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Fxwirepro: Usd/jpy Likely to Test 130 by End-2017 for First Time Since April 2002

The Bank of Japan in its November 1 monetary policy meeting mentioned its optimism over the growth of the economy, with moderate rate of recovery observed in the global demand. The central bank is expected to maintain an easing bias, but shall not remain compelled to ease in the medium term.

We foresee that the USD/JPY currency pair will test the 130 level towards the end of 2017, for the first time since April 2002. Also, the 10-year Treasury yield spread will likely widen, at over 250 basis points for the first time since 2010.

The BoJ aims at achieving the 2 percent inflation target with expectations of buying around JPY80 trillion of government bonds per year. Upward pressure on global yields since the US election could potentially mean more QE, though.

If Trump successfully implements his fiscal plan, consumer inflation will surely rise, giving the Federal Reserve wider space for an interest rate hike. Thereby, rising Fed fund rate will increase the cost of borrowing. After the Presidential election result, JPY witnessed a massive selling against U.S. dollar, sending the USD/JPY higher by 17 percent to 118.67 in just a month’s time.

Meanwhile, the USD/JPY traded at 117.10, down -0.20 percent, while at 11:00GMT, the FxWirePro’s Hourly Yen Strength Index remained highly bullish at 123.16 (a reading above +75 indicates a bullish trend, while that below -75 a bearish trend). For more details, visit http://www.fxwirepro.com/currencyindex

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Europe Roundup: Dxy Below 103, Markets Remain Quiet in Holiday-thinned Trade – Monday, December 26th, 2016

Market Roundup
 

Brazil’s 2017 year-end selic rate forecast 10.50 pct vs 10.50 pct previous week – Weekly central bank survey
 

Brazil’s 2016 GDP growth forecast -3.49 pct vs -3.48 pct previous week – Weekly central bank survey
 

China banking sector total assets +16.3 pct y/y to 222.25 trln yuan at end Nov- regulator
 

China banking sector total liabilities +16.2 pct y/y to 204.96 trln yuan at end Nov- regulator
 

Russia 2017 oil exports will be “slightly” higher than in 2016 – Interfax cites energy ministry
 

BOJ’S Kuroda: Japan economy now able to move forward supported by tailwinds from global economic recovery
 

BOJ’S Kuroda: Japan’s economy no longer in deflation but yet to achieve 2 pct inflation target, which is a global standard
 

BOJ’S Kuroda: Deceleration in global trade volume was largely driven by sluggish demand in business fixed investment, mainly in emerging economies
 

China commerce ministry expects foreign direct investment at 785 bln yuan in 2016
 

Thai Nov customs-cleared trade balance +1.54 bln dlrs (vs +0.50 bln dlrs in Reuters poll) – Commerce ministry
 

Thai Nov customs-cleared imports +3.0 pct yr/yr (vs -1.05 pct in Reuters poll) – Commerce ministry
 

Thai Nov customs-cleared exports +10.2 pct yr/yr (vs +1.55 pct in Reuters poll) – Commerce ministry
 

China industry minister expects China’s industrial output to grow around 6 pct y/y in 2017 – Official paper
 

Economic Data Ahead
 

No economic data is scheduled for release as equity, forex, money and commodity markets will remain closed on account of Christmas Day (Observed).
 

FX Beat
 

DXY:  The U.S dollar index recovered slightly till 103.23 after declining till 102.59. The index taken support near 10- day MA and is currently trading around 102.90. Resistance seen around 103.60 and any break above targets 105. On the lower side, any break below 102.55 (10- day MA) will drag the index down till 101.70 (21- day MA)/100.60. Short term bullish invalidation only below 98.
 

EURUSD: EUR/USD largely rangebound in holiday-thinned trade. The pair made a high of 1.04990 and slightly declined from that level. It is currently trading around 1.04525. Close above 10- day MA required for further bullishness. Any close above will take the pair to next level till 1.0572 (21- day MA)/1.0670. Short term bullishness only above 1.06700 level. On the lower side, strong support is seen at 1.03400 (127.2% retracement of 1.03665 and 1.04720) and any violation below will drag the pair till 1.02835 (161.8% retracement of 1.05047 and 1.08700).
 

AUDUSD: AUD/USD edges higher from multi-month lows of 0.7159. Upside finds strong resistance by 5-DMA at 0.7215. Technical indicators are biased lower, RSI in oversold territory. The pair finds strong support at 0.7145, break below could see further drag. On the higher side minor resistance is around 0.7230 (5- day MA) and any break above will take the pair till 0.7300 (38.2% retracement of 0.75230 and 0.71599)/0.7435/0.7500. 
 

