USD/JPY is expected to trade in a lower range. US stocks continued advancing on Friday with the Dow Jones Industrial Average gaining 0.6% to 16433, the S&P 500 rising 0.5% to 1961, and the Nasdaq Composite climbing 0.5% to 4822. Nymex crude oil dropped 2.8% to settle at $44.63 a barrel, gold fell 0.3% to $1107 a troy ounce, while the 10-year Treasury yield edged down to 2.191% from 2.222% on Thursday. While all eyes are on the US Federal Reserve interest rate decision at its September 16-17 meeting, the US dollar weakened against most other major currencies on Friday. The pair is trading below the key resistance at 120.95. Intraday technical indicators are mixed: the 20-period intraday moving average (MA) stays below the 50-period one, while the intraday relative strength indicator (RSI) is above the neutrality level of 50. As long as 120.95 holds as the key resistance, the pair is expected to show choppy price actions with a bearish bias. The first downside target is set at 119.60 (around the low of September 11); and the second one, at 119.10 (around the low of September 10).
The pair is trading below its pivot point. It is likely to trade in a lower range as long as it remains below the pivot point. Short positions are recommended with the first target at 119.60. A break of that target will move the pair further downwards to 119.10. The pivot point stands at 120.95. In case the price moves in the opposite direction and bounces back from the support level, it will move above its pivot point. It is likely to move further to the upside. According to that scenario, long positions are recommended with the first target at 121.30 and the second target at 121.70.
Resistance levels: 121.70 122 122.50
Support levels: 119.90 119.60 119.20
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