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USD/JPY Forecast: BoJ’s JGB Tactics and US Sentiment Key to Yen’s Path

By:
Bob Mason
Updated: Jun 13, 2024, 23:36 GMT+00:00

Key Points:

  • On Friday (June 14), the Bank of Japan will announce its monetary policy decision.
  • The Bank of Japan monetary policy statement and press conference will attract investor attention.
  • Later in the session on Friday, US consumer sentiment figures for June also require consideration.
USD/JPY Forecast

In this article:

The Bank of Japan Monetary Policy Decision.

On Friday (June 14), the Bank of Japan monetary policy decision and statement will impact buyer demand for the USD/JPY.

Economists expect the Bank of Japan to leave interest rates unchanged. However, the markets expect the Bank of Japan to consider scaling back government bond (JGB) purchases. The pace of scaling back JGB purchases warrants investor focus, with the BoJ eager to prevent market disruption.

Cutting JGB purchases would push longer-term interest rates higher and narrow interest rate differentials with the Fed. Given concerns about the effects of a weaker Yen on the Japanese economy, reducing JGB purchases could afford the BoJ time to evaluate the timing of an interest rate hike.

Furthermore, investors should consider comments from Bank of Japan Governor Kazuo Ueda. Views on the economic outlook, inflation, and the interest rate trajectory may also influence buyer appetite for the Yen.

US Economic Calendar: Consumer Sentiment and FOMC Member Speeches

Later in the session, US consumer sentiment figures will garner investor interest.

Economists forecast the Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index to rise from 69.1 to 72.0 in June.

Upward trends in consumer sentiment could support the more hawkish Fed Funds Rate projections. An improving consumer confidence environment could signal a pickup in consumer spending and demand-driven inflation.

A higher-for-longer Fed rate path could raise borrowing costs and reduce disposable income. Downward trends in disposable income may impact consumer spending and dampen demand-driven inflation.

Furthermore, investors should also consider the Michigan Inflation Expectations Index. On Wednesday (June 12), the FOMC revised its Core PCE inflation projection for 2024 from 2.4% to 2.6%. An upward trend in the Michigan Inflation Expectations Index could influence investor expectations of a September Fed rate cut.

Beyond the numbers, investors should monitor FOMC Member commentary. FOMC Member Austan Goolsbee is on the calendar to speak. Comments regarding inflation and the Fed rate path could move the dial.

Short-term Forecast

Near-term trends for the USD/JPY will hinge on the Bank of Japan monetary policy decision. A cut to JGB purchases could tilt monetary policy divergence toward the US dollar. However, US data and FOMC member comments will also influence buyer demand for the USD/JPY.

USD/JPY Price Action

Daily Chart

The USD/JPY remained well above the 50-day and 200-day EMAs, confirming the bullish price trends.

A USD/JPY break above 157.5 would support a move toward the 159 handle. A climb to 159 could give the bulls a run at the April 29 high of 160.209.

The Bank of Japan decision on monetary policy, US consumer sentiment, and Fed chatter require investor attention.

Conversely, a USD/JPY fall through the 156 handle could signal a drop toward the 50-day EMA. Furthermore, a break below the 50-day EMA could give the bears a run at the 151.685 support level.

The 14-day RSI at 55.71 suggests a USD/JPY rise to the April 29 high of 160.209 before entering overbought territory.

USD/JPY Daily Chart sends bullish price signals.
USDJPY 140624 Daily Chart

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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