Technical Update - USDJPY in exhaustion mode but still holds upside potential to 167-173 Technical Update - USDJPY in exhaustion mode but still holds upside potential to 167-173 Technical Update - USDJPY in exhaustion mode but still holds upside potential to 167-173

Technical Update - USDJPY in exhaustion mode but still holds upside potential to 167-173

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Kim Cramer Larsson

Technical Analyst, Saxo Bank

  • USDJPY spiked higher in early trading, only to be met with heavy selling hitting key Fibonacci retracement levels, potentially due to intervention by the Japanese Central Bank, BOJ. The BOJ also interprets charts; make no mistake about that
  • USDJPY reached levels not seen since 1990 but could push higher towards 167-173 in an exhaustive effort if surpassing today's peak
  • Technical indicators are signaling uptrend exhaustion
  • In a separate section the technical picture based on Elliott wave counts is discussed 

USDJPY spiked to just above 160, specifically 160.27 (mid-prices), when it faced heavy selling that pushed the pair down below the 0.382 retracement of the uptrend since March (blue Fibonacci levels) to the 0.618 retracement of the April bullish move (red Fibonacci levels) at 154.42, testing the lower rising trendline in the process.

The strength indicator RSI is still showing positive sentiment without any divergence, indicating that USDJPY could move higher in the coming days or weeks.
However, if USDJPY breaks below 154.40, it is likely to encounter another round of heavy selling down to either the 0.786 retracement (red Fibonacci level) at 152.83, possibly down to the 0.618 retracement (blue Fibonacci level) at 151.75.

Potential upside target: USDJPY reached levels not seen since April 1990, which topped out at 160.32 - see the monthly chart. If USDJPY is pushed above that level, there is potential for a move up to the 1.618 projection of the October 2022 – January 2023 correction at 167.29, but a bullish move to the 2.00 projection at 176.77 should not be ruled out.
See also levels based on Elliott wave and Fibonacci levels in seperate section

The monthly RSI shows significant divergence (blue falling trendline), indicating that the uptrend is weakening. However, a close above its falling trendline would indicate USDJPY could move even higher than the current peak.

Elliott Wave count
Is this the final 5th Wave? It is an unusual 5th wave, highly irregular, while the other waves have been more normal.

However, it is often the case that either the 3rd or the 5th wave is irregular, but rarely both; in that regard, the 5th wave is not that unusual.
In terms of Fibonacci levels, the 5th wave is normally 0.618 of wave 1+3 but that level has long been surpassed.

It can also be a 1.618 projection of wave 4, which is also surpassed (green Fibo levels), but here the 2.618 projection at 173.09 can come into play.
Wave 5 looks similar to a 5th wave for commodities, i.e., an extended 5th wave that could push to a 1.382 extension at 172.41 (red Fibonacci levels), almost the same level as the 2.618 (green) extension level at 173.09.

Added to that, indicators such as RSI and MACD consistently show divergence during the 5th wave move. This is also the case here, with both RSI and MACD indicating uptrend exhaustion.

Conclusion: There is further upside potential if USDJPY pushes above today’s peak but a break below 154.40 could seriously demolish that picture.
A close below 140.20 will reverse the long term bullish trend. 

Source all charts and data: Saxo Group

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