USD/JPY’s rebound from 104.45 extended higher last week despite diminishing upside momentum. Further rise is expected this week with 107.19 support intact. Next target is 109.31 key resistance. We’d continue to look for topping sign as it approaches this 109.31. On the downside, break of 107.19 minor support will suggest that rebound from 104.45 has completed. Intraday bias will be turned back to the downside for retesting 104.45 low. However, decisive break of 109.31 will carry larger bullish implication.
In the bigger picture, decline from 118.65 (Dec 2016) is still in progress and the pair is staying well inside long term falling channel. Firm break of 104.69 will target 100% projection of 118.65 to 104.62 from 114.54 at 100.51. For now, we’d expect strong support above 98.97 (2016 low) to contain downside to bring rebound. However, firm break of 109.31 will be the first sign of medium term reversal and bring stronger rise to 112.40 resistance for confirmation.
In the long term picture, the rise from 75.56 (2011 low) long term bottom to 125.85 (2015 high) is viewed as an impulsive move, no change in this view. Price actions from 125.85 are seen as a corrective move which could still extend. In case of deeper fall, downside should be contained by 61.8% retracement of 75.56 to 125.85 at 94.77. Up trend from 75.56 is expected to resume at a later stage for above 135.20/147.68 resistance zone.