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Market update: USD/JPY surges as US inflation beats forecasts. What's next now?

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Tuesday's robust U.S. CPI data sends USD/JPY soaring, sparking speculation on interest rate shifts. Will the momentum continue? Expert analysis and technical insights reveal potential trading opportunities ahead.


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Written by: Diego Colman | Market Analyst, New York
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USD/JPY, already on an upward trajectory Tuesday morning, accelerated higher after February’s US consumer price index figures surpassed projections, an event that boosted US Treasury yields across the curve. For context, both headline and core CPI beat forecasts, with the former coming in at 3.2% y-o-y and the latter at 3.8% y-o-y, one-tenth of a percent above estimates in both instances.


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While Tuesday’s data failed to materially alter the odds of the first FOMC rate cut arriving in June, the report unearthed a troubling revelation: inflationary pressures are proving highly resistant and are running well above pre-Covid trends. This will not give the Fed the confidence it necessitates to begin policy easing. Markets may not agree with this assessment right now, but they have been wrong many times.


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For further clarity on the outlook for consumer prices, it is important to keep an eye on Thursday's PPI numbers. Another upside surprise like today's could be the wake-up call Wall Street needs to recognise it has been underestimating inflation risks. This could fuel a hawkish repricing of interest rate expectations, propelling bond yields and the US dollar upwards in the process.


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USD/JPY technical analysis

USD/JPY rebounded on Tuesday, pushing past resistance around the 147.50 level. If this breakout is confirmed on the daily candle, prices could start consolidating higher over the coming days, setting the stage for a possible move toward 148.90. On further strength, the spotlight will be on 149.70.

On the other hand, if sellers return and drive the exchange rate back below 147.50, the pair could slowly head back towards confluence support spanning from 146.50 to 146.00. Below this technical zone, all eyes will be on the 145.00 handle.

USD/JPY price action chart


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