Fri, Apr. 1, 3:55 AM
- Net bookings for Brussels plummeted more than 130% following last week's deadly attacks which killed more than 30 people and left hundreds injured.
- Tom Jenkins, CEO at European Tour Operators Association, says the drop isn't surprising considering the Brussels airport was closed following the attacks.
- "What's interesting is that we're also seeing a decline in booking for Paris and for London, and the decline is concentrated in those zones."
- ETFs: EWK
Wed, Mar. 23, 3:34 AM
- A major manhunt is underway in Belgium as authorities search for one of three suspects caught on airport surveillance video, as ISIS claimed responsibility for yesterday's attacks that killed at least 31 people.
- In Brussels, a police raid in the northern neighborhood of Schaerbook lead to the discovery of a nailbomb and an Islamic State flag.
- Cities around the world have also stepped up their airport security, as foreign leaders criticize the failure in Belgian screening and intelligence, and question the future of Europe's open borders policy.
- ETFs: EWK
Tue, Mar. 22, 4:01 AM
- Two explosions rocked the main departure hall of the Brussels Airport this morning, leaving at least 11 dead and 25 injured, according to local media.
- Trains and incoming flights to the airport have been suspended.
- The blasts come four days after the capture of Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in last year's Paris attack.
- Update: Explosions have also been heard at Brussels' Schuman and Maalbeek metro stations.
- BEL 20 -1.1% to 3,381.
- ETFs: EWK
Mon, Jan. 11, 7:52 AM
- Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD) will have to pay back a significant amount of money to Belgium due to a new ruling from the European Union on tax breaks.
- 35 multinationals will have to pay an amount estimated at €700M ($735M) due to their tax-deducting arrangements in Belgium which go against state aid regulations.
- European Commission statement on the Belgian "excess profit" tax scheme.
- Related ETF: EWK
Nov. 23, 2015, 2:31 AM
- Belgian authorities have extended a lockdown of Brussels for a third straight day after late night raids searching for those behind last week's Paris attacks failed to find a prime suspect.
- Salah Abdeslam, the 26-year-old who has been on the run since he left Paris hours after his elder brother blew himself up at a cafe there, continues to elude a Europe-wide manhunt.
- The lockdown will see Brussels' metro and many shops closed, as well as schools and offices.
- ETFs: EWK
Sep. 17, 2015, 4:49 AM
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- ETFs: FXE, RSX, VGK, EUO, EWG, GREK, FEZ, HEDJ, RUSL, EWP, RUSS, EWI, ERO, DFE, IEV, ERUS, RSXJ, EWU, EU, EWL, EPV, EZU, SWZ, NORW, GF, EWD, EWQ, RBL, EPOL, DRR, PLND, DAX, EIRL, EWO, CEE, TRF, IRL, FEU, DXGE, HEWG, DBGR, GXF, EWN, GUR, EWK, EEA, EUFX, EURL, EWGS, FDD, ULE, PGAL, ESR, FEP, UPV, EDEN, DBEU
Mar. 20, 2015, 8:30 AM
- Now up 17% YTD, the Stoxx Europe 600 this week had its highest close since 2000, and is just 1% shy of its all-time high hit in March 2000.
- The big move has early-year bulls like Goldman Sachs and Citigroup scrambling to lift their year-end targets.
- "There’s something much more sustainable here,” says a strategist in London. “Sentiment was bearish in the eurozone for a long, long time. It’s just starting to change.” Indeed. Recent BAML fund manager surveys show bullishness on European stocks has reached uncharted territory.
- Previously: BAML survey: Fund managers move out of U.S. stocks (March 17)
- ETFs: VGK, EWG, FEZ, EWP, EWI, IEV, HEDJ, EPV, EZU, EWD, NORW, EWQ, EIRL, EWO, GXF, FEU, EWN, EWK, EDEN, FEP, EWGS, UPV, PGAL, EURL, DBGR, DAX, ENOR, ADRU, FEEU, DXGE, EFNL, FGM, DBEU, QDEU, IEUR, FIEU, HEWG, QESP, HEZU, ESTX, SBEU, FEUZ, DBEZ
Jan. 30, 2015, 5:41 AM
- Heightening the risk of a slide toward deflation, Eurostat today reported the largest decline in consumer prices in the eurozone since July 2009.
