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USDJPY Catches a Bid at Former Resistance, 114.55 Within Reach

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On November 18th we discussed the idea that a 250 pip range on the USDJPY could present a favorable buying opportunity. At the time there were two ways in which this could happen.

The first was a rotation back to the 109 handle. The level served as former channel resistance that extends from the pre-Brexit high.

The second option was to wait for the pair to clear the 111.40/80 region. This area includes two swing highs, one in late April and the other in May as well as several lows between February and March.

While a rotation to support at 109.00 never materialized, the pair did close above the 111.40 handle just three sessions later. This break left us watching for buying opportunities on a pullback to value.

Sure enough, today’s low (so far) is 111.35. Sellers managed the print right before buyers sent prices 125 pips higher toward 112.60, which is the current price at the time of this writing.

Depending on your trading style, this retest could have offered an opportunity to get long. However, because I mostly trade based on daily signals, I didn’t pull the trigger here.

And as convincing as today’s bounce may look, the session is far from over.

But that doesn’t mean an opportunity won’t materialize in the coming days. Provided buyers manage to keep prices above 111.40/80 on a daily closing basis; the bullish bias is intact, and resistance at 114.55 remains exposed.

I’m on the sidelines for now and will likely wait to see how the next few sessions play out. Any bullish price action near 111.40/80 or intraday continuation pattern would pique my interest.

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Mustapha Adeniji says

Thanks Mentor,you’ve got a technically trained eye

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    Justin Bennett says

    You’re welcome, Mustapha.

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Chuka says

I like your analyses and particularly on this pair. I however do believe the pair is doing a retrace move and is in search of a more robust springboard. I don’t think 111.00 offers that. I believe 108/108.50 area is much more robust and sustainable for the smarter bulls. I will wait for that area or will watch helplessly if it doesn’t get there.

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Ian Evans says

Thanks for your analysis. Are you not concerned by the pin bar that appears to have formed on Friday around the 113.60/70 area that appears to be a previous area of resistance from Feb/ March?

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    Justin Bennett says

    Ian, there’s no pin bar according to my chart (NY close). But even if there were there’d be no cause for concern on my part as I’m not interested in USDJPY just yet.

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Francois says

I like your cautious stance and waiting for a more reliable setup and confirmation to then take a decent profit with a safe RR.

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    Justin Bennett says

    Hi Francois, that’s my only approach, especially in these volatile conditions. Cheers.

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