Notably, the Yen briefly sank from a session high of 151.907 to a low of 151.198 before recovering. However, the markets attributed the Monday moves to the expiration of options contracts, not the Japanese government.
The weaker Yen impacts the cost of living. Further weakness in the Yen could fuel inflationary pressures. A pickup in inflationary pressure would affect private consumption and the economy. In Q2 2023, private consumption accounted for 54.2% of the Japanese economy.
While intervention threats linger, Bank of Japan commentary also needs consideration. A more decisive outlook on monetary policy would influence the appetite for the Yen.
US CPI Report and Fed Speakers in Focus
On Tuesday, the US CPI Report will be the focal point. A hotter-than-expected US CPI Report could fuel bets on a December Fed rate hike. Economists forecast the US annual inflation rate to soften from 3.7% to 3.3%. However, economists predict core inflation to remain unchanged at 4.1%.
A more hawkish Fed rate path would increase borrowing costs and reduce disposable income. Downward trends in disposable income could affect consumer spending and demand-driven inflationary pressures.
However, a more hawkish rate path may also reignite fears of a hard landing. US private consumption accounts for over 60% of the economy. Weaker private consumption would impact the economy.
With inflation in focus, investors must monitor Fed speeches. FOMC members Loretta Mester, Austan Goldsbee, and Michael Barr are on the calendar to speak. Reaction to the US CPI Report and forward guidance on interest rates warrant consideration.
Near-term USD/JPY trends will hinge on the US CPI Report. A hotter-than-expected US CPI Report could fuel bets on a Fed rate hike and send the USD/JPY through 152. However, investors must consider threats to bolster the Yen.
USD/JPY Price Action
The USD/JPY held above the 50-day and 200-day EMAs, affirming bullish price signals. A USD/JPY break above the 151.889 resistance level would give the bulls a run at 152.500.
On Tuesday, investors will focus on US inflation, Fed speeches, and the Japanese government.
Hotter-than-expected US inflation numbers and hawkish Fed comments could bring 152.500 into play.
However, a USD/JPY drop below 151 would give the bears a run at the 150.201 support level.
The 14-day RSI at 61.97 suggests a USD/JPY break above the 151.889 resistance level before entering overbought territory.