Europe ETFs Recover On Easing Pessimism

by: Tom Lydon

Diversified exchange traded funds tracking European stocks have rallied back to their 50-day moving average on hopes leaders are on the right track to snuffing out the debt crisis.

Vanguard European ETF (NYSEARCA:VGK) has bounced about 8% the past week. Germany and France said they are both on board to recapitalize troubled banks. Over the weekend, the two countries said they will submit a plan to stem the debt crisis before a European Union summit.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicholas Sarkozy are not disclosing any details about the package, and further wrinkles must be ironed out before they consult with the other 25 leaders in the EU, according to reports.

“We are determined to do whatever necessary to secure the recapitalization of our banks,” Angela Merkel said, reports The Washington Post. “A sound credit supply is the basis of sound economic development.” [Greece Again Weighs on European ETFs]

Together, Germany and France are the largest economies in the Eurozone and account for about half of the total export market. The banks in Germany and France will be contributing a healthy dose of capital to any bailout package.

European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said the crisis has reached a “systemic dimension,” Bloomberg reported Tuesday.

Slovakia pushed back a vote on expanding the European bailout fund, reported Tuesday. Slovakia is the only member of the 17-nation Eurozone that hasn’t approved the move.

Other ETFs tracking Europe include iShares S&P Europe 350 (NYSEARCA:IEV) and iShares MSCI EMU (BATS:EZU), which holds only Eurozone countries.

Vanguard European ETF

Tisha Guerrero contributed to this article.

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