USD/JPY 1H chart 9/12/2013 8:10AM ET
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NFP, throwback: The USD/JPY fell after the NFP weakened the USD, but found support at 98.53 and rallied above the 100 handle and the week’s high at 100.20. However, the market retreated into a throwback from the 100.57 high during the 9/11 session. As we get into the 9/12 US session, it is at a key area.
Speedline, fibo: The USD/JPY is testing a rising speedline, seen more clearly in the 4H chart, that comes up from the 96.81 low from Aug. 27. 99.31 is also 61.8% retracement of the upswing from Friday to Tuesday. It was also a support pivot from Monday. There is a bullish divergence with the RSI. Price almost closed the “gap” seen in many retail trading platforms.
I would say there are some downside risk to 99, but if the market is to remain bullish it should not breach that. A break below 98.95 for example should neutralize the bullish outlook we had when USD/JPY broke above 100 and extended higher last week.
4H chart: The 4H chart shows that 99.15-99.20 is a support/resistance pivot area going back to the August 23 high, and even back in July in left parts of the chart not shown here. Also note that the 99.14 level is 38.2% retracement, making the 99.14-99.31 area a fibo cluster. The 4H RSI is also around 40, where it held before, and should hold if the momentum in this time-frame is to remain bullish.
Let’s see if the market will maintain its bullish outlook by finding support here. Otherwise, it is difficult not to switch to a sideways scenario, with some near-term bearish outlook, if the market breaks and holds below 99.
USD/JPY 4H chart 9/12/2013 8:13AM ET
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