European Stock Futures Higher; German Retail Sales Slump

European stock markets

European Stock Futures Higher; German Retail Sales Slump

European stock markets are expected to open higher Wednesday, helped by upbeat comments from the ECB, but concerns remain about the strength of the global economic recovery.

At 2:05 AM ET (0605 GMT), the DAX Futures contract in Germany traded 0.3% higher, CAC 40 Futures in France climbed 0.6% and the FTSE 100 Futures contract in the U.K. rose 0.6%.

Helping the tone Wednesday were comments by ECB Vice President Luis de Guindos, stating in a Spanish newspaper that the Eurozone economy is growing quicker than the European Central Bank expected.

“The economy is performing better in 2021 than we expected, and this will be reflected in the projections that will be published in the coming days,” El Confidencial quoted de Guindos as saying on Wednesday.

However, this could also result in the sooner than expected withdrawal of the central bank’s stimulus, especially after Tuesday’s Eurozone Inflation  data showed consumer prices increased by 3% in August, far above expectations and the European Central Bank’s 2% target. The accounts of the last ECB policy-meeting also acknowledged the risk of excessive inflation for the first time in years.

Back in Europe, German Retail Sales slumped 5.1% on the month in July, way below expectations, setting the scene for the release of the latest Eurozone Unemployment figures figures for July and August manufacturing PMI data.

Crude prices rose Wednesday, supported by a larger-than-expected decline in weekly U.S. oil stocks and ahead of a meeting of the group of top producers to determine future production levels.

The FTSE MIB climbed up by  0.97% to 26,260.30. In the cash markets, the DAX  Germany was trading up 0.76%  to 15,955.65. CAC 40  in France  rose by 1.06 % to 6,750.22 while the FTSE 100  in the U.K. were up by 0.70% to 7,167.35. ,at the time of writing.

About Author

Related posts

Gem, jewellery exports rise 29% to Rs 23,259 cr in Sept following Covid disruption

Gems and jewellery exports rose by 29.67% to Rs 23,259.55 crore in September 2021 compared to Rs 17,936.86 crore in the year-ago month, according to the Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC). In September 2019, the shipments were worth Rs 23,491.20 crore. For the April-September period, the shipments...

Read More
Best Stock To Buy Now

Top 5 Stocks To Watchout and Trade Today – October 15, 2021

1.APPLE:-Apple Inc was on a collision course with South Korea on Friday over new requirements that it stop forcing app developers to use its payment systems, with a government official warning of a possible investigation into the iPhone maker’s compliance. The development comes after South Korea amended the Telecommunication...

Read More

Leave a Reply