USDJPY 19-01-2018 Intra-day analysis.

USD sinks as politicians cut it close to avoid government shutdown

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Daily Forex Market Preview, 19/01/2018

The U.S. dollar was drifting lower as the dollar index weakened due to U.S. politicians cutting it close with passing the spending bill to avoid a government shutdown. While the House passed the bill yesterday, the Senate must now approve the spending bill in order to avoid the shut down. The USD was also hit by weaker housing starts and Philly Fed manufacturing index.

Earlier in the day, China’s GDP beat expectations rising 6.8% on the quarter and posting a 6.9% annualized GDP growth for the year ending 2017.

Looking ahead, the economic calendar is light. The UK’s retail sales report will be coming out but is expected to show a decline of 0.8% for the month of December.

USDJPY intra-day analysis

USDJPY (110.88): The USDJPY was seen pulling back following Wednesday’s strong gains. Price action has cleared the short term resistance level of 110.70 and any declines could be limited to this level in the near term. For the moment, with support being formed at the 110.70 region, USDJPY could be looking to move sideways. Resistance is seen at 111.61 – 111.51 level and further gains can be expected only on a breakout above this level. Still, the next major resistance level at 112.04 will need to be breached.

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