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USD/JPY unimpressed by upbeat US ISM non-manufacturing figure

Discussion in 'Fundamental Analysis' started by FXStreet_Team, Mar 3, 2016.

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    The USD/JPY pair has surrendered entire gains and is threatening to turn negative on the day as traders are unimpressed by the better-than-expected US ISM non-manufacturing figure.

    Service sector employment drops

    The bid tone around USD failed to gather pace even though the headline figure beat estimates due to a sharp rise in the business index as the sector shed jobs in February. The employment index fell to 49.7 in Feb (below 50 shows contraction) from January figure of 52.1.

    This seems to have kept the USD bulls at the bay as a drop in service sector employment means increased odds of a weaker-than-expected payrolls figure. The spot currently trades around 113.60 levels; largely unchanged after the data release.

    USD/JPY Technical Levels

    The immediate resistance is seen at 114.48 (June high-Feb low), followed by a barrier at 114.87 (Feb 16 high). On the other hand, a break below 5-DMA at 113.58 could see the spot test major support at 113.00 (10-DMA).
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