in 2024, significantly lower than the 160 basis point easing they were counting on at the start of the year, according to FedWatch.

At the same time, traders are focused on whether Japanese monetary authorities will intervene to support the currency as it deteriorates rapidly. Officials have stepped up warnings of possible intervention, although analysts also say fighting the dollar's strong bullish trend will be difficult and costly. Japanese Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki said on Tuesday he was closely monitoring the yen's exchange rate against the US dollar today and would take "strengthened response measures if necessary."

“Today, intervention can only help slow or contain the pace of depreciation, but cannot reverse the trend,” Kenneth Broux, head of exchange rate research at Societe Generale, told Reuters. Japan last intervened in the foreign exchange market in 2022, spending an estimated USD 60 billion to defend the yen.

Technical analysis of the USD/JPY chart shows that the market is moving in an uptrend, judging by the fact that the Awesome indicator is above the zero line.

Wherein:
→ long lower shadows on the candles (shown by arrows) indicate the strength of demand;
→ if we take consolidation zones A and B as the basis for constructing the median of the ascending trend channel, and the March minimum as the basis for constructing its lower border, then the target of the unfolding growth may be the level of 156 yen per US dollar, where the upper border of the channel lies;
→ in case of a rollback, the USD/JPY price may be supported by the former resistance at 153.400.

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