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USD/JPY closed lower due to short covering on Wednesday as it consolidates some of this month's rally. The low-range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Thursday. Stochastics and the RSI remain neutral to bullish signalling that sideways to higher prices are possible near-term. If it extends this month's rally, December's high crossing is the next upside target. Closes below the 20-day moving average crossing would confirm that a short-term high has been posted.