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USD/JPY moved above 109.00 even though BOJ trimmed JGB purchases

2018-6-1 11:16:32Basics of Trading
USD/JPY moved above 109.00 even though BOJ trimmed JGB purchases

Bank of Japan (BOJ) trimmed purchases of the Japanese government bonds (JGBs) maturing in 5-10 years.

But, JPY failed to pick up a bid.

The BOJ's move does not reflect a policy change.


The BOJ reduced the purchases of Japanese Government Bond (JGBs) maturing in 5-10 years to JPY 430 billion from the previous JPY 450 billion.


The drop in bond purchases by the central bank is widely considered as a net positive for the domestic currency. However, the Japanese Yen has not picked up a bid, possibly because the BOJ's decision to reduce JGB purchases is a part of routine operations and does not represent a policy change.


It also means the central bank may boost JGB purchases in future if due to some reason the 10-year JGB yield moves higher from the BOJ's target of zero percent.


As of writing, the currency pair is trading at 109.05, having clocked a session high of 109.20 a few minutes ago.


The pair will likely build upon the repeated rebound from the ascending 50-day moving average (MA) if the US wage growth figure, due at 12:30 GMT, blows past expectations.


USD/JPY Technical Levels


The resistance is seen at 109.55 (10-day MA), 110.00 (psychological hurdle), and 110.17 (200-day MA). Meanwhile, support is lined up at 108.72 (session low), 108.44 (50-day MA), and 108.11 (May 29 low).