Daily Forex Market Preview, 25/01/2018
The U.S. dollar was seen extending its declines on Wednesday after the comments from U.S. Treasury Secretary; Steven Mnuchin said that the U.S. administration preferred a weaker currency. Mnuchin, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos said that a weaker dollar was good for trade, while also talking about new tariffs and trade pacts.
New Zealand’s quarterly inflation data for the fourth quarter of 2017 showed that consumer prices rose less than expected at a pace of 0.1%. This was weaker than the forecasts of a 0.4% increase on the quarter. Annual inflation rate was seen rising at a pace of 1.6% compared to 1.9% previously.
Looking ahead, the ECB’s monetary policy is scheduled for today. Markets will be looking to the ECB’s statement and Draghi’s press conference while expecting to see no changes to the monetary policy. Later in the evening, Japan’s inflation data will be coming out. No changes are expected as inflation in Japan is expected to rise at a steady pace from the previous month.
USDJPY 25-01-2018 Intra-day analysis
USDJPY (109.02): The USDJPY closed at 109.20 yesterday marking a fresh 4-month low. The declines could see USDJPY falling to the previous support level at 108.26 in the near term. The support level help stall the declines. On the 4-hour chart, resistance could be seen forming near 110.44 – 110.34 region that was recently breached. To the downside, unless we see an intraday bounce, USDJPY could be seen extending the declines down to the 108.26 level.