TOKYO – The currency pair showcased resilience in Asian session on Wednesday, stabilizing above its three-month lows in the mid-147 range. This steadiness comes as US Treasury yields experience slight increases and the Bank of Japan’s (BoJ) Deputy Governor Ryozo Himino maintains a dovish stance, emphasizing the continuation of easy monetary policies until Japan’s price stability targets are achieved.
‘s position was bolstered by a modest uptick in US Treasury yields, which often influence the currency’s value. Despite this, the greenback displayed signs of weakness due to growing investor expectations of a potential Federal Reserve rate cut in early 2024. These expectations are fueled by a mix of economic reports that suggest a shifting economic landscape.
Adding to the complex economic picture, Tokyo’s Core Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 2.3% in November. This increase has led to market speculation about a possible shift away from the BoJ’s longstanding negative interest rate policy.
Tuesday’s trading session was marked by significant volatility for the USD/JPY pair, which dipped to a low of 146.56 but managed to recover, closing nearly flat at 147.20. The initial drop in the US dollar was triggered by lower-than-expected JOLTS Job Openings data, hinting at a cooling labor market. However, the currency found support following a robust US ISM Services PMI report, which came in at 52.7.
Market participants now look ahead with keen interest to the upcoming ADP Employment Change data, seeking further evidence of labor market conditions. This data is considered a precursor to Friday’s crucial Non-Farm Payroll (NFP) figures, which could provide additional insights into the health of the US economy and influence Federal Reserve policy decisions moving forward.
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