USD/JPY Weekly Outlook

USD/JPY’s decline from 114.54 resumed last week and reached as low as 111.37. Initial bias stays on the downside for 38.2% retracement of 104.62 to 114.54 at 110.75. As such fall is seen as part of medium term correction, we’ll look for bottoming signal above 109.76 key support. On the upside, break of 112.88 resistance will suggest that the fall has completed and turn bias back to the upside.

In the bigger picture, corrective fall from 118.65 (2016 high) should have completed with three waves down to 104.62. Decisive break of 114.73 resistance will likely resume whole rally from 98.97 (2016 low) to 100% projection of 98.97 to 118.65 from 104.62 at 124.30, which is reasonably close to 125.85 (2015 high). This will stay as the preferred case as long as 109.76 support holds. However, decisive break of 109.76 will dampen this bullish view and turns outlook mixed again.

In the long term picture, the rise from 75.56 (2011 low) long term bottom to 125.85 top is viewed as an impulsive move, no change in this view. Price actions from 125.85 are seen as a corrective move which could still extend. In case of deeper fall, downside should be contained by 61.8% retracement of 75.56 to 125.85 at 94.77. Up trend from 75.56 is expected to resume at a later stage for above 135.20/147.68 resistance zone.