Technical Analysis – USDJPY to hold between upward-sloping trendlines

Christina Parthenidou, XM Investment Research Desk

USDJPY erased a portion of last week’s gains after failing to close above 109.50, which is the 61.8% Fibonacci of the downleg from 112.39 to 104.44 and a threshold the pair needs to breach to resume positive direction in the three-month picture (medium-term).

Technically, the pair could record a neutral session in the short-term as the RSI has almost reached its 50 neutral mark, while the MACD is extending its sideways move around its signal line.

On the downside, the ascending trendline from the 34-month low of 104.44 seems to have been supporting negative corrections and therefore should be in focus if the bears gain momentum. The 50% Fibonacci of 108.40 is also in the neighborhood, adding more importance to the area. Moving lower, the 107.80 level could next take control as it did earlier this month, while beneath that, the selling pressure is expected to stretch into the 107.00-106.75 region.

Alternatively, a reversal to the upside may see a retest of the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of 109.50, though this time traders would also have the resistance trendline from mid-September in mind, which could reject any further attempt to reach the 110 mark as it did in previous sessions. Should the rally continue above the latter, 110.70 could be the next target.

Summarizing, USDJPY is expected to move sideways in the short-term, with the support and resistance lines controlling the market action. In the medium-term picture, the pair is looking neutral as long as it holds between 109.50 and 104.44.