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Forex: USD/JPY testing support at 92.89

FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - The USD/JPY hit rock bottom Wednesday at 92.84 (intraday minimum), having witnessed subpar economic data out of the United States. With the BoJ April policy meeting in focus, the pair is now trading at 92.86/91, testing support in these moments and trading -0.58% off its opening.

Briefing the technicals, the USD/JPY is slated to encounter calculated support at 92.89, ahead of 92.18, and finally 91.80. On the ascension, a break above 93.98 will lead to resistances at 94.36 and 95.07.

According to the ICN.com analyst team, “The USD/JPY dropped and after several attempts to the upside affected by resistance level of the downside move, forcing us to expect further bearishness. In case of failing to break 93.05, a technical positive Falling Wedge Pattern might be formed.”

In the United States, ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI (March) came in at 54.5, missing estimates of 55.8. Earlier, ADP Employment change came in at 58K in March, against expectations calling for 200K, and compared with 237K previously.

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