USD/JPY Suffers Double-Trouble After The Fed

  • USD/JPY is trading below 112, the lowest since late October.
  • The Fed decision proved to be a dual issue for the pair.
  • The technical picture shows oversold conditions.

USD/JPY is trading around 111.70, levels last seen on October 26th. The Federal Reserve raised rates on Wednesday, as widely expected. More importantly, the downgraded the projections for rate increases in 2019 from three to two hikes. Bond markets expected a slash of the outlook to a single hike.

Alongside the pledge to raise rates and the ongoing description of risks as “roughly balanced,” the move was initially perceived as a “hawkish hike.” The US Dollar advanced against its peers, and stock markets tumbled down, especially as the Fed continues with reducing its balance sheet.

USD/JPY did not go too far: while a hawkish Fed supports the Dollar, the safe-haven yen sees demand when shares fall.

After dollar/yen could not enjoy the USD gains, it tumbled down when markets had second thoughts about the Fed on Thursday. The downgrade of the dot-plot is now seen as dovish move, albeit a small one. The American currency is falling across the board and also against the Japanese Yen. This sell-off happens despite the ongoing struggle of equity markets.

All in all, USD/JPY suffers from both a weaker USD and safe-haven demands for the JPY. A one-two punch.

Apart from further thoughts about the Fed, the US releases the Philly Fed Manufacturing Index for December and weekly jobless claims. The data may return to dominate on Friday with the release of final GDP, Durable Goods Orders, and other figures.

USD/JPY Technical Analysis

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USD JPY Technical analysis December 20 2018

The Relative Strength Index (RSI) dropped below 30, indicating oversold conditions. The pair fell too far, too fast, according to the indicator. Dollar/yen is well below the 50 and 200 Simple Moving Averages, indicating a bearish trend, but we may see a bounce before the next fall.

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