iShares MSCI France ETF(EWQ)- NYSEARCA
  • Sun, Aug. 21, 8:01 AM
    • The leaders of Germany, France and Italy will meet on an island off the coast of Naples tomorrow to discuss how to keep the European project together in the second set of talks between the eurozone's three largest economies since Britain's vote to leave the EU.
    • According to a French diplomatic source, Merkel wants to cement "a better Europe" rather than forge ahead with "more Europe," Renzi wants Italy to have a strong voice in how the bloc's future is shaped post-Brexit and Hollande wants an EU-wide investment plan to be doubled.
    • ETFs: EWG, EWI, EWU, DAX, GF, EWQ, DXGE, DBGR, HEWG, EWGS, FGM, FKU, DXPS, QDEU, DBUK, QGBR, HEWI, HEWU, DBIT
    | Sun, Aug. 21, 8:01 AM | 36 Comments
  • Fri, Aug. 19, 10:58 AM
    • European stock markets have been in quiet retreat all week, and today's 1% decline in the Stoxx 50 (NYSEARCA:FEZ) puts that index lower by 2.7% for the week.
    • Leading to the downside today is Italy's (NYSEARCA:EWI2.3% loss, followed by Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP), down 1.4%.
    • The biggest news of note is a report suggesting the Brexit could come a lot sooner than previously thought. It's sent the pound nicely lower vs. the euro, and could be accounting for the softness in European shares (the FTSE is down just 0.2%).
    • Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG) is down 0.6%, and France (NYSEARCA:EWQ1%.
    • ETFs: VGK, HEDJ, FEZ, IEV, EPV, EZU, FEU, EURL, DBEU, EEA, FEP, HEZU, UPV, IEUR, FEEU, ADRU, FIEU, DBEZ, FEUZ, SBEU, HFEZ, HFXE, DEZU, PTEU, RFEU, HGEU, FIEE, GSEU
    | Fri, Aug. 19, 10:58 AM | 4 Comments
  • Mon, Aug. 8, 3:11 AM
    • Terrorist attacks are taking their toll on France’s tourism industry, with Paris bearing the brunt of a drop in visits by holidaymakers from outside Europe.
    • Overnight stays fell about 10% on average this year through July, and the country's tourist sector alone has lost an estimated €270M since late 2015.
    • In the last few weeks, the U.S. State Department has also issued additional travel warnings for voyagers to Europe and Turkey.
    • ETFs: EWQ
    | Mon, Aug. 8, 3:11 AM | 1 Comment
  • Tue, Aug. 2, 12:41 PM
    • Germany's Commerzbank (OTCPK:CRZBYtumbled nearly 9% after warning it won't hit its profit target this year, while Italy's banks fell broadly on continued investor worries about their health.
    • Meanwhile, European exchange operator Stoxx is invoking its "fast exit" rule to kick Deutsche Bank (DB -3.6%) and Credit Suisse (CS -4.6%) out of its Stoxx 50 (FEZ -1.1%) index on August 8. Typically index changes are made just once a year, but the performance of the two has been so horrid of late (both down about 50% in 2016) that Stoxx doesn't want to wait.
    • Bloodied longs can take comfort in the fact that these sorts of things tend to happen a lot closer to the bottom than the top.
    • Italy (NYSEARCA:EWI) closed with losses of 2.8%, as did Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP). Germany (NYSEARCA:EWGlost 1.8%, as did France (NYSEARCA:EWQ).
    • The Nasdaq's 1.1% decline is leading the U.S. lower, with the S&P 500 down 0.8%, and the Dow off 0.6%.
    | Tue, Aug. 2, 12:41 PM | 12 Comments
  • Fri, Jul. 22, 5:57 AM
    • Business activity in the eurozone did not fall as much as expected in July, despite Brexit jitters and the Bastille Day massacre, as Markit's flash PMI for the region dropped to 52.9 from June's 53.1.
    • Meanwhile, sterling is down 0.8% to $1.3133 after the British economy shrank at its steepest pace since early 2009, with the flash U.K. composite PMI falling to 47.7 from 52.4.
    • "At this level, the survey is signaling a 0.4% contraction of the [U.K.] economy in Q3," said Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit.
    • ETFs: EWU, FKU, DXPS, DBUK, QGBR, HEWU, EWG, DAX, GF, EWQ, DXGE, DBGR, CEE, HEWG, TRF, GUR, EWGS, ESR, FGM, QDEU
    | Fri, Jul. 22, 5:57 AM | 3 Comments
  • Fri, Jul. 15, 7:03 AM
    • There's at least a temporary pause in the global rally after terrorists strike again in France. Europe's Stoxx 50 (NYSEARCA:FEZ) is lower by 0.55%. France's CAC-40 (NYSEARCA:EWQ) is down 0.8%. U.S. stock index futures are down marginally.
    • Asia climbed overnight, led by the Nikkei's 0.7% advance.
    • The 10-year Treasury yield is flat at 1.54%, and gold/oil are little-changed.
    • Up later this morning are June's CPI and retail sales reports.
