USD/JPY Fundamental Analysis Jan. 20, 2012, Forecast

Close of the Asian Session

Economic Events: (GMT)

Jan. 19

13:30 USD Core CPI (MoM) 0.10% 0.20%

The Core Consumer Price Index (CPI) measures the changes in the price of goods and services, excluding food and energy. The CPI measures price change from the perspective of the consumer. It is a key way to measure changes in purchasing trends and inflation.

A higher than expected reading should be taken as positive/bullish for the USD, while a lower than expected reading should be taken as negative/bearish for the USD.

13:30 USD CPI (MoM) 0.20% 0.00%

13:30 USD Initial Jobless Claims 385.00K 399.00K

13:30 USD Continuing Jobless Claims 3590.00K 3628.00K

Initial Jobless Claims measures the number of individuals who filed for unemployment insurance for the first time during the past week. This is the earliest U.S. economic data, but the market impact varies from week to week.

Continuing Jobless Claims measures the number of unemployed individuals who qualify for benefits under unemployment insurance.

A higher than expected reading should be taken as negative/bearish for the USD, while a lower than expected reading should be taken as positive/bullish for the USD.  If the report comes in under the 385K we can expect to see the USD fall against the Yen, but if the report is at the 399K level or above expect to see the USD rally and trend upwards on solid economic news.

Analysis and Recommendation:

Levels of Support and Resistance can be found today at:

S:            76.456   76.5555  76.674                 
Pivot:    76.7735
R:            76.892   76.9915   77.11

USD/JPY was trading at 76.76

The USD/JPY closed almost at the open today, moving very little. The duo seem to have been sleeping all week. What little life they have shown has been in reaction of EU.

In the news a comment from a Goldman exec said that the JPY is probably 25% overvalued and Japan’s days of trade and current account surpluses “look to be finished”. Even the Japanese Minister joined the crowd, stating it is difficult at this moment to find an FX level for the JPY similarly to the Swiss Franc. The markets and currencies are all skewed by the EU crisis.

The two will most likely trade in this range for the rest of the week. Watch the US jobs reports, this could be the kickstart the USD needs to rally, but at this writing all looks calm.

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