USD/JPY Price Analysis: Consolidation ahead of US News


This morning, news about inflation in Japan was published. It did not bring any surprises — inflation in Japan is gradually weakening as expected. Core CPI in annual terms: actual = 2.3%, forecast = 2.5%, a month ago = 2.6%, a year ago = 3.0%.

We also note that the official position is aimed at preventing further weakening of the yen, as the USD/JPY price has risen more than 7% since the beginning of 2024 — very close to a 32-year high. Thus, Japanese Deputy Finance Minister for Economic Affairs Masato Kanda yesterday warned that the current weakening of the yen does not correspond to fundamental indicators and is clearly caused by speculation. He concluded that the authorities would take appropriate measures against excessive fluctuations.

However, neither verbal interventions nor the publication of Japanese Core CPI values led to strong fluctuations in the USD/JPY market. Why so?

From a fundamental analysis point of view, market participants are keeping their focus on the publication of Core PCE Price Index values in the US, as well as the Fed Chairman's speech — both events are scheduled for Friday (at 15:30 and 18:30 GMT+3, respectively).

From a technical analysis point of view, the market stabilization is quite natural, since the USD/JPY price today is near the median line of the ascending channel (shown in blue), which describes the trajectory of 2024. The market seems to be cooling down after the RSI indicated it was overbought on March 20th.

It is the events of Friday that can bring the market out of the current equilibrium state (despite the fact that Friday is a day off in many countries, volatility can be high).

In case of bearish activity, the USD/JPY price may be supported by a zone consisting of:
→ the lower line of the border of the ascending channel;
→ psychological level of 150 yen per US dollar;
→ support from a local minimum of about 150.30 yen per US dollar.

If the market goes out of balance towards the upper boundary of the channel, market sentiment will likely be influenced by expectations of the Bank of Japan's reaction to an excessively weak yen — and this may not only be verbal interventions.

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

EUR/USD Price Forms Bullish Reversal Amid Key News GBP/USD Rate Surges to Two-Month High After Inflation News Market Analysis: GBP/USD Climbs Steadily While EUR/GBP Struggles Commodity Currencies Retreat from Local Highs Market Analysis: AUD/USD and NZD/USD Set Sights on Additional Upside

Latest articles

Forex Analysis

EUR/USD Price Forms Bullish Reversal Amid Key News

Last night, the FOMC meeting minutes were released. According to USNews, there were no major surprises. However, the confirmation of persistent inflation – along with hints that some officials discussed potential future rate hikes – displayed a "hawkish" stance. The dollar index


After Earnings Report, NVDA Stock Price Exceeds $1,000

For the first time in history, Nvidia's stock price has reached a four-digit number, and its market capitalisation has surpassed $2.5 trillion, ranking third globally after Microsoft and Apple. This surge is due to a strong earnings report, driven

What Is the 80-20 Rule (Pareto Principle) in Trading?
Trader’s Tools

What Is the 80-20 Rule (Pareto Principle) in Trading?

In trading, rules that could maximise efficiency are highly sought after. One such principle is the 80-20 rule, also known as the Pareto principle. This concept asserts that 80% of outcomes often stem from 20% of causes. In software development,

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. 60% 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.