    • ETFs: QQQ, DIA, TQQQ, PSQ, SQQQ, QID, DOG, QLD, DXD, UDOW, SDOW, DDM, QQEW, QQQE, QQXT, UDPIX, OTPIX
    | Fri, Jul. 15, 7:03 AM | 7 Comments
  • Fri, Jul. 15, 2:27 AM
    • Eight months after a murderous rampage in Paris, a deadly attack in the French coastal city of Nice has killed at least 84 people and wounded scores.
    • The "terrorist" gunman, described as a French national of Tunisian descent, drove a heavy truck at high speed into a crowd that had been watching Bastille Day fireworks along the Riviera.
    • Equities are trading lower, weighed down by travel and tourism stocks, in yet another terror driven selloff.
    • CAC 40 -0.6% to 4,358.
    • Related tickers: EXPE -2.4%, PCLN -1%, TRIP -1%, NCLH -3%, RCL -2.5%, CCL -0.2%, AAL -1.4%, UAL -1.2%, DAL -1.5%.
    | Fri, Jul. 15, 2:27 AM | 53 Comments
  • Tue, Jul. 5, 3:13 PM
    • Yields are hitting record lows in the U.S.and U.K, but at least they're still positive through the curve. Not so much in France, where yields are now negative all the way out to nine years.
    • EWQ -3.3%
    | Tue, Jul. 5, 3:13 PM | 2 Comments
  • Thu, Jun. 30, 12:22 PM
    • A flattish session is turning into another nice move higher after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney more or less promised a rate cut this summer, and hinted at more QE, if necessary.
    • Up only modestly ahead of his speech, the Stoxx 50 (NYSEARCA:FEZ) closed higher by 1.1%, led by the FTSE's 2.3% advance. Germany (NYSEARCA:EWGgained 0.7%, France (NYSEARCA:EWQ1%, Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP0.7%, and Italy (NYSEARCA:EWI1.6%.
    • The S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) and DJIA (NYSEARCA:DIA) are now each higher by 1%, and Nasdaq (NASDAQ:QQQ) by 0.85%.
    • ETFs: VGK, HEDJ, FEZ, IEV, EPV, EZU, FEU, EURL, DBEU, EEA, FEP, HEZU, UPV, IEUR, FEEU, ADRU, FIEU, DBEZ, FEUZ
    | Thu, Jun. 30, 12:22 PM | 6 Comments
  • Tue, Jun. 28, 12:51 PM
    • It's not exactly a rip-roaring bounce, but it's a bounce nonetheless, with the Stoxx 50 (NYSEARCA:FEZ) closing up 2.1%, led by 2.6% gains in the U.K. (NYSEARCA:EWU) and France (NYSEARCA:EWQ). Germany (NYSEARCA:EWGrose 1.9%.
    • Alongside is a pretty lame rebound in the pound (NYSEARCA:FXB), up 0.8% vs. the dollar to $1.3330.
    • Meanwhile interest rates aren't really buying it. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield is up just 3 basis points to 1.46%, and the German 10-year Bund yield higher  by just 1 basis point. TLT +0.2%, TBT -0.4%
    • The Nasdaq's 1.6% gain is leading U.S. stocks. The S&P 500 is up 1.1% and the Dow 0.9%.
    | Tue, Jun. 28, 12:51 PM | 8 Comments
  • Mon, Jun. 27, 12:19 PM
    • An attempt at an early rally failed badly and Europe ended closing pretty near session lows, with the Stoxx 50 down 2.9%. Germany (NYSEARCA:EWGfell 3%, as did France (NYSEARCA:EWQ). Italy dropped 3.8% and Spain 1.5%. The U.K. (NYSEARCA:EWUdeclined another 2.6%.
    • Banks were hit hardest, with the iShares MSCO Europe Financials ETF (NASDAQ:EUFNdown 6.5%. The European banking index is down to its weakest in nearly five years.
    • The pound is down 3.6% to $1.3171, its lowest level vs. the dollar in more than 30 years.
    | Mon, Jun. 27, 12:19 PM | 2 Comments
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  • Tue, Jun. 14, 5:27 AM
    • France is bracing itself for the largest strike to hit the country over government labor legislation despite hosting the Euro 2016 championship, said Michel Wieviorka, president of the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme.
    • Separately, a suspected Islamist attacker stabbed a French police commander to death outside his Paris suburb home overnight and later killed his partner in another attack claimed by Islamic State.
    • ETFs: EWQ
    | Tue, Jun. 14, 5:27 AM
  • Mon, Jun. 13, 3:43 AM
    • Hobbled by a strike involving more than a quarter of its pilots, Air France (OTC:AFRAF) said about 85% of its flights would operate on Monday.
    • The conflict may cost the airline tens of millions of euros, CEO Alexandre de Juniac said last week.
    • Cancellations could also disrupt transport plans for football fans on the fourth day of Europe's soccer championship, and will add to other work stoppages across France protesting the government's labor reform.
    • ETFs: EWQ
    | Mon, Jun. 13, 3:43 AM
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