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USD/JPY Maintaining ST Bearish Stance Ahead of NFP

Last week, USD/JPY fell sharply to 115.90 before slowly drifting back up to 121.73. This week, price has retreated from the 121.73 high and looks bearish ahead of Friday's key Non-Farm Payroll risk.

USD/JPY 1H Chart 9/1


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The 1H chart shows that the first couple session of the week have been bearish for the pair. Price is now hanging around 120, below the cluster of 200-, 100-, and 50-hour simple moving averages and below a rising support line from last week. The price action suggests that if price can now start holding under 120, the 115.90-116 lows will still be in sight. We might not see a dip to that low ahead of the NFP, but a test of 118 is more probable.