Technical analysis for USD/JPY on February 18, 2020
Tomorrow at 20:00 (London time), the minutes of the last meeting of the Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the US Federal Reserve will be published.
As a rule, investors carefully study the published protocol in order to get information from it about the future actions of the Federal Reserve System (FRS) in monetary policy. Usually, the market has a fairly rapid reaction to the publication of the protocols, volatility increases sharply, so be careful!
Now to the price charts, and let's start with the weekly one. Here, the candle of the past week in the form of "Long-Legged Doji" immediately catches the eye. Such candle models have one of the shadows larger than the other, which indicates the balance of forces in the market. The "our" candle had a long upper shadow. This factor shows serious problems for buyers with further price movement in the north direction.
Interestingly, the closing price of last week's candle is just above the upper limit of the Ichimoku indicator cloud, but in this case, the candle itself is more important, which carries a reversal character.
If you go back to last week's closing price, the decline was limited to the 144 exponential moving average, which provided the pair with strong support. In many ways, this is why the trading closed above the upper border of the cloud.
Here, the picture is not as clear as on the weekly timeframe. If the pair was supported by the Tenkan line yesterday, then at the moment of writing, the dollar/yen is trading below this line.
If today's trading ends under the Tenkan line, this will be another bearish signal. In this case, the pair will head to the area of 109.37-109.30, where the Kijun line of the Ichimoku indicator and the 50 simple moving average are located.
Below, near the extremely important mark of 109.00, there are 89 and 144 exponential moving averages.
On this chart, it is worth noting that each subsequent maximum is lower than the previous one. This is a bearish signal.
If we talk about trading recommendations, then, in my opinion, the most relevant are sales, the closest of which you can look at after the pair rises to the price zone of 109.65-109.85. More distant prices have already been mentioned - this is the resistance zone of 110.00-110.30.
At the same time, it is necessary to take into account that a true breakdown of the level of 110.30 and fixing it above it (this is a true breakdown) will negate the bearish scenario, which I consider the most relevant at the moment.