The USD/JPY pair continues to tread in the 144-145 range, in which it has been stuck since the beginning of the week. Consolidation is pretty boring for both bulls and bears, but there is no trigger on the horizon yet.
This year, the Japanese currency has fallen in price relative to its American counterpart by more than 20%. The reason for the weakening of the yen was the strong monetary divergence between the US and Japan.
Last week, the dollar-yen pair set another high-profile record. After the Federal Reserve raised rates again, and the Bank of Japan left the indicator unchanged, the quote jumped to a new 24-year high at 145.90.
The sharp fall of the yen forced the Japanese government to intervene in support of its national currency for the first time since 1998. As a result of the intervention, the USD/JPY pair went into a steep peak.
However, the asset did not stay as a loser for long. It only took a couple of days for it to get back on track leading to the main goal for today – level 145.
Since the beginning of this week, the dollar-yen pair has already come close to the cherished mark several times, but each time it rolled back.
According to analysts, the main deterrent for dollar bulls at the moment is the risk of repeated currency intervention.
Given the huge number of warnings from the Japanese authorities, traders still prefer not to get into trouble. However, the situation may change dramatically if a particularly powerful trump card in favor of the dollar appears on the market.
You may ask: isn't it here now? Indeed, the dollar received strong support from the Fed last week. The US central bank not only raised rates, but also made it clear that it intends to tighten its monetary policy in the future.
This week, American politicians have further intensified hawkish rhetoric, which contributed to the explosive growth of the dollar. The greenback has reached a new 20-year high, showing impressive dynamics in almost all directions, but not paired with the yen.
The psychologically important 145 barrier still remains impregnable for the USD/JPY asset. This suggests that the market has already taken into account the further growth of discrepancies in the monetary policy of the Fed and the BOJ.
Now traders need specifics: how big the gap in US and Japanese interest rates can become.
If in the near future American officials again talk about raising the indicator by 100 bps, perhaps this will be the very impetus for the dollar, which will move it from the dead point.
– Of course, the Japanese Ministry of Finance is aware of the current vulnerability of the yen. Probably, the authorities will continue to intimidate traders with interventions to deter speculators, Rabobank analysts warn. – Nevertheless, we are still guided in our 3-month forecast for the USD/JPY pair to the level of 147.
As for the short-term dynamics of the asset, do not expect miracles in the coming days. Most experts believe that the dollar-yen pair will remain in the zone of broad consolidation.
The technical picture for the USD/JPY
200-day exponential moving average at 141.20 scales higher. This indicates that the long-term trend is still stable.
At the same time, the relative strength index (RSI) fluctuates in the range of 40.00-60.00, which indicates that the movement continues within the current range.
For a decisive bearish reversal, the asset needs to fall below the previous week's low at around 140.35.
Dollar bulls may push the pair higher after overcoming the previous week's high at 145.90.
This may lead the quote to the August 1998 high at 147.67. And its breakthrough will send the dollar even further upward – to psychological resistance in the area of 150.00.