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With global risk on a bearish tilt to start the week, the Japanese yen looks interesting against the euro as the pair trades in a range.

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What to Watch: EUR/JPY

EUR/JPY 1-Hour
EUR/JPY 1-Hour

Without any market moving headlines, forex trade has been pretty choppy to start the week. But it does look like global risk sentiment is on a bearish tilt, likely due to pressure from the global equity markets. We’re seeing weak earnings reports from a couple of big names as the current culprits for the risk-off lean, Caterpillar and Nvidia, both citing weakness in China as catalysts for their weaker results. As with most cases, signs of Chinese weakness tends to bring traders to the safe havens like the Japanese yen, which we’re seeing at the moment.

And without any expected catalysts ahead for the rest of the U.S. session, going with the bearish risk tilt may be the way to go, and we’re choosing EUR/JPY as it tests the top of a range that the pair has been in since the beginning of December.

This area around the 125.00 major psychological level is likely to bring some action, probably from the bears given today’s sentiment and broad sentiment that Europe may be in trouble given the uncertainty around its economic data and Brexit, which was reiterated by ECB President Mario Draghi earlier today.

For the bears, look for reversal patterns around the 125.00 handle and targeting the bottom of the range is certainly a possibility given its daily ATR of around 100 pips. This is certainly an attractive risk-to-reward setup depending on where you set your stop.

For the bulls, an argument can only be made for the session if there is a break above the 125.00 handle on fresh sentiment shifting news, but the odds of that scenario are pretty low at the moment.