Asian equity markets mostly lacked firm direction as bourses took their cue from the rangebound session in the US where tech losses were offset by cyclicals.
USD/JPY: trade ideas for the NFP day
2020-01-10 • Updated
The US dollar had a strong week versus the Japanese yen. USD/JPY opened with a gap down on the W1, but is now trading above the highs of the previous week.
The United States will release Nonfarm Payrolls, Average Hourly Earnings and Unemployment Rate at 15:30 MT time. If the data are better than expected, USD/JPY may test the 110.00 mark. Notice though that on the way there the pair will have to overcome the 100- and 200-week MAs (109.60/70). These lines didn’t let the price higher in November and December and acted as resistance even before that.
The advance of USD/JPY this week has been quite rapid. Such a move makes the USD overbought in the short-term and creates potential for a correction to the downside. Support lies in the 109.30/20 area and at 108.95 (50-day MA) ahead of 108.60 (200-day MA).
Remember that volatility increases during news releases, so proper risk management is necessary.
BUY 109.75; TP 110.00; SL 109.60
SELL 109.35; TP 109.05; SL 109.50
The dollar was down on Wednesday morning in Asia, despite caution over the new B.1.1.7 strain of the COVID-19 virus pushing investors turn toward safe-haven assets.
US stocks are set to extend Monday’s losses when markets open later, as concern about the spread of lockdown measures to tackle the pandemic returns to haunt cyclical stocks.
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