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USD/JPY can test higher levels
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Have a look at the daily chart of USD/JPY: the 50-day MA went above the 100-day MA, while the pair has once again risen above the 200-day MA at 111.50. Earlier the pair failed to hold at this level. This time, however, given the fast recovery from the support at 111.00, it may be more successful as there’s a scope for an advance to the 2018 resistance line at 112.80.
On Thursday, the 2nd of February, the Bank of England will publish its report concerning interest rates and inflation data for the Eurozone. Professionals and investors anticipate that Andrew Bailey’s lead team of policy makers will likely raise interest rates to 4%; the highest in over a decade, for the tenth time in a row.
The first FOMC meeting comes after a buildup of anticipation from traders and investors alike, as the markets await what posture the Fed will take regarding the interest rates; would there be a hike or a cut in interest rates? Recall that the Federal Open Market Committee had previously ended the year 2022 with a 50bps hike, and an indication from Powell, the committee chairman, that the Fed could consider raising interest rates by 75bps in the course of the year 2023.
Western countries are trying to find other options for oil and gas supplies after a 10th package of sanctions, which will put more pressure on Russian oil and decrease global oil supply. Italy, for example, is in talks with Libya.