Following today's Bank of Japan event, the yen is mostly mixed. While expectations were building for the Bank to communicate a change in strategy as we wrote in our BoJ preview, Governor Kuroda instead delivered a non-event. As such, trading action in the yen following the event has been fairly limited. Looking at other economic data, cross-border stock and bond investment data continue to show capital outflows (weakening the yen). Our short-term and medium-term outlook remains bearish.
USD/JPY is currently trading just above 113.50. Looking at the euro versus the yen, EUR/JPY is up and is currently trading above 134.70.
This is a fairly important week for economic data and events relating to the yen. Japanese trade balances were better than expected (+¥113.4b vs. -¥54.9b expected). Cross-border stock (-¥622.5b) and bond investments (+¥51.0B) show that capital outflows continue. The Bank of Japan meeting was mostly a non-event, with Governor Kuroda suggesting no change in future monetary policy. Last week, the Tankan survey showed that Japanese businesses remain optimistic.
As the yen sells off on hopes for US tax cuts, we are downgrading the yen to bearish. Looking at the yen on a weekly chart, the currency is trading within normal conditions. This is based on various technical indicators when looking at a weekly chart.