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USD/JPY Shrugs After BoJ Core Inflation Dips

By Published On: March 27, 20241.6 min readViews: 4140 Comments on USD/JPY Shrugs After BoJ Core Inflation Dips

The Japanese yen continues to have a quiet week. In the North American session, USD/JPY is trading at 151.36, down 0.03%.

BoJ core inflation eases to 2.3%

Bank of Japan core inflation fell to 2.3% in February, down from 2.6% in January and shy of the market estimate of 2.5%. The release further complicates the inflation picture in Japan, as we continue to see inflation indicators heading in all directions. The BoJ core inflation index eased in February ,while the services producer price index climbed 2.1%, unchanged from January.

The BoJ made a massive pivot last week as it raised interest rates for the first time in 17 years. The central bank is counting on rising service inflation replacing cost-push inflation as the main driver of inflation, which it expects will make inflation sustainable around the 2% target.

The shift in monetary policy has not translated into a win for the yen, which is above the 151 line. There is the threat of currency intervention, as Tokyo intervened last September and October when USD/JPY rose above 152. Japanese officials are trying to jawbone the yen higher before resorting to intervention, with Japan’s top currency diplomat sending a warning on Monday to speculators from trying to sell of the yen, saying the currency’s recent slide did not reflect fundamentals.

In the US, it was a mixed day. Durable goods recovered in February with a gain of 1.4% m/m in February. This followed a 6.9% slide in January and beat the market estimate of 1.1%. The Conference Board consumer confidence index was almost unchanged at 104.7 in February, compared to 104.8 a month earlier. This was shy of the market estimate of 107.

USD/JPY Technical

USD/JPY tested support earlier at 151.35. Below, there is support at 151.13
151.64 and 151.86 are the next resistance lines

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