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The euro's been absolutely hammered today. It shouldn't be a surprise to regular readers and/or anyone paying the tiniest bit of attention. Europe's in a mess and nobody's really sure how, when, (or even IF) they'll get out of it.

The euro vs other major currencies ๐Ÿ‘‡

And the scores on the doors to save you squinting ๐Ÿ‘‡

Note that Norway's Krone is likely under performing due to the strike action. ๐Ÿ‘‡

  • NORWEGIAN OIL AND GAS ASSOCIATION TO REUTERS: CONFIRMS ALMOST 60% OF NORWEGIAN GAS EXPORTS TO BE CUT FROM SATURDAY IF STRIKE ACTION ESCALATES
  • NORWEGIAN OIL AND GAS ASSOCIATION: LOST REVENUES ESTIMATED AT NOK 1.8 BLN A DAY WITH LATEST ESCALATION PLAN
  • NORWEGIAN OIL AND GAS ASSOCIATION: FROM SATURDAY, LOST OIL OUTPUT ESTIMATED AT 341,000 BARRELS PER DAY

Those strikes are happening at the worst possible time for European energy markets. Here's the 'usual' August pricing vs current pricing ๐Ÿ‘‡

Barchart

Add this to the Freeport LNG fire that we covered here ๐Ÿ‘‡

The Many Layers Of Supply & Demand
โ€œItโ€™s simple supply and demandโ€ Except supply and demand isnโ€™t always as simple as weโ€™d like it to be...

Which was followed by news that the facility would be out of action for most of the year... ๐Ÿ‘‡

Freeport LNG extends outage after fire, targets year end for full operations
Freeport LNG, one of the largest U.S. operators of liquefied natural gas export terminals, on Tuesday said damage from last weekโ€™s fire at its Texas plant would keep it fully offline until September with only partial operation through year end.

And you've got less LNG coming from the US, supply disruptions from Norway and Russia being Russia. Needless to say, Germany's preparing for the worst... ๐Ÿ‘‡

And so are the strategists at Citi. They now see an 80% probability of EURUSD parity 'in the near-term'.

Their theory is that the energy shock will have impacts on German industry, cause a fall in European stock prices, and that negative terms of trade have become more important than yield differentials. ๐Ÿ‘‡

Strategists at Citi say that throughout most of 2021 the euro traded closely to differentials at the front end of the interest rate curves, but that relationship has now completely broken down. Another relationship that has evaporated is the link to bond yield spreads in periphery countries of the eurozone; the recent tightening in spreads between Italian and German bonds hasnโ€™t supported the shared currency.
MW

Nomura's stuck the boot in too.

A couple of weeks back they had EURUSD at 1.04. ๐Ÿ‘‡

@doejistar

Now they're forecasting 0.95... ๐Ÿ‘‡


Primarily, it's a Russian gas flows trade. If Russia play nice, everything could work out just fine.

But Russia doesn't really have any incentive to play nice, nor offer any confirmation of their intentions (although I'm not sure they'd go as far as cutting gas flows off permanently) so the uncertainty will continue to weigh.

And it all compounds on top of the structural issues within the eurozone that we've been blasting into your inboxes ever since Macrodesiac started:

Target2: The stealth transfer system ๐Ÿ‘‡

Optimus (non)Prime: A Eurozone Banks story
Iโ€™ve rallied against Eurozone banks for a while. They are facing a lot of trouble over the next ten years, and the virus crisis has increased these issues.

The spreads that bind the currency union together ๐Ÿ‘‡

ECB: Definitely Here To Close The Spreads
Thursdayโ€™s ECB meeting will set the stage for hikes in July & September. Fragmentation risks will need to be addressed if they want to go faster...

And the problems that could arise if the ECB fails their test on the 21st of July ๐Ÿ‘‡

EU Fragmentation... Whatโ€™s All The Fuss About?
The EUโ€™s in a proper mess. This inflationary, monetary & energy crisis is set to be the sternest test yet of EU unity. Rumours that Draghiโ€™s appointing loyal technocrats in Italy...

Early signs aren't great. German Bundesbank chief Joachim Nagel wants limits on the fragmentation tool. ๐Ÿ‘‡

BBG
โ€œMonetary policy must not be driven by what are often very short-lived developments in the financial markets,โ€
โ€œUnusual monetary policy measures to combat fragmentation can be justified only in exceptional circumstances and under narrowly-defined conditions.โ€

That's a long way from Draghi's infamous "Whatever it takesโ„ข"

Time will tell, but it's REALLY hard to be bullish the euro right now.

We put this view out in April. Give or take 20 pips, it's proven to be a pretty good roadmap ๐Ÿ‘‡

EURUSD: History doesnโ€™t repeat, but it rhymes for FX:EURUSD by Macrodesiac
Well, well, well... Interesting chart we have here. If youโ€™re a keen central bank watcher like we are at Macrodesiac, then youโ€™ll have certain comments signposted at certain dates and prices. The first one to take note of is Draghiโ€™s comment back in July 2012... WHATEVER IT TAKES This phrase isโ€ฆ

Just waiting for the final phase to play out. I stand by this ๐Ÿ‘‡

Nagel's comments suggest that he thinks the ECB can go to the pub and let this all blow over, so where's the incentive for the Bundesbank to negotiate/compromise?

It's hard to disagree with this fine gentleman's assessment ๐Ÿ‘‡

Pain followed by a "death of the euro" Economist magazine cover which will mark multi-year lows for the single currency.

Got to admire their consistency ๐Ÿ‘‡


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