BUZZ-COMMENT-Return of Ukraine angst leaves dollar at advantage vs yen


Sept 20 (Reuters) - USD/JPY rose on Tuesday on news that Russian-controlled regions in Ukraine planned to hold referendums on joining Russia, adding safe-haven flows to the dollar's case for returning to this month's 24-year high of 144.99.

Traders are also wary before the conclusion on Wednesday of the Fed's two-day meeting, which is expected to deliver a 75bp hike, exacerbating the rates divergence pulling USD/JPY higher and testing Japanese resolve to limit yen weakness.

The BoJ is expected to remain accommodative even after data showing Japanese inflation rose to 3% in August, though core-core held below the BoJ's 2% inflation target at 1.6%.

Tuesday's rise above 143.80 hints that USD/JPY bulls may be gearing up for a test of 24-year highs at 144.99.

A break above there would put the August 1998 high at 147.63 in focus and open the way for a test of key psychological resistance at 150, and likely start a new round of BoJ intervention talk.

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(Paul Spirgel is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own.)


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