Technical Tools

Support and resistance (S/R). Price levels, trendlines and Fibonacci retracements. Price action, candlestick and chart patterns. Simple moving averages (SMA). Commitments of traders (COT) indicator, which displays speculative positioning in FX futures market, used as a proxy for speculative positioning in spot FX market.

Weekly Chart

The pair rallied more than 1800 pips in Q4 2016 during so called Trump trade. It effectively recouped most of that year's losses and briefly returned to the 2015 range between 116 and 126. However, a correction ensued that has so far taken the pair to the levels below 110.

Speculative Positioning

Net position of non-commercial traders in Japanese Yen futures flipped to the short side in December 2016 after it was long for almost a year. That was largely due to new bears (164.3K) while bulls (37.4K) liquidated about a half of their exposure. The net short position now stands at 126.9K.

Daily Chart

The pair has been trading sideways since U.S. election inspired rally topped out at 118.65. It will have to trade beyond either 108 or 115 on a sustained basis to signal the end of the current range-bound environment. Both 100 and 50 day SMA crossed below 200 day SMA recently.


Yield curve control has proved to be a powerful policy from the BOJ as it helps to underpin the pair via rising yield differentials between U.S. treasury notes and Japanese government bonds. Fed hiked in December, March and June with more tightening expected to come this year will continue to support carry trades.


Taking into account all the above-mentioned factors, I expect the pair to be trading near 110.75 towards the end of the forecast period which will conclude on the 1st of September, 2017, at 12:00 GMT. Ideally, the pair will follow the expected price path as outlined on the charts.
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