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USD/JPY Perspective: Yen Fails to Capitalize on Safe-Haven Appeal

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Latest analysis on USD/JPY Perspective: Yen struggles amid global uncertainty, while USD/JPY hovers near the crucial 150 level.

A recent surge in global market uncertainty, triggered by a sudden conflict involving Israel, led to the predictable flight to safety. Traditionally, the Japanese Yen has been one of the go-to safe-haven currencies during such periods. Despite this, the USD/JPY pair showed limited downward movement, raising questions about the trajectory of the Japanese currency.

The easing of longer-term US Treasury yields, as investors flock to the safety of US Treasuries, should have weakened the US dollar. Surprisingly, the yen failed to capitalize on this opportunity. Even after a slight uptick attributed to possible direct intervention in the FX markets by Japanese officials (yet unconfirmed), the yen lacks the usual bullish momentum.

USD/JPY Perspective – Yen Fails to Capitalize on Safe-Haven Appeal

The USD/JPY pair has found support around 148.50, just below the identified ‘danger zone’ before 150. Previous market hesitancy was evident as prices cautiously approached this level. A positive boost occurred after a robust payroll report, adding 336k jobs in September compared to the expected 170k. However, the pair has since exhibited sideways movement without a clear trend.

Technical indicators provide mixed signals. The RSI failed to reach overbought territory, potentially allowing another push towards 150. Meanwhile, the MACD indicator suggests a lack of bullish momentum after the crossover with the signal line.

Trading USD/JPY at this juncture involves substantial risks, especially considering the proximity to the 150 level. If Tokyo intervenes again, support at 146.50 becomes pivotal, with the immediate level at 148.50. Resistance remains steadfast at 150.

Note: IG client sentiment indicates a significant net-short position. However, monitoring daily and weekly changes is crucial as they could influence the overall market outlook.

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