Forint leads currencies lower on Nord Stream gas leak worries



By Anita Komuves

BUDAPEST, Sept 28 (Reuters) - The Hungarian forint led losses in central Europe on Wednesday as currencies in the region were pressured by the strength of the dollar and concerns over major leaks into the Baltic Sea from two Russian gas pipelines.

The forint EURHUF= shed 1.17% and was trading at 411.30 to the euro as it ceded gains from the previous session when it firmed after a larger-than-expected 125 bps central bank rate hike to 13%.

The bank also said that it was ending its year-long rate hike cycle amid a slowing economy and that it will focus on liquidity tightening from now on.

Wednesday's weakening was not specific to the forint and was driven by international events, two FX traders in Budapest said. But the central bank's move to end its rate hikes while inflation remains on the rise could leave the currency vulnerable to shifts in global sentiment, some analysts said.

"Cheap FX valuation, a more cautious fiscal stance and high carry, are supportive for FX, but are offset by the challenging external backdrop and now limited monetary policy flexibility," Deutsche Bank wrote in a note.

"We therefore see the 'forced rate hike' scenario as more likely than an end to the tightening cycle."

The forint, which is the most vulnerable in the region to a rise in energy prices, slid alongside its peers on Wednesday as global recession fears, a strong dollar and reports of the gas leaks weighed on emerging currencies.

Europe was investigating the leaks, which Germany, Denmark and Sweden on Tuesday described as "attacks" on the Nord Stream pipelines.

Reports of the gas leaks "led to FX weakness across the region and this theme can be expected to drive the market for the rest of the week", ING wrote in a note.

The Polish zloty EURPLN= weakened 0.5% to 4.8075 per euro while the Czech crown EURCZK= edged down 0.02% to 24.685 versus the European common currency.

Long-term Hungarian government bond yields also rose as they were harried by global market worries and rising core market yields, a fixed-income trader in Budapest said.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year bond was about 9.73%, up 17 basis points from Tuesday's close.

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<PL5YT= 7.2870 0.1440 +510b +15bp RR

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Additional reporting by Pawel Florkiewicz in Warsaw, editing by Mark Heinrich

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