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British Pound (GBP/USD) Forecast: Nord Stream Shutdown Adds Fuel to Energy Crisis


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POUND STERLING TALKING POINTS

  • European energy crisis grabs headlines leaving GBP exposed.
  • U.S. economic data in focus today.

British Pound (GBP/USD) Forecast: Nord Stream Shutdown Adds Fuel to Energy  Crisis

GBP/USD FUNDAMENTAL BACKDROP

Pound sterling trades marginally higher against the U.S. dollar this morning but recent news around the stoppage of gas flows via a major pipeline to Europe has stemmed fears around an impending energy crisis. An already beleaguered UK economy will surely feel the inflationary pinch as the region heads into the winter months. UK gas prices are roughly 3% at the time of writing but one positive for the UK economy comes from their gas storage levels which are currently 100%(see chart below).

UK GAS PRICES

UK gas prices

Source: Refinitiv

UK GAS STORAGE LEVELS (%)

UK gas storage

Source: Refinitiv

The Bank of England (BoE) already faces a tough challenge as recessionary expectations in Q4 mount however money markets have increased their interest rate bets for the September meet roughly 4bps from Monday. A 75bps hike remains an option as I do not envisage an aggressive BoE over the winter months so front loading now may be necessary.

BANK OF ENGLAND INTEREST RATE PROBABILITIES

BoE interest rate probabilities

Source: Refinitiv

GBP/USD ECONOMIC CALENDAR

The economic calendar (see below) for today is stacked with U.S. centric data with focus on Fed officials as well as the ADP employment data. From a Fed perspective, I foresee a continuation of the hawkish disposition by Fed Chair Jerome Powell last week Friday through the Loretta Mester later this afternoon and could result in additional support for the greenback.

economic calendar

Source: DailyFX Economic Calendar

 

 

Aug 31, 2022 | DailyFX
Warren Venketas, Analyst

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