- Consumer prices were 0.6% lower than in January 2014, having fallen 0.2% on an annual basis in December.
- The plunge in consumer prices is unlikely to have an immediate effect on the ECB's €60B/month QE package, although the longer prices stay in negative territory, the more pressure the central bank will have to extend the program.
- FTSE 100 -0.6%; DAX -0.5%; CAC 40 -0.7%; Euro Stoxx 50 -0.5%.
- ETFs: EWG, GREK, EWI, EWL, EWD, EWQ, EPOL, PLND, EWO, EWN, EWK, EDEN, PGAL, DBGR, DAX, DXGE, EFNL, FGM, FSZ, QDEU, HEWG
Dec. 31, 2014, 11:34 AM
- Nearly all the ETFs involved are single-country funds, with 22 seeing reduced fees, and 19 increases. First up is the list of funds seeing cuts and the number of basis points:
- EWA 3 basis points, EWO 3 bps, EWC 3 bps, EWQ 3 bps, EWG 3 bps, EWH 3 bps, EWM 3 bps, EWS 3 bps, EWP 3 bps, EWD 3 bps, EWL 3 bps, ENZL 3 bps, EWU 3 bps, EWK 2 bps, EZU 2 bps, EWI 2 bps, EWJ 2 bps, SCJ 2 bps, EWW 2 bps, EWN 2 bps, EIRL 2 bps.
- Next are the funds with increases; all are by one basis point: EWZ, BKF, ECH, EEM, EIS, EZA, EWY, EWT, THD, TUR, ERUS, EPU, EWZS, MCHI, ECNS, INDA, EIDO, EPHE, EPOL.
- Previously: Vanguard lowers fees on 12 ETFs
Nov. 27, 2014, 6:44 AM
- Draft documents seen by Reuters show that the 2015 budgets of several European countries, including France, Italy and Belgium are at risk of breaking EU rules.
- The Commission specifically picked out the three for a second compliance review to take place in March. This gives the countries more time to adjust policy before the EU executive decides whether to fine France for missing consolidation targets or put Italy and Belgium under a disciplinary procedure because of their debt.
- On Friday, the Commission will publish the assessments of all of the draft budgets of the 18 euro zone countries, except Greece and Cyprus which remain under bailout programs.
- ETFs: EWI, EWQ, EWK, ITLY, ITLT
Nov. 21, 2014, 7:27 AM
- "We will do what we must to raise inflation and inflation expectations as fast as possible," Mario Draghi told a banking conference, promising faster asset purchases as needed.
- The Stoxx 50 (NYSEARCA:FEZ) is higher by 2.2%, led by a 2.4% gain in Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP) and a 2.3% advance in Italy (NYSEARCA:EWI). Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG) and France (NYSEARCA:EWQ) are up 2%, and the U.K. by 1%.
- The euro (NYSEARCA:FXE) is down 0.9% and buying $1.2432.
- ETFs: VGK, FEZ, EWP, DFE, IEV, HEDJ, EWL, EPV, EZU, EWD, NORW, EIRL, EWO, FEU, EWN, EWK, EDEN, FEP, EWGS, UPV, EURL, ENOR, ADRU, FEEU, EFNL, GERJ, DBEU, EURZ, FSZ, IEUR, FIEU, QESP, SMEZ, ESTX, HEZU, FEUZ
Aug. 14, 2014, 6:46 AM
- Euro-Zone GDP failed to grow in the second quarter following 12 months of weak growth, causing European equity markets to fall and increasing pressure on the ECB to do more to boost growth and inflation.
