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March 31, 2023

GBP/USD recovers modest intraday losses

- GBP/USD attracts some dip-buying and remains closer to over a two-month high set on Friday.

- The USD pares intraday gains in reaction to softer inflation data and lends support to the pair.

- The fundamental backdrop favours bulls and supports prospects for a further appreciating move.

The GBP/USD pair reverses a dip to the 1.2355-1.2350 region and trades in the neutral territory during the early North American session on Friday. The pair, however, remains below over a two-month high touched this Friday and is currently placed around the 1.2380-1.2385 zone, nearly unchanged for the day.

The US Dollar (USD) trims a part of its intraday gains following the release of the Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) Price Index and turns out to be a key factor that assists the GBP/USD pair to attract fresh buyers at lower levels. In fact, the US Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that the headline PCE Price Index decelerated to a 5% YoY rate in February - the slowest pace of rise since September 2021. Adding to this, the Fed's favourite inflation indicator - Core PCE Deflator - edged down to 4.7% during the reported month against consensus estimates pointing to a steady reading of 4.7%.

The data fuels speculations that the Federal Reserve might soon pause the rate-hiking cycle in the wake of the turmoil in the banking sector, which is evident from a fresh leg down in the US Treasury bond yields. This, along with the prevalent risk-on mood, acts as a headwind for the safe-haven Greenback and lends support to the GBP/USD pair. The British Pound is further underpinned by the prospects for additional interest rate hikes by the Bank of England (BoE). The bets were reaffirmed by the UK GDP print, which showed that the economy expanded by 0.1% during the fourth quarter.

The fundamental backdrop favours bullish traders and suggests that the path of least resistance for the GBP/USD pair is to the upside. Hence, any meaningful pullback might still be seen as a buying opportunity and is more likely to remain limited, at least for the time being. Nevertheless, spot prices remain on track to register strong weekly gains and end in the green for the sixth successive week.

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