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The Japanese Yen has extended its strength especially with the BoJ NOT mentioning any further stimulus measures for now. The slowing of growth in China forewarns risk aversion in the Asia region, which adds to the safe-haven flow that buoys the JPY. Over the 4/11 Asian-European session, we saw the JPY give up some of that strength, and in the 1H charts of USD/JPY, EUR/JPY, and GBP/JPY, we see the bearish momentum tested. Let’s take a look.

USD/JPY

USD/JPY 4/11/2012 1H chart

Previous: USD/JPY Trading in a Declining Channel; Approaching Support Under 81.00 (4/10)

There is a support pivot around 80.53. As price action digs at this support, it was also at a channel support area. We had a bullish divergence heading into the 4/11 US session, and so far the pair has rallied back to the 81.00 handle. Price is also testing the latest declining trendline seen in the 1H chart. Here the RSI has been pushed to 60 as well. The bearish momentum has been persistent as the RSI reading has held below 60.

A break above 81.00, with RSI popping above 60 would reflect loss of short-term bearish momentum, and suggest further correction to the upside, perhaps toward channel resistance area around 82.00. Maintenance of the bearish momentum however would suggest that there is still further downside risk toward 80.00.

EUR/JPY

EUR/JPY chart 4/11/2012 1H

Previous: EUR/JPY – Possible Support Levels for the Bearish Reversal (4/8)

EUR/JPY is in the same predicament as far as momentum goes. The 1H RSI is testing 60 as price action tests a declining trendline, which goes back a little further to the 111.10 high from 4/2. If the market maintains the bearish momentum, the downside risk is toward the next support levels (50% retracement of 97.03-111.42 at 104.22), and a key support cluster at 102.50 (61.8% retracement).

GBP/JPY

GBP/JPY 4/11/2012 1H chart

Previous: GBP/JPY Trading Between Declining Trendline and Rising Support (4/5)

The GBP/JPY is not much different as far as momentum goes. The RSI is at 60, testing the bearish momentum. It has not tested the trendline coming from the 133.15 high from 4/2. If this market maintains bearish momentum, we are looking at downside risk toward a pivot area between 126.50 and 127.00.

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