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Currencies / Japanese Yen Nov 18, 2014 - 05:55 PM GMT

By: Nadia_Simmons

Currencies

Yesterday, official data showed that annualized Japan's gross domestic product dropped by 1.6% in the third quarter, missing economists‘ forecast of a 2.3% growth and following a 7.3% drop in the second quarter, which puts the country in a recession. In these circumstances USD/JPY extended gains and hit a fresh multi-year high of 117.04. How high could the exchange rate go?


In our opinion, the following forex trading positions are justified - summary:

EUR/USD: none
GBP/USD: none
USD/JPY: none
USD/CAD: none
USD/CHF: none
AUD/USD: none


EUR/USD

The medium-term picture of EUR/USD hasn't changed much as the exchange rate is still trading around the 127.2% Fibonacci extension. Will the daily chart show us where will the pair head next?

From this perspective, we see that EUR/USD reversed and rebounded earlier today. With this upswing, the exchange rate came back above the level of 1.2500 once again and reached the upper line of the consolidation (marked with blue). This is the place, where we should consider two scenarios. On one hand, if currency bulls push the pair higher, we'll see an increase to the upper line of the very short-term rising trend channel (around 1.2564) or even to the blue resistance line based on the Oct 15, Oct 21 and Oct 29 highs (currently around 1.2600). On the other hand, if this area stops further improvement, we'll see a drop to the green support line based on the recent lows (currently around 1.2417) or even to the lower border of the consolidation (around 1.2364) in the coming days. Which scenario is more likely? Taking into account a sell signal generated by the Stochastic Oscillator and the proximity to resistance lines, it seems that currency bears have a small advantage over opponents, which suggests another drop below 1.2500.

Very short-term outlook: mixed
Short-term outlook: mixed
MT outlook: mixed
LT outlook: bearish

Trading position (short-term): In our opinion no positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective at the moment.


USD/JPY

Looking at the above charts, we see that currency bulls pushed the pair higher once again and USD/JPY hit a fresh multi-year high of 117.04. As you see on the daily chart, the exchange rate is still trading above the previously-broken upper line of the consolidation (marked with green), which suggests further improvement. Taking these facts into account, what we wrote on Friday is up-to-date:

(...) the initial upside target would be the 250% Fibonacci extension at 117.40 or even the solid resistance zone (marked on the monthly chart) around 117.60-118.57. Nevertheless, we should keep in mind that there are negative divergences between the CCI, Stochastic Oscillator and the exchange rate, while the monthly RSI climbed to its highest level since Dec 2013, which suggests that a pause is just around the corner.

Very short-term outlook: bullish
Short-term outlook: mixed with bullish bias
MT outlook: bullish
LT outlook: bullish

Trading position (short-term): In our opinion no positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective at the moment.


USD/CAD

From the medium-term perspective, we see that the strong resistance zone created by the upper line of the rising trend channel (marked on the weekly chart) and the 127.2% Fibonacci extension still holds. Therefore, although USD/CAD moved little higher yesterday, the pair reversed and decline today, approaching the 23.6% Fibonacci retracement (based on the entire Jul-Nov rally) and the last week's low. Taking all the above into account, we think that if the exchange rate drops below these levels, we'll see further deterioration and the next downside target would be around 1.1142, where the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement is.

Very short-term outlook: mixed with bearish bias
Short-term outlook: mixed with bearish bias
MT outlook: mixed with bearish bias
LT outlook: bearish

Trading position (short-term): In our opinion no positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective at the moment.

Thank you.

Nadia Simmons
Forex & Oil Trading Strategist
Przemyslaw Radomski
Founder, Editor-in-chief

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