USDJPY Records Sixth Consecutive Intraday Gain

The US Dollar (USD) extended upside movement against the Japanese Yen (JPY) on Friday, increasing the price of USDJPY for the sixth day in a row to more than 113.00 following the release of some key economic news. The technical bias however remains bearish because of a Lower Low in the recent downside move.

Technical Analysis

As of this writing, the pair is being traded near 113.13. A support may be noted near 112.22, a major horizontal support ahead of 110.66, the swing low of the last major downside move as demonstrated in the following daily chart.

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On the upside, the pair is likely to face a hurdle near 114.13, a major horizontal resistance and then 114.55, the high February 2016. A break above the 114.55 resistance area could push the pair into bullish trend, opening doors for a move above 115.00 in near term.

US Durable Goods Orders

New orders for durable goods—products designed to last at least three years, like dishwashers and aircraft—fell a seasonally adjusted 2.8% in February from a month earlier, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Durable-goods statistics are volatile and subject to large revisions. The durable-goods print was broadly in line with expectations: economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had forecast a 3% drop in February from the prior month.

Trade Idea

Considering the overall technical and fundamental outlook, selling the pair near 114.00 handle appears to be a good strategy in short to medium term if we get a valid bearish reversal candle near the abovementioned resistance area.

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Usman Ahmed

Usman Ahmed is an individual forex trader and market analyst. He holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree. His work includes fundamental and technical reports on various currency pairs, commodity futures and stock markets. His technical analysis features price action strategies.

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