USDJPY long : The downside trend just reversed !

FX:USDJPY   U.S. Dollar/Japanese Yen
a month ago
The USDJPY             pair just made a trend change ; it has been confirmed at the beginning of the week.

For the past 12 months, USDJPY             was in a fast downside trend, losing approximately 20%. But once it has reached the very strong psychological level of 100Y for 1$, we have noticed a change in the bearish dynamic. After three bounces at this price (now Major support area), the downside trend made a reversal, confirmed by two facts :
- first (PINK 1 on the chart), both the 80 days Moving average and the upper descending trendline have been passed when they were previously containing buyers during the whole bearish wave. This was one indication that the trend was about to reverse.
- secondly (PINK 2 on the chart), the previous top at 104.155Y has been passed too. This is definitely showing that the downside trend is over, by definition.

Now, the USDJPY pair should continue its ascension toward the first and second resistances that correspond to the two next tops.
The short term level to look at closely is 102.80Y because this is the first invalidation level of the reversal. If it is broken, this will show some signs of weakness of the reversal. Obviously, if 100Y had to be broken too, this would definitely mean that the downside trend is back.

For the ones who want to initiate a long position based on that idea, the short term stop should be placed just below 102.80Y (invalidation of the reversal scenario).

Feel free to comment your idea and suggestions !
a month ago
Trade closed: stop reached: Stop reached yesterday. Short closed @ 102.80
Hey Alexandre, if you use the log chart on USDJPY, your channel resistance will be much cleaner (not that it matters anymore). I agree with your assessment here; USJDPY has reversed its downtrend (100 was approximately the 50% Fib level of the bullish cycle from the 2011 extremes (Boj intervention) and last year's highs.
AdrianRaymondFX PRO AdrianRaymondFX
a month ago
Probably looking at a range for the foreseeable future.

AlexandreNygal AdrianRaymondFX
a month ago
Hi Adrian, thank you for your explanations provided about the USDJPY pair. I usually use log scales only for stocks (when it makes a significant increase or drop), but here you just showed how useful it can be in order to adjust trendlines.
The reversal we can notice now is only short term in my opinion (for now) ; it would be really confirmed if USDJPY passes 106.80 (Major resistance, plus 200 days moving average as you put it on your chart).
I did not know the Disparity index ; do you think it is reliable as an indicator for trading or it just shows an information about the trend's pace ?
AdrianRaymondFX PRO AlexandreNygal
a month ago
The disparity index is a momentum indicator that I like to use. It shows the % difference between price and a moving average (here the 200-DMA). Like the RSI, you can use the disparity index to detect divergences and momentum breakouts.
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