- Data released this morning by the European Union's statistics office translates into 0.2% growth in annualized terms, down from the first quarter's 0.8% pace.
- The euro zone's three largest economies, which account for two-thirds of the region's €9.6T ($12.8T) GDP, all did not post any growth. German GDP shrank 0.2% from the first quarter and Italy's output fell at a similar pace. The French economy, the bloc's second largest behind Germany, stagnated for a second straight quarter.
- The region's next largest economies, Spain and the Netherlands, posted some growth but not enough to offset their larger peers.
- ETFs: FXE, RSX, VGK, EUO, EWG, FEZ, GREK, EWP, EWI, DFE, RUSL, ERO, RSXJ, IEV, ERUS, RUSS, EWL, HEDJ, EU, EWU, EPV, EUFN, EZU, EWD, NORW, EWQ, EPOL, EIRL, PLND, RBL, EWO, DRR, GXF, FEU, EWN, GUR, EWK, EDEN, FDD, EWGS, FEP, ESR, UPV, EUFX, PGAL, ULE, IFEU, DBGR, ENOR, ADRU, EWUS, EUDG, DXGE, FEEU, GERJ, URR, FGM, EFNL, EURL, FKU, FSZ, DXPS, RUDR, EURZ, DBEU, QDEU, IEUR, FIEU, EUMV, HEWG, SMEZ, QESP, DBUK, QGBR
Jul. 7, 2014, 1:32 PM
Jun. 5, 2014, 7:55 AM
- The Stoxx 50 (FEZ) is up 0.8% after being about flat ahead of the ECB rate decision, at which the central bank cut all three of its benchmark rates, including taking the deposit facility rate into negative territory.
- Italy (EWI) with a 1.3% gain and France (EWQ) ahead 1% lead the way.
- The euro (FXE) tumbles about 40 pips, now off 0.3% on the session and buying $1.3563.
- Europe equity ETFs: RSX, VGK, EWG, FEZ, GREK, EWP, EWI, DFE, RUSL, IEV, RSXJ, EWL, ERUS, EWU, RUSS, EPV, EZU, EWD, HEDJ, NORW, EWQ, EPOL, EIRL, PLND, EWO, RBL, GXF, EWN, FEU, EWK, FDD, EWGS, FEP, EDEN, UPV, EWUS, DBGR, PGAL, ADRU, ENOR, GERJ, DXGE, FEEU, FGM, EURL, FKU, EFNL, EUDG, DXPS, FSZ, EURZ, FIEU, RUDR, DBEU, HEWG, DBUK
- Euro ETFs: FXE, EUO, ERO, DRR, EUFX, ULE, URR
- ECB chief Mario Draghi's press conference begins at 8:30 ET.
Dec. 31, 2012, 11:56 AMMore details on iShares' ETF fee hikes: Going to 0.53% from 0.52% (a 1.9% hike) are its Ireland Capped Investable Market Fund (EIRL), Australia Fund (EWA), Canada Fund (EWC), Hong Kong Fund (EWH), Belgium Capped Fund (EWK), Switzerland Fund (EWL), Malaysia Fund (EWM), Netherlands Investable Market Fund (EWN), Spain Fund (EWP), France Fund (EWQ), Singapore Fund (EWS), United Kingdom Fund (EWU), Mexico Investable Market Fund (EWW) and EMU Fund (EZU). | Dec. 31, 2012, 11:56 AM | 2 Comments
Aug. 20, 2012, 9:04 PM
More on the ECB: Mario Draghi appears to have won over at least one Bundesbank member as Jorg Asmussen tells a German newspaper high peripheral bond yields reflect exchange rate risk, thus "our monetary policy (is) achieved only incompletely." It's crucial wording, suggesting he's okay with ECB bond purchases as long as they're couched in saving EMU, not financing Spanish and Italian governments. "We are working on (a) new program and will deal with it (at the next policy meeting)."| Aug. 20, 2012, 9:04 PM | 11 Comments