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25 April 2024 | FXGT.com

Decisive Moments for the Yen: BoJ Meeting and US Economic Indicators in Play

Yen Weakness Amid BOJ Meeting: As the Bank of Japan (BoJ) commenced its two-day rate-setting meeting on Thursday, the yen remained notably weak, breaking above the ¥155 per dollar mark —a level not seen since 1990. This movement leaves traders on edge, pondering if Tokyo might intervene during ongoing policy discussions.

BOJ Policy Outlook: The consensus is that the BoJ will maintain its short-term interest rate target unchanged at the close of the meeting on Friday. This follows the central bank’s historic move last month to end negative interest rates. Experts suggest a slightly hawkish stance but anticipate continued accommodative financial conditions.

Potential Rate Increases by BOJ: BOJ Governor Kazuo Ueda recently highlighted that the central bank might consider further rate hikes if the yen’s depreciation continues to drive up import costs, thereby sustaining higher price increases. He repeated this stance, stating that rates would rise again should inflation edge closer to the 2% target.

Inflation Data: BoJ Governor Kazuo Ueda comments place increased attention on the medium-term inflation forecast expected to be released with the BoJ’s statement at the meeting’s conclusion. This forecast will be critical in shaping the central bank’s future policy direction.

US Data Watch: The upcoming release of U.S. GDP data later today followed by the Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) index tomorrow are expected to introduce considerable volatility and affect price dynamics. The upcoming data could potentially push USD/JPY even higher, unless countered by a shift in BoJ policy or intervention by Japanese financial authorities.

Intervention Effects: Without any proactive measures from the BoJ or finance officials, the USD/JPY could continue to climb, potentially testing the next resistance near the ¥160.00 level. Conversely, intervention by the finance ministry could lead to sharp moves in the opposite direction, as previous interventions have shown immediate shifts leading to 500 pip moves within a single day.

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