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Japanese Yen’s Vulnerability Persists, Retail Traders Unwind USD/JPY

Japanese Yen’s vulnerability post-Fed decision as retail traders adjust USD/JPY positions is reflected in IGCS data.

JAPANESE YEN, USD/JPY, TECHNICAL ANALYSIS  RETAIL TRADER POSITIONING

  • The Japanese Yen weakened in response to the Federal Reserve’s interest rate decision, which Chair Jerome Powell suggested would entail a ‘higher for longer’ monetary policy stance.
  • Retail traders have displayed reduced enthusiasm for USD/JPY. 

Japanese Yen’s Vulnerability Persists Following Fed Decision, Retail Traders Unwind USD/JPY Bullish Positions

USD/JPY Sentiment Analysis – Bullish

The IGCS data indicates that approximately 38% of retail traders maintain a net-long position on USD/JPY. Given the prevailing downside bias among most of them, this suggests the possibility of future price increases. Notably, upside exposure has declined by -5% compared to yesterday and -17% compared to last week. Considering the current positioning and recent adjustments, a stronger bullish outlook emerges.

Japanese Yen

In the case of USD/JPY, there is a tentative attempt to breach the 61.8% Fibonacci extension level at 148.27. However, it is important to note the presence of negative RSI divergence, indicating a waning upside momentum that could potentially precede a downward shift. In such a scenario, the immediate support to watch for would be the 20-day Moving Average.

Nevertheless, the overall bullish sentiment remains supported by the upward trendline established since March. Consequently, a substantial decline would be necessary to overturn the prevailing bullish bias. Should prices continue to rise, the next target would be last year’s high at 151.94.

In summary, the Japanese Yen’s ongoing vulnerability in the face of the Fed’s decision, coupled with retail traders’ cautious approach to USD/JPY, highlights the importance of monitoring IGCS data and technical indicators. While there are short-term uncertainties, the overall outlook remains cautiously bullish, with the potential for further upside movement as the trendline and previous high levels remain intact. Traders should exercise vigilance and adapt their strategies accordingly as market conditions evolve to navigate these opportunities and challenges effectively.

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