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Market Focus on UK Inflation Report as GBP/USD Holds Ground

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Stay updated on the UK Inflation Report as GBP/USD Holds Ground—analysis of changing retail sentiment and critical resistance levels.

The British Pound (GBP) holds firm as traders await the UK inflation report, with GBP/USD near 1.2700. The US dollar sees a slight recovery as Federal Reserve members caution on 2024 rate cuts.

In the wake of Friday’s statements from Williams and Bostic, the greenback regained ground, countering recent declines. However, analysts suggest that this resurgence may be short-lived. Williams emphasized that the Fed is not currently considering rate cuts, while Bostic hinted at potential reductions in the third quarter of 2024. Market expectations, however, anticipate a more aggressive approach, projecting six rate cuts starting in March, totaling 150 basis points.

Market Focus on UK Inflation Report as GBP/USD Holds Ground

As the festive season approaches, the British Pound retains the gains from the previous week, with GBP/USD testing at 1.2700. Focus now on the forthcoming UK inflation data and the final Q3 GDP report. Over recent months, the declining trend in UK inflation has raised expectations for a possible acknowledgment from Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey regarding potential rate adjustments in the coming year.

GBP/USD, trading just below 1.2700, faces support levels around 1.2630 to 1.2600, expected to hold steady through the year-end. In the days ahead, we anticipate resistance at the recent multi-week high of 1.2791 and the 23.6% Fibonacci retracement at 1.2826.

Retail trader data for GBP/USD reveals a balanced sentiment, with 49.10% of traders net-long and a short-to-long ratio of 1.04 to 1. The recent figures show a 5.35% increase in net-long traders compared to yesterday, while net short traders have risen by 5.86%. Weekly data indicate an 8.44% decrease in net-long positions and a 1.17% decline in net short positions.

LongsShortsOpen Interest
Daily Change+9%+7%+8%
Weekly Change-5%-3%-4%
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