2 Reasons to Buy the USD/JPY Pair

05/11/2011 6:00 am EST

Focus: FOREX

Major institutional buying after a long downward run gave this trader massive clues about where to buy into the inevitable correction.

The US dollar/yen (USD/JPY) pair has been on a downtrend now for 26 days or so. After such an extended run to the downside, it is now time for a correction, and Thursday's bottom tail bar on the daily chart (see chart below) is the first indicator.

Whenever a bottoming tail bar forms below and away from the 21-period simple moving average (SMA), that is a significant indicator for reversal.

Daily bars are not formed by retail traders like you and me. Only institutions can form big bars, and this bottoming tail bar shows a major switch in the conviction and sentiment of those institutions. At its bottom, that bar was extremely bearish and something caused the institutions to change their mind and begin to buy it, causing the bar to become very bullish.

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The second technical reason came about Friday morning. Note the very bullish igniting 15-minute bar. You can't miss it; it is the biggest bar by far on the 15-minute chart.

Again, retail traders cannot make a big bar like that. The institutions were accumulating heavily during that bar's formation. If institutions are buying heavily, I like to ride their coattails. I don't want to go against them.

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So what are my entries and where do I think it will ultimately go?

My first entry was when the high of the bottoming tail was taken out at 80.62, with a protective stop under the bottoming tail bar at 79.45. The low of that bar was 79.56, but I like to give it several pips in case of stop running. And because this is a countertrend trade, I only entered with a fifth of my total position on my first entry.

My second entry was the buy set-up off the 15-minute igniting bar. I bought on the retracement to the 21-period SMA at 80.55, with a stop at the same location, under that low of that daily bottom tail bar.

Now I am in with two-fifths of my total entry. I don't like to hold full size going into the weekend. If this were forming on a Monday or Tuesday, however, I would be buying more aggressively.

My next entry will be when the high of Friday's bar is taken out at 80.95. I will enter with another two-fifths, bringing my total to four-fifths total size.

I may not enter with the last one-fifth if it runs fast. I will look to enter my last piece if it pulls back and give me another buy set-up, yet stays above the low of the bottom tail bar.

My target is a 50% retracement of the downtrend, which is around 82.50. However, since this is a countertrend trade, I will scale out just like I scaled in. My method is one-fifth out at 81.50, another fifth out at 82.00, and another fifth at 82.50. I will hold the last fifth for a potential large run up.

After my first target is hit at 81.50, I will move my protective stop to break even on all the remaining lots. Other trade management systems can yield the same or greater profits.

Jamie Theiss is a full-time trader of stocks, forex, and occasionally, commodities.

By Jamie Theiss

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