The ISM Manufacturing data that came out on Tuesday 10:00AM EDT was better than expected and pushed the USD/JPY higher. The April ISM Services PMI came in 53.5 disappointing expectation of 55.5, and coming in lower than March's 56.0 reading. The USD/JPY was rallying before this release, and the initial reaction is resistance against the rally.

USD/JPY 1H Chart 5/3/2012 10:25AM EDT


The USD/JPY is seen in the 1H chart with bullish momentum as the RSI pushed above 70 and has stayed above 40. At the moment the 81.00 handle and declining channel resistance is the limit of the bullish outlook ahead of Friday's Non-Farm Payroll. If the market can push above 80.60 (also 200-hour simple moving average), the 81.00 level is in sight. However, if the market pushes below 80.00 in the US session, we can open up the lows near 79.65 down to the 79.50 handle, ahead of the NFP.

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