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Will the yen continue to strengthen on the back of PM Abe’s resignation?
Here’s what you need to know about JPY’s potential catalysts this week:
- Japan factory output up but retail sales down amid fragile recovery from pandemic
- Consumer confidence (Aug 31, 5:00 am GMT) to dip from 29.5 to 29.0 in August
- Housing starts (Aug 31, 5:00 am GMT) seen improving from -12.8% to -10.0% in July
- Unemployment rate (Aug 31, 11:30 pm GMT) expected to inch higher from 2.8% to 3.1%
Market risk sentiment
- With Abe’s party still in charge of policymaking, markets don’t see his resignation affecting JPY’s trends for long
- As seen in last week’s trading, headlines on COVID-19 vaccines and stimulus as well as the U.S.-China trade deal can continue to influence the demand for the safe-haven yen
- PMIs from the major economies could tell the story of global economic recovery and influence JPY’s trends
- Headlines about the U.S. NFP report can affect USD/JPY and lead most of the yen’s crosses
- Stochastic considers the yen “oversold” against NZD, AUD, and GBP on the daily time frame
- EUR/JPY, EUR/CHF, and USD/JPY remain mostly in the middle ground
- EMAs reflect USD/JPY’s short and long-term bullish trends
- JPY remains bearish against most of its major counterparts