The USD/JPY has had a slow start to the day. Investors shouldn’t focus their attention on any significant economic statistics coming out of Japan this morning. Due to a paucity of statistics, the debt ceiling issue and market perception of monetary policy divergences are taking the lead.
On Tuesday, private sector PMIs from Japan and the United States outperformed expectations, keeping the USD/JPY steady for the session. However, the data suggested a more hawkish Fed, while the Bank of Japan maintained its ultra-easy monetary policy.
A Bank of Japan adjustment or a failure to secure a debt ceiling agreement in Washington would swing the balance in favor of the Japanese Yen.
More purchasing demand, according to UOB Group’s Economist Lee Sue Ann and Markets Strategist Quek Ser Leang, might drive USD/JPY beyond 139.00 in the coming weeks.
Concerns over the debt ceiling dampen investor confidence.
Concerns over the upcoming (01/06/2023) US debt limit deadline have weighed on investors’ thoughts, reducing risk sentiment and supporting the US dollar’s safe-haven reputation. President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy had no agreement on how to increase the debt ceiling, leaving only ten days until a possible default.
As the deadline for raising the debt ceiling approaches, the policy differences among legislators have produced a tense environment. The yield on the one-month Treasury bill has increased significantly, signaling market worries as short-end U.S. Treasury rates have surged. Although not as significant as the one-month bill, the yield on the two-month Treasury note increased as well.
The USD/JPY may continue to find support given the current views that the Federal Reserve would keep higher rates for a longer period and the diminished possibility of rate decreases. Uncertainty is increased by the ongoing debt limit debate, which may in turn cause short-term market volatility. Any changes relating to the debt ceiling deadline must be closely watched since they might have a huge impact on the financial markets.
USD/JPY Long (Buy)
Enter At: 139.030
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