USD/JPY has posted considerable losses on Thursday. In the North American session, USD/JPY is trading at 108.25, up 0.09% on the day. In economic news, unemployment claims dropped sharply to 216 thousand, below the forecast of 226 thousand. In Japan, household spending is expected to improve to 0.0% after two straight declines. As well, the current account surplus, which has dropped for six straight months, is expected to narrow to JPY 1.10 trillion. On Friday, the U.S. releases CPI and Core CPI, which should be treated as market-movers.
The U.S. dollar’s retreat continued on Wednesday, after the release of the FOMC minutes of the December meeting. At the meeting, the Fed raised rates for a fourth time in 2018, culminating a very aggressive stance. This was reflected in the rate statement, but then came the thumbs-down from investors, who wanted a more dovish approach, and sent the equity markets into a tailspin. Fed policymakers have since made a sharp U-turn and are sounding much more cautious about future rate hikes. The minutes noted low inflation meant that the Fed can “afford to be patient about further policy firming”. Even more striking, the minutes revealed that at the December meeting, some policymakers opposed a rate hike, arguing that inflation was too low to warrant higher rates. The new dovish stance from the Fed has relieved investors and helped stabilize the stock markets, but has led to broad losses for the U.S. dollar.
Turmoil in the equity markets in recent weeks has been a boon for the Japanese currency, as jittery investors have snapped up the safe-haven currency. The yen climbed 3.4% in December and has added another 1.2% in January, capitalizing on the market plunge last week, after Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) stunned investors by lowering its sales forecast. Even though risk appetite has improved since then, the yen has held on to these gains. Will the rally continue? There appears more upside potential for the yen, as USD/JPY tested the 105 line last week, for the time since March 2018.
Thursday (January 10)
Friday (January 11)
*All release times are EST
*Key events are in bold
USD/JPY for Thursday, January 10, 2019
USD/JPY January 9 at 11:25 EST
Open: 108.16 High: 108.30 Low: 107.77 Close: 108.25
USD/JPY posted small losses in the Asian session and showed limited movement in European trade. The pair has recorded small gains in the North American session
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