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USDJPY Remains In Broad Range, Short-Term Bias Turns Neutral After Fading Recent Rally

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USDJPY remains rangebound since the beginning of this year although the recent bullish phase that took prices to the mid-113 handle has shifted to neutral as upside momentum ran out of steam.

The market appears to be finding support at the 200-day moving average (MA) and falling below 111.84 would mean a short-term top is in place at Friday’s 113.43 high.

The immediate risk is tilted to the downside with scope to target the key 111 level around the 100-day MA and the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement of the September-October rally. Further weakness from here has the potential to push prices down to 108.

A rise above the 114 level would shift focus back to the upside and help USDJPY break out of the broader range.

But the short-term bias remains neutral to bearish as trend indicators are essentially flat and MACD has faded its bullish momentum to a neutral one. RSI has turned back down. The overall alignment of the moving averages is bearish.

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