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Thu, Aug. 14, 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
Thu, Jul. 3, 8:10 AM
- The Swedish krona is the world's worst performing currency today after the Riksbank unexpectedly slashes its benchmark rate by 50 basis points to 0.25%. A cut had been expected, but the size of the reduction has taken most by surprise.
- The move comes following the ECB's rate cut last month, and with the zero bound fast-approaching, some suggest the Riksbank will have to look to unconventional measures next.
- The OMX Stockholm 30 Index is up 1.1%
- ETF: EWD.
Thu, Jun. 5, 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 AM
Dec. 18, 2012, 8:29 AM
Sep. 6, 2012, 7:21 AMSweden's Riksbank unexpectedly cuts rates 25 basis points to 1.25%, citing weakness in the eurozone as lowering its expectations for exports and economic growth. The bank also notes a quick appreciation in the krona and nobody seems to want a strong currency these days. The rate decision wasn't unanimous - one member wanted a 50 bp cut. | Comment!
Mar. 28, 2012, 12:11 PM
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Jan. 24, 2012, 11:30 AMA look at the change in the Italian yield curve over the last 7 weeks shows just how dramatic the ECB bazooka has been, writes Mike Riddell. Just because the bank's liquidity gusher doesn't solve any structural issues, doesn't mean it can be ignored (buy stocks, dummy). Bonds yields in the EU core, however, have a lot of room to go higher if economic/financial conditions settle down. | 4 Comments
Jan. 19, 2012, 9:40 AMDefining overbought as being more than 5% above a 50-day moving average, Bespoke says 24% of tracked ETFs fit the bill. Leading the list is the homebuilders (XHB), more than 13% above its 50 day MA; Brazil (EWZ) leads the country ETFs, 8.2% above. A few more days of market gains and look for talk about the entire market being overbought. | Comment!
Dec. 20, 2011, 3:37 AM
Dec. 9, 2011, 1:39 AMOf the 27 EU nations, 23 have agreed to tighten their fiscal coordination, though leaders remain deeply divided on the details of their crisis strategy. The U.K. will stand aside, while Hungary, Sweden and the Czech Republic have reserved their positions. All 17 eurozone nations are participating. | 8 Comments
Nov. 29, 2011, 5:20 AM
Nov. 28, 2011, 11:36 AMKokusai Asset Management, Japan's largest mutual fund company, says it has unloaded all of its Italian, Spanish, and Belgian bond holdings, lowering the level of euro-denominated paper in its flagship fund to 15.9% from more than 30% two months ago. Hopefully not auguring the next trouble spots, the fund is redirecting assets to the debt of Canada, Australia, Sweden, and Norway. | 1 Comment
Sep. 26, 2011, 8:24 AMThe "unresolvably bad" outlook bringing with it "mouth-wateringly attractive" prices keeps hedge fund giant Crispin Odey wildly bullish on European shares. "The worries have been there for so long, the causes are so obvious... this crisis will bring resolution and with it higher prices." Top pick for U.S. players: Vanguard's MSCI Europe ETF VGK. | 5 Comments
Sep. 20, 2011, 3:23 PMThe Sweden ETF (EWD +2.4%) is enjoying a nice rally as the government - currently running a surplus - unveils a $4.75B stimulus package and says it expects interest rates to fall over the coming 15 months. The state recently slashed its growth forecast for 2012 from 3.8% to 1.3%, and now says even the revised figure may not get hit. | Comment!
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