Tue, Apr. 7, 4:19 AM
- The eurozone services PMI rose to 54.2 (flash 54.3) in March from 53.7 in February.
- Composite PMI increased to an 11-month high of 54 (flash 54.1) from 53.3. (PR)
- German services PMI grew to 55.4 from 54.7; composite PMI 55.4 vs 53.8. (PR)
- French services PMI slowed to 52.4 from 53.4 and composite PMI to 51.5 from 52.2. (PR)
- "Ireland and Spain continued to lead the charge, backed up by a fast-improving German economy," says Markit, but "rates of expansion in Italy and France were modest in comparison."
- While "the PMIs are indicating somewhat sluggish GDP growth of 0.3% for the first quarter," says Markit, "the pace of expansion looks set to gather pace in coming months."
- However, "an ongoing recovery is no one-way bet," Markit warns, "with the Greek crisis remaining a critical threat to stability in the region."
- The euro takes a dive and is -0.1% at $1.0906.
- ETFs: VGK, EWG, FEZ, GREK, EWP, EWI, IEV, HEDJ, EU, EPV, EUFN, EZU, EWQ, EIRL, FEU, EWN, GUR, FEP, EWGS, ESR, UPV, EURL, DBGR, DAX, ADRU, FEEU, DXGE, FGM, DBEU, QDEU, IEUR, FIEU, HEWG, QESP, HEZU, ESTX, DBEZ, SBEU, FEUZ
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. 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
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.
Jan. 17, 2014, 4:02 AM
- Fitch has kept its ratings for Holland at AAA, citing the country's "strong underlying economic, institutional and credit fundamentals.”
- The Netherlands' "consistent current account surpluses and positive net international investment position, as well as its strong financing flexibility," were also factors in Fitch's decision.
- However, the Netherlands' weak growth prospects led the ratings agency to maintain the Dutch outlook at negative.
- Fitch's note comes after S&P stripped Holland of its AAA rating in December. (PR)
- ETF: EWN
Nov. 29, 2013, 2:07 AM
- S&P has stripped Holland of its AAA rating and cut the country's grade to AA+.
- The ratings agency explained that the Netherlands' growth outlook is not as strong as previously thought.
- "We do not anticipate that real economic output will surpass 2008 levels before 2017, and believe that the strong contribution of net exports to growth has not been enough to offset a weak domestic economy," S&P said.
- However, Holland's outlook is stable. The "risks stemming from low growth and the related fiscal outturn are balanced against strong export performance, a net creditor position, and high GDP per capita," S&P said.
- The agency's decision leaves Germany, Luxembourg and Finland as the only nations in the eurozone with a AAA rating.
- The euro is flat at $1.3608.
- ETF: EWN
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
Jul. 23, 2012, 5:03 PMMoody's has lowered its outlook on Germany, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg to Negative, while affirming Finland's Stable outlook and AAA credit rating. The ratings agency cites the usual fears related to the eurozone's debt crisis, along with the "increasing likelihood that greater collective support" will be needed for Spain and Italy. Moody's downgraded Italy's rating by two notches earlier this month, and subsequently downgraded 10 Italian banks. | Jul. 23, 2012, 5:03 PM | 7 Comments
May 16, 2012, 10:53 AMHolland's caretaker government agrees on the final details of the country's austerity package for 2013, which is designed to save €12B ($15.28B). Parliament will vote by the end of May. The previous government had collapsed because of disagreement over the measures. | May 16, 2012, 10:53 AM | Comment!
Apr. 27, 2012, 5:37 AMHolland's caretaker government yesterday reached a deal with the opposition parties on the 2013 budget, which will reduce the deficit to the EU ceiling of 3% via social service cuts, pay freezes and higher taxes, including "sin taxes" on alcohol and tobacco. The deal should increase Holland's chance of keeping its AAA rating. | Apr. 27, 2012, 5:37 AM | Comment!
Apr. 25, 2012, 10:21 AMThe favorite to become France's next president, Francois Hollande says the EU fiscal compact will not be ratified by his country. Markets in Europe are up sharply, with Paris +2.3%. Take your pick: oversold bounce, Apple, Sarkozy to pull an upset, or just maybe the hope for a trashing of austerity policies that are choking much of the EU. | Apr. 25, 2012, 10:21 AM | Comment!
Apr. 23, 2012, 10:35 AM
Apr. 22, 2012, 4:22 AMThe Netherlands may be at increased risk of losing its AAA rating after budget-cut talks collapsed yesterday between the liberal party of PM Mark Rutte and its coalition partner, the Freedom Party. The breakdown of the talks, whose aim was to bring the deficit to below 3% of GDP, could lead to early elections and places in doubt whether the country will OK the fiscal compact. | Apr. 22, 2012, 4:22 AM | 5 Comments
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