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The Bullish Momentum Continues for USD/JPY as Iran Accepts Not Aiming to Kill US Personnel

Yesterday the sentiment turned quite negative after Iran attacked some US military bases in Iraq, as a retaliatory measure for Soleimani’s killing. Traders feared a US response and further escalation, but the US played it cool and Donald Trump didn’t give any hints at attacking back. As a result, the situation improved and safe havens turned lower.

Today, the situation is calming down further and Iran’s comments on the issue are helping. A senior Iranian Guards commander was speaking on state television a while ago, making comments below:

  • Missile strikes’ aim was not to kill US troops, but to damage military machines
  • Missile attacks on US targets started operation that will continue across the region
  • The appropriate revenge to Soleimani’s killing is to expel US troops from the region

USD/JPY was finding support at the 100 SMA (green) on the daily chart in the last several days and yesterday it bounced off that moving average. Today the upside momentum is continuing and this pair seems to be heading towards December’s highs.

So, USD/JPY will likely remain bullish as long as there is no escalation, which doesn’t seem likely now, and retraces down should be seen as good opportunities to go long.

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Skerdian Meta Lead Analyst. Skerdian is a professional Forex trader and a market analyst. He has been actively engaged in market analysis for the past 11 years. Before becoming our head analyst, Skerdian served as a trader and market analyst in Saxo Bank's local branch, Aksioner. Skerdian specialized in experimenting with developing models and hands-on trading. Skerdian has a masters degree in finance and investment.
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