USD/JPY Bullish Momentum Likely to Continue Amid Forecast of Increasing Inflation in the US
Japan – Household Spending
On Monday, at GMT 11:30 p.m., the Japanese Statistics Bureau released the year-over-year Household Spending figure. It measures the inflation-adjusted value of all expenses by Japanese consumers.
Forex traders consider household consumer spending to be a leading indicator of a country’s economic health. This is because the amounts spent by consumers have a ripple effect on the overall economic activity in the country.
Last month, the year over year Japanese Household Spending figure decreased by -1.9%. The forecast for this month was that it will decrease by -0.6%. The actual reading came out at -0.6% as well.
United States – Consumer Price Index
On Friday, at GMT 1:30 p.m., the US Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the month-over-month consumer price index. It measures the changes in the price of products and services bought by American consumers over the past month.
CFD traders consider the US CPI to be the most important fundamental indicator to measure the inflation in the economy. This is because the Federal Reserve also uses the CPI to decide about setting future overnight interest rates. Hence, a rising CPI signals to the binary options market that there would be an increase in the future interest rates.
Last month, the US CPI went by 0.9%. Analysts are expecting it to go up by 0.7% over the last month.
During the end of November 2021, the USD/JPY formed a bearish divergence on the daily timeframe Relative Strength Index (RSI) indicator. Since November 24, it fell by 290 pips or around 2.55%. However, after reaching near the 112.50 level, it found support and formed an uptrend line. Earlier today, it broke above the resistance near 113.40. Currently, it is approaching the next resistance near the 114.45 level.
The Japanese household spending improved compared to last month and came out at -0.60%. By contrast, the US Consumer Price Index will likely remain positive and come out at 0.70%. We believe it would set a bullish fundamental outlook for the USD/JPY this week. Therefore, if the USD/JPY remains above the support near 113.40, it would likely move upward to test the next resistance zone near 114.45.
Hence, CFD traders should look out for trading opportunities above the support level around 113.40.
Market Analyst / Trading Consultant . Asif worked as a prop trader for almost a decade, and later he managed trading operations for one of the largest foreign exchange strategy developers in Europe. Currently, he works as a trading consultant to several brokers and writes about various tech and financial topics. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org