GBP/USD: Cable extends grind below 1.23 handle. The pair trades an extremely narrow range, rose till 1.22952. At the time of writing it was trading at 1.2267. Short term trend is still weak as long as resistance 1.2300 (support turned into resistance) holds. On the higher side, any violation above 1.23000 will take the pair to next level till 1.2380/1.2440 in the short term. Major support is around 1.2230 (61.8% retracement of 1.27750 and 1.19048) and any violation below will drag the pair down till 1.2150/1.2080.
 

USD/JPY: USD/JPY is facing strong support at 10- day MA and slight weakness can be seen only below that level.  It is currently trading around 117.02. The pair’s major resistance is around 119 and break above targets 120. On the lower side minor support is around 117.05 (10-day MA) and any break below targets 116.69 (daily Tenken-Sen)/115.27 (21- day MA). 
 

AUD/NZD: AUD/NZD is on verge of breach of ‘Symmetric Triangle’ pattern. The pair finds series of resistance on the upside: Ichi cloud base (1.0501), 100-DMA (1.0501), Triangle top (1.0485). Price action pivotal at triangle base at 1.04, decisive break below will see drag upto 1.0237. On the flipside, a breakout above 1.0501 could see test of 1.0612. Watch out for breach of triangle base at 1.04 to go short, target 1.0350, 1.0310, 1.0240
 

Equities Recap
 

European stock markets are closed due to Christmas day. Tokyo’s Nikkei closed down 0.16 pct at 19,396.64, Seoul shares ended up 0.14 pct. 
 

China’s CSI300 Index gained 0.4 pct at 3,322.40 points, while Shanghai Composite Index finished the day up 0.4 pct at 3,122.57 points. Taiwan stocks closed up 0.4 pct at 9,110.54 points.
 

Treasuries Recap
 

China: The Chinese sovereign bonds gained as President Xi Jinping dumped economic growth target of 6.5 percent in his Friday’s speech, targeting debt bubble and economic outlook. We foresee that bond prices will keep drifting between small gains and losses in quiet trading session. The yield on the benchmark 10-year bonds fell nearly 2 basis points to 3.19 percent, the long-term 30-year bond yield dipped 3 basis points to 3.76 percent and the yield on the short-term 2-year bonds slid 7 basis points to 2.99 percent.
 

JGBs: The Japanese government bonds traded nearly flat as investors remain sidelined in any big deal amid closer of many major global markets on occasion of Christmas holidays. The benchmark 10-year bond yield hovered around 0.05 percent, the long-term 30-year bond yield also climbed 1/2 basis point to 0.68 percent and the yield on short-term 2-year note remained steady at -0.17 percent.
 

India: The Indian sovereign bonds slumped ahead of the Reserve Bank of India’s auction of 21 days Government of India Cash Management Bills under the Market Stabilisation Scheme (MSS) for a notified amount of INR500 billion. The yield on the benchmark 10-year bonds rose nearly 3 basis points to 6.57 percent and the yield on short-term 2-year note bounced 1 basis point to 6.35 percent.
 

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Friend of South Korea’s impeached Park “says sorry” for scandal

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Reuters
Mon, 2016-12-26
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SEOUL: The detained friend of impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye, at the center of a corruption scandal engulfing Park’s administration, said she was sorry on Monday when questioned by a special parliamentary committee, an opposition MP said.
Choi Soon-sil, whom Park has said she turned to at difficult times, denied key allegations against her, including colluding with Park to pressure big businesses into paying money to foundations she controlled, the MP said.
“I am sorry to the people of the country,” Choi was quoted as saying by opposition Democratic Party MP Sohn Hye-won, who visited Choi at the Seoul Detention Center and later told a committee hearing what she had said.
Choi and former government officials are on trial for abuse of power and fraud and are also under investigation on other charges by a special prosecutor who is probing Park’s role in the scandal.
The visit came after Choi ignored several summons to appear at parliament hearings.
Prosecutors who indicted Choi last month said Park had colluded with her and her former aides to pressure big conglomerates to contribute 77 billion won ($64 million) to foundations set up to back her policy initiatives.
Park has denied wrongdoing but apologized for carelessness in her ties with Choi.
Park’s Dec. 9 impeachment is being reviewed by the Constitutional Court which has up to 180 days to reach a decision.
Park has immunity from prosecution as long as she is in office even though her powers are suspended.

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