USD/JPY: general review

Current trend

The pair sharply fell yesterday after the release of the FOMC Minutes from the last meeting of the regulator in December. The Minutes showed that the officials are concerned with falling unemployment in the US that in the near future might result in higher inflation. However, it was noted that due to uncertainties regarding Donald Trump’s fiscal policy plans, the pace of further monetary policy tightening is hard to forecast. At present, the Fed is predicting 3 rate hikes in 2017.

Additionally, the Dollar remains under pressure prior to the publication of data on the US labour market, due tomorrow. Strong reading on the Nonfarm Payrolls could provide support to the American currency.

Support and resistance

The pair turned down having failed its 38.2% Fibonacci fan line. Both the RSI and Composite are showing Bearish patterns suggesting the fall could continue.
Support levels: 115.95 (local lows), 114.89 (March 2016 highs), 114.42 (November 2016 highs).
Resistance levels: 118.60 (local highs), 120.29 (July 2015 lows), 121.33 (January 2016 highs).

Trading tips

Short positions can be opened from the level of 115.95 with targets at 114.89, 114.42 and stop-loss at 116.30.
Long positions can be opened from the level of 118.60 with targets at 120.29, 121.33 and stop-loss at 118.17.



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GBP/USD: general review

Current trend

The pair significantly grew yesterday amid a substantial weakening in the US Dollar that remains under pressure after the publication of the FOMC Minutes in the middle of the week. The Minutes, despite been quite hawkish, showed that further path of monetary policy tightening in the US is uncertain as the effect to the economy of the promised fiscal stimulus by Donald Trump is unknown yet. The market seems to agree with the regulator about high level of uncertainty, as the Dollar continues falling despite strong statistics that keep coming out in the US.

Additional support to the Pound came from strong data on the Markit Services PMI. In December, the index rose from 55.2 to 56.2 points, well above forecasts.
Today attention needs to be paid to data on the Nonfarm Payrolls in the US.

Support and resistance

On the 4-hour chart, the pair turned down having failed its long-term SMA200, a breakout of which could lead to a growth continuation. However, the Composite has formed a divergence with the RSI and price, suggesting a decline possibility.
Support levels: 1.2322 (local lows), 1.2297 (November 2016 lows), 1.2206 (local lows).
Resistance levels: 1.2433 (local highs), 1.2505 (local highs), 1.2542 (local highs).

Trading tips

Long positions can be opened from the level of 1.2443 with targets at 1.2505, 1.2542 and stop-loss at 1.2412. Validity – 1-2 days.
Short positions can be opened from the level of 1.2297 with the target at 1.2206 and stop-loss at 1.2322. Validity – 1-2 days.