USDJPY – Down
USDJPY trading plan:
U.S. business activity contracted for the first time in nearly two years in July as a sharp slowdown in the service sector outweighed continued modest growth in manufacturing, painting a glum picture for an economy stunted by high inflation, rising interest rates and deteriorating consumer confidence. U.S. Composite PMI Output Index had tumbled far more than expected to 47.5 this month from a final reading of 52.3 in June. With a reading below 50 indicating business activity had contracted, it is a development likely to feed into a vocal debate over whether the U.S. economy is back in – or near – a recession after rebounding sharply from the downturn in early 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. July’s fall marked the fourth monthly drop in a row and was largely driven by pronounced weakness in the services sector index, which fell to the lowest since May 2020 at 47.0 from 52.7 a month earlier. That was enough to offset relative steadiness in manufacturing, with the group’s factory activity index edging down to 52.3 from 52.7, indicating the sector was still growing but now at its weakest pace since July 2020.
Investment idea: sell 136.68 and take profit 136.11.
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