USDJPY is approaching a must-hold support level at 111.00.
I mentioned the 111.00 handle in Sunday’s forecast. You can see how the level has served as a pivot since mid-February.
In fact, the 111.00 area has played a role here since May of last year.
Typically I would look for a buying opportunity at a support level such as this.
However, I don’t like the fact that USDJPY was just here earlier this month.
You can see how the pair caught a bid at 111.00 between the 8th and 13th of March.
That isn’t necessarily a bad thing for USDJPY bulls, though.
The market is clearly in a holding pattern ahead of Wednesday’s Fed rate decision, and this latest move lower is merely part of that consolidation.
But I also don’t want to buy a market that failed to carve a higher high last week.
Not to mention the upcoming increase in volatility from Wednesday’s FOMC that is sure to make conditions unfavorable.
If I’m going to buy USDJPY, I would prefer to see a daily close above the 111.90 resistance area.
Sure, I’d forfeit those 90 pips, but a close above 111.90 would be the higher probability trade in my opinion.
What about a short here?
Well, remember that 111.00 is a must-hold level for buyers.
At least that’s my interpretation of the situation.
That means a daily close below 111.00 could present an opportunity to short USDJPY for a move to the 110.10 area.
And if the pair does roll over this week, it could signal the start of a broader correction toward 108.70.
Alternatively, a close above 111.90 could take the pair back to 113.20.
Remember that I use New-York-close Forex charts. That means each 24-hour session closes at 5 pm EST.
This is not a situation where you want to buy from 111.00 and sell from 111.90 in my opinion.
Doing so could get you in a heap of trouble, especially with Wednesday’s FOMC around the corner.
Playing the breakout here seems most appropriate given the circumstances.
And that means waiting for a daily close above 111.90 which would expose 113.20, or a close below 111.00 to open up 110.10 and perhaps 108.70.