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Forex GBP/USD extends recovery towards 1.2500 on better-than-forecast UK inflation

Discussion in 'Forex Forum' started by gamred, May 24, 2023.

  1. gamred

    gamred New Member

    Dec 21, 2020
    GBP/USD renews intraday high near 1.2465 as the UK’s inflation numbers rose more than expected in April. Adding strength to the Cable pair’s latest run-up could be the US Dollar’s retreat ahead of the key data/events, as well as due to fresh fears of US default.
    That said, the UK’s inflation, per the Consumer Price Index (CPI) gauge, rose 8.7% YoY in April compared to 10.1% marked in the last month and 8.2% forecasts.
    Also read: Breaking: UK annualized CPI inflation falls to 8.7% in April vs. 8.2% expected
    The strong inflation data justifies the latest hawkish bias of the Bank of England (BoE) officials including Governor Andrew Bailey, during the previous day’s BoE Monetary Policy Hearings. The same allows the Pound Sterling to brace for the biggest daily gain in a week.
    Apart from the UK data, the US Dollar’s weakness also favors the GBP/USD buyers as the US Dollar Index (DXY) snaps a two-day winning streak as it prints mild losses around 103.45 by the press time. While tracing the USD’s recent retreat, the ongoing US debt ceiling drama gains major attention as policymakers recently struggle to justify the hopes of avoiding default.
    On the contrary, firmer prints of the US data and hawkish Fed concerns challenge the Cable pair buyers. That said, the odds of witnessing a 0.25% rate hike in June’s Fed meeting recently increased and allow the US Dollar to remain firmer.
    Talking about the sentiment, the risk profile remains dicey as S&P500 Futures ignore Wall Street’s downbeat performance to print mild gains whereas the US 10-year and two-year Treasury bond yields retreated from the highest levels since early March the previous day.
    Having witnessed the initial reaction to the UK inflation numbers, the GBP/USD pair may witness a lackluster session as traders could turn cautious ahead of a speech from BoE Governor Andrew Bailey and Minutes of the latest Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Monetary Policy Meeting.

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