European Equities: Private Sector PMIs , Powell, and COVID-19 in FocusAfter a mixed Tuesday, September’s private sector PMIs, COVID-19 updates, and FED Chair Powell will influence on the day.
Wednesday, 23rd September
GfK German Consumer Climate (Oct)
Spanish GDP (QoQ) (Q2)
French Manufacturing PMI (Sep) Prelim
French Services PMI (Sep) Prelim
German Manufacturing PMI (Sep) Prelim
German Services PMI (Sep) Prelim
Eurozone Manufacturing PMI (Sep) Prelim
Eurozone Markit Composite PMI (Sep) Prelim
Eurozone Services PMI (Sep) Prelim
Thursday, 24th September
German IFO Business Climate Index (Sep)
It was a mixed day for the European majors following Monday’s sell-off. The DAX30 and EuroStoxx600 rose by 0.41% and by 0.20% respectively, while the CAC40 fell by 0.40%.
There was little influence from a light economic calendar on the day. While bank stocks continued to struggle amidst the latest scandal, dip-buyers delivered support on the day.
A softer EUR added support to the DAX30 in particular as the Dollar bounce back continued.
It was a quiet day on the Eurozone economic calendar. The Eurozone’s flash consumer confidence figure was in focus late in the European session.
According to the latest survey, the Eurozone’s Consumer Confidence Indicator rose from -14.7 to -13.9 in September. Economists had forecast a rise to -14.6.
While up on the month, the indicator continued to sit well below the long-run average -11.1.
From the U.S
It was a busier day. While existing home sales figures for August were in focus, FED Chair Powell’s testimony on Capitol Hill was the main event of the day.
FED Chair Powell provided few surprises in his first speech of the week, however. Powell cited the path forward would depend on keeping COVID-19 under control and government policy moves.
The Market Movers
For the DAX: It was a relatively bullish day for the auto sector on Tuesday. Continental and Daimler rose by 1.48% and by 0.86% respectively to lead the way. BMW and Volkswagen weren’t far behind, with gains of 0.41% and 0.75% respectively.
It was another day in the red for the banks, however. Deutsche Bank fell by 1.78% following Monday’s 7.64% tumble, with Commerzbank ending the day down by 0.07%.
From the CAC, it was also a bearish day for the banks. BNP Paribas and Credit Agricole ended the day down by 0.52% and by 0.57% respectively. Soc Gen saw a more modest 0.10% loss following Monday’s 7.66% slide.
For the banking sector, the latest scandal continued to pressure European bank stocks on the day.
It was a bullish day for the French auto sector, which bucked the trend on the day. Peugeot and Renault ended the day with gains of 3.63% and 2.66% respectively.
Air France-KLM slid by 4.35% following Monday’s 7.63% slump, with Airbus SE following Monday’s 6.57% slide with a 2.68% loss.
The spike in new COVID-19 cases and fears of a reintroduction of containment measures continued to weigh on travel stocks.
On the VIX Index
On Tuesday, the VIX fell by 3.31%. Partially reversing a 7.55% gain from Monday, the VIX ended the day at 26.86.
Support came from dip-buying, with little else to provide the majors with direction following Monday’s pullback.
FED Chair Powell’s delivery also provided nothing new for investors to fret about on the day.
The NASDAQ and S&P500 rose by 1.71% and by 1.05% respectively, with the Dow seeing a more modest 0.52% gain.
The Day Ahead
It’s a busy day ahead on the Eurozone economic calendar. Key stats German consumer confidence figures that are due out ahead of the European open.
Later in the morning, September’s prelim private sector PMIs are due out of France, Germany, and the Eurozone.
Following some disappointing numbers from August, there will be plenty of interest in today’s stats.
Any general downward trend in the PMIs and expect the majors to come under pressure. With new COVID-19 cases on the rise and the threat of lockdown measures lingering, COVID-19 chatter will also influence.
On the geopolitical risk front, there’s also Brexit and tensions between the U.S and China to monitor.
From the U.S, prelim private sector PMIs and Powell’s 2nd day of testimony on Capitol Hill will also influence late in the day.
In the futures markets, at the time of writing, the Dow was up by 36 points.
For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.