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European Equities: Stats, Elections and Trade in Focus

Bob Mason
The futures are pointing to an edgy start with a mass of stats, EU elections and trade war chatter to drive the majors on the day.

Economic Calendar:

Thursday, 23rd May

  • German GDP q/q (Q1) Final
  • German GDP y/y (Q1) Final
  • French Manufacturing PMI (May) Prelim
  • French Services PMI (May) Prelim
  • German Manufacturing PMI (May) Prelim
  • German Services PMI (May) Prelim
  • Eurozone Manufacturing PMI (May) Prelim
  • Eurozone Markit Composite PMI (May) Prelim
  • Eurozone Services PMI (May) Prelim
  • German Ifo Business Climate, Expectations and Current Conditions Indexes
  • ECB Monetary Policy Meeting Minutes

The Majors

It was a mixed day for the European majors on Wednesday. The DAX eked out a 0.21% gain, while the CAC40 fell by 0.12%. A late pullback left the EuroStoxx600 down by 0.08% by the close.

For the current week, the majors are in the red, with the CAC40 down by 1.09% and the DAX30 down by 0.57%. The EuroStoxx600 was down by 0.74%.

Trade war chatter has ultimately left the majors in the red, with news of the U.S looking to blacklist more Chinese companies questioning market optimism over a near-term resolution to the extended trade war.

The Stats

There were no material stats released through the European session to provide the majors with direction on the day.

The Market Movers

For the DAX a late in the day rally reversed losses from mid-way through the session to end the day in positive territory.

Leading the way on the DAX was Wirecard, which surged by 4.82%. A distant second and finding strong support was Adidas, which gained 1.84%.

Weighing on the DAX were bank and auto stocks. Leading the way down was Daimler, which slid by 3.28%. BMW (-1.46%), Volkswagen (-0.95%) and Continental (-1.08%) also hit red on the day.

From the banking sector, Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank fell by 1.97% and 3.12% respectively, with BNP Paribas (-1.08%) and UniCredit S.p.A (-1.01%) also seeing red on the day.

Both financial and auto stocks remain particularly sensitive to trade war chatter. While both sides have shown a willingness to resume talks, the extended olive branches have yet to result in a formalized meeting. With the G20 now around the corner, it may be left for China’s Premier Xi and U.S President Trump to hash it out.

The Day Ahead

It’s a particularly busy day ahead on the economic calendar. While 2nd estimate German GDP numbers are due out in the early part of the day, barring any revisions, the focus will be on Germany’s business sentiment and manufacturing PMI numbers.

Market sensitivity towards the Eurozone economy will also place a greater emphasis on the Eurozone’s composite.

While forecasts are EUR positive, Germany’s manufacturing sector is expected to continue to contract. The devil will be in the details and we can expect the markets to hone in on new orders and new export orders in particular.

Alongside the stats, the ECB monetary policy meeting minutes are also due out, which will also have an impact on the majors.

On the geopolitical front, the EU parliamentary elections and trade war chatter will also need to be considered on the day.

At the time of writing, the DAX30 was down by 67 points. The U.S futures were also in the red, with the Dow Mini down by 83 points.

This article was originally posted on FX Empire

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