The euro sinks below parity against the dollar as Gazprom pipeline shutdown stokes recession worries

– The euro fell below the US dollar's value on Monday for the second time this year.

– Gazprom's pending maintenance shutdown of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline into Europe pressured the euro.

– The dollar rose ahead of the Federal Reserve's Jackson Hole symposium this week.

The euro fell below the value of the US dollar on Monday, slipping below parity on fears over a gas shortage worsening in Europe.

The decline took place just days before the Federal Reserve was expected to stress its aim of clamping down on high inflation at its symposium in Jackson Hole,

The euro fell 0.7% to $0.9968, marking the second time in a month and this year the shared currency has traded below $1 against the greenback

Benchmark European natural gas prices soared Monday and Gazprom's move stirred speculation about a prolonged closure of the key pipeline.

"The energy shock seems sure [it will] drive Europe into a recession,"

 Marc Chandler, chief market strategist at Bannockburn Global Forex, in a Monday note in which he outpointed European natural gas prices have jumped by almost 380% so far in 2022.

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