USD/JPY Set For Pullback As Potential Double Top Pattern Looms

The US Dollar (USD) extended upside movement against the Japanese Yen (JPY) on Wednesday, hitting the highest level of 2014 as bulls look firmly in control. The sentiment has already turned to bullish due to Higher Low and Higher High in the recent wave. The emergence of double top pattern on weekly chart looks likely which could give rise to the next correction wave.

Technical Analysis

As of this writing, the pair is being traded around 104.98. A hurdle may be seen near 105.31, the intraday high of today ahead of 105.44, the high of 2013 as demonstrated in the following weekly chart. A retracement around the current levels will leave a potential double top pattern on the daily chart which is considered a strong signal for selling pressure in the near future.

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On the downside, the pair is expected to find a support around 104.00, the psychological number ahead of 102.70, the 23.6% fib level and then 102.38, the 200-Day Simple Moving Average (SMA). The sentiment will remain bullish in the long run as far as the 100.82 support area is intact.

US Trade Balance

The Census Bureau of the US will release the trade balance report on Thursday. According to the average forecast of different economists, the trade deficit remained $42.12 billion in July as compared to $41.54 billion in the month before. Generally speaking, higher trade deficit is considered negative for the US economy, thus a worse than expected actual reading could spur bearish momentum in the price of USD/JPY and vice versa.

Trade Ideas

Considering the overall technical and fundamental outlook, selling the USD/JPY around the current levels appears to be a good strategy in short to medium term. The trade should however be stopped out on a daily closing above the 105.50 resistance area as described above.

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Usman Ahmed

Usman Ahmed is an individual forex trader and market analyst. He holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree. His work includes fundamental and technical reports on various currency pairs, commodity futures and stock markets. His technical analysis features price action strategies.

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