USD/JPY Remains Stable In The Mid-113.00s, With All Attention On Wall Street

ByBarbara Byrne

Dec 20, 2021

On Monday morning, USD/JPY was moving in a narrow range. At the beginning of the week, relatively secure trades controlled the financial sector. Wall Street’s major indices are on course to open sharply lower.

Review Of The Technical Details


Despite the resurgence of the Dollar’s momentum, the USD/JPY pair ended the week even and calmly began the new week. With sheltered movements driving Monday’s global markets, the duo struggles to gain traction as they remain trapped in a narrow band around 113.50.

An Overview Of The Fundamentals

The Nikkei 225 Index fell more than 2% on Monday as speculators became increasingly anxious that the Coronavirus Omicron strain could have a negative impact on global business activity by imposing stringent limitations.

On the other hand, Japan’s parliament adopted a $317 billion budget to stimulate the economy, including cash payments to families with children. This development appears to be impeding the JPY’s advances despite its safe-haven reputation.

The balance of the day’s US economic schedule will be devoid of high-tier data announcements, and traders will focus their attention on the movement of US stocks. S&P 500 Futures are already down 1.75% on the day, indicating that risk-off movements will drive the markets in the midday.

Meanwhile, the benchmark 10-year US Treasury bond yield has fallen more than 1%, and further declines in yields could reintroduce bearish strain on USD/JPY during the American session.

Bearish Signal Boj Confirms Yen Weakening Next Year

Analysts at CIBC predict that the USD/JPY pair will reach 115 by the close of the opening quarter and 116 by the conclusion of the second quarter next year. They view the Bank of Japan (BoJ) as a Yen constraint.

Consistent with the unwinding of JPY shorts and the Yen pricing comeback, the USTJGB spreads adjustment has occurred. Apart from external risk sentiment, which can influence risk benchmarks such as AUD/JPY, they would continue to regard UST-JGB patterns as critical to USD/JPY performance.

Analysts do not believe that the decline in interest in foreign asset purchases will continue. Indeed, they anticipate ongoing interest in capital exports throughout the coming year, omicron dangers notwithstanding.

Additionally, they anticipate that the BoJ, like the ECB and SNB, will continue to be a policy slacker. Indeed, it is becoming increasingly likely that interest rates will remain unchanged until 2023.

While the Bank of Japan is prepared to provide additional stimulus, the obligation for stimulus is more likely to lie with the new Kishida administration’s budgetary actions.

The government is expected to adopt a new JPY 36 trillion supplementary financial budget in the current Parliamentary session. These actions should cushion against external challenges but are unlikely to enhance JPY valuations.

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