Tuesday 26th July 2022
From Wednesday one of two operating turbines on the Nordstream pipeline will be switched off, effectively halving the existing supply, taking gas provision to Europe down to 20 percent of full capacity. There’s no clear evidence that Europe has a coordinated plan to deal with reduced supplies, as EU member nations argue over the equality of calls for reduced consumption. NAB’s Ray Attrill says the threat of the full blown weaponization of gas supplies later in the year is still very much a live issue. Meanwhile, markets are treading water ahead of the FOMC meeting middle of the week, the US GDP read after that and Aussie inflation numbers tomorrow. There’s also a slew of major earnings results over the next few days.