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Confidence In A Robust Eurozone Recovery Grows Despite Rising COVID Infections And Deaths

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  • Investors in European stocks are looking beyond the present COVID outbreaks, vaccination shortfalls, and some recently imposed shutdowns to the expected strong recovery in the coming months.
  • The European Commission's Economic and Sentiment Indicator (ESI), produced by the Business and Consumer Survey, advanced sharply above its long-term average in March.
  • The Sentix Investor Confidence Index rose sharply in April for both the Eurozone and for Germany.

By Bill Witherell

The European Commission's Economic and Sentiment Indicator (ESI), produced by the Business and Consumer Survey, advanced sharply above its long-term average in March. The advance was broad-based, including the important and hard-hit service sector. Consumer confidence also advanced, suggesting that as soon as reduced restrictions permit, consumers are eager to spend. The results for Germany were the strongest among the largest economies, reflecting that country's very strong industrial sector.

The first indicator for April repeated the optimism about the Eurozone's economic recovery. The Sentix Investor Confidence Index rose sharply in April for both the Eurozone and for Germany. The assessment of the current situation shows investor confidence at its highest level since the beginning of the pandemic. The expectations component has reached an all-time high. While infection numbers continue to rise, vaccination progress has been sluggish, and restrictions have tightened in France, Italy and Germany, investors are anticipating the recovery to gather momentum over the course of Q2 as vaccinations increase and restrictions are eased.

The March IHS Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for the Eurozone manufacturing sector indicated that Eurozone manufacturing is already booming. That indicator showed the greatest improvement in the operating conditions for the manufacturing sector in the nearly 24 years that the data has been collected. Both output and new orders registered record increases. The sector benefitted from both rising domestic demand and export growth. Germany, Netherlands, and Austria led the Eurozone; and France, Italy, and Spain also had very strong performances. There has been a marked improvement in business confidence. The major remaining area of concern is record supply chain disruptions, which are driving costs and, as a result, manufacturers' prices higher.

The March IHS Markit Eurozone Services Sector PMI, released on April 7th, rose to 49.6, which was sufficient to bring the Eurozone Composite

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David Kotok co-founded Cumberland Advisors in 1973 and has been its Chief Investment Officer since inception. David’s articles and financial market commentaries have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, and other publications. He is a frequent contributor to Bloomberg TV and Bloomberg Radio, Yahoo Finance TV, and other media. He has authored or co-authored four books, including the second edition of From Bear to Bull with ETFs and Adventures in Muniland. He holds a B.S. in economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in organizational dynamics from The School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.David has served as Program Chairman and currently serves as a Director of the Global Interdependence Center (GIC), www.interdependence.org, whose mission is to encourage the expansion of global dialogue and free trade in order to improve cooperation and understanding among nation states, with the goal of reducing international conflicts and improving worldwide living standards. David chaired its Central Banking Series and organized a five-continent dialogue held in Cape Town, Hong Kong, Hanoi, Milan, Paris, Philadelphia, Prague, Rome, Santiago, Shanghai, Singapore, Tallinn, and Zambia (Livingstone). He has received the Global Citizen Award from GIC for his efforts. David is a member of the National Business Economics Issues Council (NBEIC), the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), has served on the Research Advisory Board of BCA Research and is currently on the advisory board of RiskBridge Advisors. He has also served as a Commissioner of the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) and on the Treasury Transition Teams for New Jersey Governors Kean and Whitman. Additionally, he has served as a board member of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and as Chairman of the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.

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Comments (3)

James Hanshaw profile picture
Good article but many parts of the eurozone remain in a mess. Unemployment in parts of Spain, as but one example, is over 40%.

The EU’s “urgent” coronavirus recovery fund of E750 billion approved last July has not seen a cent deployed yet
Tiki Bar Capital profile picture
I truly want to believe in a strong European recovery. But it's Europe.
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