USD/JPY Bears Eye Sub-138.5 on China PMIs and Fed Sentiment

Bob Mason
Published: May 31, 2023, 22:41 GMT+00:00

It is a busy day for the USD/JPY. Capital spending numbers from Japan and manufacturing PMI numbers from China will influence ahead of the US session.

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It is a busy start to the day for the USD/JPY. Capital spending numbers for Q1 and finalized manufacturing PMI numbers for May will be in focus. Barring a revision to the PMI, capital spending figures will likely draw more interest. Economic indicators from Japan have sent mixed signals.

The mixed signals suggest the status quo for the Bank of Japan and its ultra-loose monetary policy stance. Economists forecast capital spending to increase by 5.5% year-over-year in Q1 versus a 7.7% increase in Q4.

While the numbers from Japan will draw interest, China’s Caixin manufacturing PMI will have more impact. The NBS private sector PMI numbers fueled a flight to safety on Wednesday. A weaker-than-expected number would lead to a similar market response, favoring the Yen.

USD/JPY Price Action

This morning, the USD/JPY was down 0.07% to 139.244. A mixed start to the day saw the USD/JPY rise to an early high of 139.362 before falling to a low of 139.176.

USD/JPY sees red.
USDJPY 010623 Daily Chart

Technical Indicators

Resistance & Support Levels

R1 – ¥ 140.0907 S1 – ¥ 138.9067
R2 – ¥ 140.8453 S2 – ¥ 138.4773
R3 – ¥ 142.0293 S3 – ¥ 137.2933

The USD/JPY needs to move through the 139.661 pivot to target the First Major Resistance Level (R1) at 140.091 and the Wednesday high of 140.416. A return to 140 would signal a bullish USD/JPY session. However, economic indicators and debt ceiling news must support a USD/JPY breakout.

In case of an extended rally, the bulls would likely test the Second Major Resistance Level (R2) at 140.845. The Third Major Resistance Level (R3) sits at 142.029.

Failure to move through the pivot would leave the First Major Support Level (S1) at 138.907 in play. However, barring a risk-off fueled sell-off, the USD/JPY pair should avoid sub-138. The Second Major Support Level (S2) at 138.477 should limit the downside. The Third Major Support Level (S3) sits at 137.293.

USD/JPY support levels in play below the pivot.
USDJPY 010623 Hourly Chart

Looking at the EMAs and the 4-hourly chart, the EMAs send mixed signals. The USD/JPY sat below the 50-day EMA (139.271). The 50-day narrowed to the 100-day EMA, while the 100-day EMA widened from the 200-day EMA, delivering mixed signals.

A USD/JPY move through the 50-day EMA (139.271) would support a breakout from R1 (140.091) to target R2 (140.845) and 141. However, a fall through S1 (138.907) would bring S2 (138.477) and the 100-day EMA (138.186) into view. A USD/JPY move through the 50-day EMA would send a bullish signal.

EMAs are mixed.
USDJPY 010623 4 Hourly Chart

The US Session

Looking ahead to the US session, it is a busy day on the US economic calendar.

ADP nonfarm employment change, initial jobless claims, and the ISM Manufacturing PMI will move the dial. While investors are pricing in a more dovish Fed, solid labor market numbers could refuel bets on a 25-basis point June interest rate hike.

According to the CME FedWatch Tool, the chances of a 25-basis point interest rate hike tumbled from 66.6 to 26.4% on Wednesday as the markets responded to Fed chatter that favored a June pause.

However, FOMC members and US debt ceiling-related news will also need consideration.

About the Author

Bob Masonauthor

With over 20 years of experience in the finance industry, Bob has been managing regional teams across Europe and Asia and focusing on analytics across both corporate and financial institutions. Currently he is covering developments relating to the financial markets, including currencies, commodities, alternative asset classes, and global equities.

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