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With the U.S. ADP report only a few hours away, I thought we should take a look at USD/JPY’s retracement opportunity.

Currency Snapshot:

Major Forex Pairs Price Performance from MarketMilk
Major Forex Pairs Price Performance from MarketMilk

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Upcoming Potential Catalysts on the Forex Calendar:

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  • France’s final services PMI at 8:50 am GMT
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  • Euro Zone’s final services PMI at 9:00 am GMT
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  • ECB’s Lagarde to give a speech in Paris at 12:15 pm GMT
  • U.S. ADP report at 1:15 pm GMT
  • U.S. and Canada’s trade balance numbers at 1:30 pm GMT

What to Watch: USD/JPY

USD/JPY 1-hour Forex Chart
USD/JPY 1-hour Forex Chart

A strong U.S. equities market and risk-friendly trading environment have helped push USD/JPY above a descending trend line on the 1-hour time frame. The pair has since consolidated, however, which opens it up to a potential retracement.

If today’s U.S. ADP report prints lower than markets’ already weak expectations, then we could see USD/JPY give up some of its gains and revisit 109.10. As you can see, the level lines up with a 38.2% Fib as well as a previous resistance area.

MarketMilk currently supports the pair’s “bullish” trend on the 1-hour chart. If USD/JPY does find support at the level, then dollar bulls can use it as a springboard for a possible move higher. This week’s highs near 109.50 and the big 110.00 areas would make for good profit targets.

If today’s ADP release prints better than expected, then we could see USD/JPY trade higher without a significant retracement. Just take note of the USD/JPY’s average daily volatility when placing your profit and stop loss targets.