Fri, Mar. 20, 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
Fri, Jan. 30, 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). | 2 Comments
Aug. 20, 2012, 9:04 PMMore 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)." | 10 Comments
Aug. 20, 2012, 8:39 AMGoldman makes a big call on an EU comeback, recommending going long a basket of European firms with high domestic sales exposure against a short of companies with high U.S. exposure. Jeff Gundlach's May recommendation of long Spain vs. short U.S. is working, EWP outperforming SPY by 400 bps since. | 3 Comments
Aug. 20, 2012, 6:41 AMThe Bundesbank warns (in its monthly report) moves to share "solvency risks" in the eurozone should be decided by governments, not the ECB. The comments follow speculation the ECB is considering intervention to cap spreads between peripheral and German bond yields by buying unlimited amounts of government debt. It's a plan Germany's finance ministry denies any knowledge of but says would be "very problematic." | Comment!
Aug. 19, 2012, 6:52 PMThe ECB is considering capping peripheral bond yields by stepping in to buy the debt when its spread to German paper rises above a certain threshold, reports Der Spiegel. Draghi has complained that monetary policy transmission is broken, i.e., the ECB eases yet financial conditions tighten further in the periphery - this gives him his opening to buy government debt. A decision could come at the bank's September policy meeting. | 17 Comments
Aug. 13, 2012, 11:50 AMHedge funds capitulate, with data suggesting they are covering shorts on European stocks at the fastest rate since the epic bottom of early 2009. Likely priced in on the bear side are faltering economies and shrinking corporate profits. Maybe priced in on the bull side are further supportive official actions. | 3 Comments
May 18, 2012, 8:26 AMThe ECB is playing a game of chicken - sitting on its hands to play tough with the Club Med states - but (along with the other major central banks) will "step in massively," says HSBC's David Bloom, and set off a powerful rally. Bob Janjuah agrees - "The Fed and the ECB will respond (soon) and trigger a short, sharp rally." | 5 Comments
May 4, 2012, 11:03 AMPerhaps what's really roiling markets today are weekend elections in France and Greece. Greece looks particularly ugly, with true economic collapse in Athens potentially paving the way for the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party to take 5-6% of the vote (2009 election: 0.23%). The communists are polling at about the same. "Be very worried," says Credit Suisse. | 13 Comments
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