Current trend

During the yesterday trading session the USD/JPY grew against the positive USA macroeconomical statistics. After testing a minimum in the area of 112.03, the pair has reached the level of 112.86 in the end of the trading session. The Initial Jobless Claims index, published yesterday, lowered to 246K WoW from 260K in the previous week. Nonfarm Productivity grew by 1.3% in the fourth quarter against the expected growth of 1.0%. The positive statistics makes the traders to expect the Nonfarm Payrolls data to be positive today. The index is expected to increase to 175K in January against 156K in the previous month. The expected values or the values above the expectations will support the USD/JPY in the short term and let the pair to grow to the level of 114.00.

Support and resistance

Support levels: 112.90, 112.56, 112.03.

Resistance levels: 113.64, 114.00, 114.47.

Trading scenario

On the 4-hour chart the Bollinger Bands indicator is slightly converging, reflecting the development of the upward trend. The MACD histogram is in the negative zone, but its volumes are rising, reflecting the growth of the buyers’ activity.

Open long positions after the price is set above the level of 113.23 with the target at 113.64, 114.00, 114.47 and stop loss at 112.95.

Open short positions below the level of 112.90 with the target at 112.56, 112.03 and stop loss at 113.20.

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