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European Markets On Track To Continue Growth Pending Anticipated Rate Cuts

Summary

Europe’s biggest markets are on course to continue their recent growth as central banks worldwide prepare to reduce interest rates.

This comes after Germany adjusted its 2019 and 2020 economic growth forecasts downwards. Investors are now anticipating a 10 basis point rate cut from the ECB before the end of this year, with the US Federal Reserve expected to follow suite following a sharp slowdown in job growth during May. Factors likely to hold back European markets include investor cautiousness over the uncertainty surrounding the identity of the next British Prime Minister and the increasing probability of a “no deal” Brexit. Turning our focus to individual markets in the region, the situation on the French stock market will to a large extent be determined by corporate news. In recent weeks, investors’ attention has been firmly fixed on Renault as they await any new developments from the automaker. French Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire has announced that the country is prepared to reduce its stake in Renault in a bid to shore up its alliance with Japanese car manufacturer Nissan. Renault is already party to an alliance agreement with Japanese firms Nissan and Mitsubishi, but the partnership has been under fire since the arrest last November of alliance chief Carlos Ghosn.

Andrey Voytkiv, Financial scout at Libertex.