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The Spanish recession is certainly not being remedied by austerity today, as consumer spending declined 1.0% in the second quarter. A Deputy Economic Minister called the current state of Spain’s economic cycle, the “moment of steepest fall”, and said it would continue into the second half of the year. Spain’s big hope is that the European Central Bank (ECB) might buy its bonds to help lower its borrowing costs. In a new bond offering today, Spain managed to raise more funds than expected. Unfortunately, there’s little confidence being expressed by Spaniards, with private sector deposits at Spanish banks down 4.7% in July.
|EURO STOXX 50: -0.6%||S&P/ASX 200: +0.4%|
|DAX: -0.5%||Nikkei 225: -0.6%|
|CAC 40: -0.7%||Hang Seng: +0.1%|
|FTSE 100: -0.2%||Shanghai Shenzhen CSI 300: +0.5%|
|IBEX 35: -0.5%||India’s BSE Sensex 30: -0.3%|
Prices measured at 7:45 AM EDT
Separately, French officials announced a gasoline price reduction of approximately six euro cents per liter, as a campaign promise of President Francois Hollande is fulfilled. The CAC 40 decline of 0.7% was leading the region lower, despite the move. The iShares MSCI France Index (EWQ) has risen recently as France has gained with most markets, but it’s vulnerable today.
The euro rose Tuesday against the dollar on that same ECB hope. Mario Draghi will speak in Jackson Hole this weekend, following Ben Bernanke’s highly heralded speech scheduled for Friday morning. The PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bearish (UDN) looks to benefit this morning, as the PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bullish (UUP) is down in early trade. The euro rose 0.4% this morning to $1.2547. The euro is likely to face a test after its recent rally, especially if Mario Draghi can only offer more talk without follow through, as I expect this weekend. However, before long, I also expect the ECB to buy hard-pressed euro nation bonds; investors are keeping that in mind as well.
The shares of major European banks face a test today, but action should be kept in check by the pending discussion from Jackson Hole. Banco Santander S.A. (SAN) is lower 1% in early trading today on the poor Spanish data, and faces a tough go today. Shares of Citigroup (C) are down fractionally and Deutsche Bank (DB) should neither find support. Europe weighs on U.S. stocks today, and has the SPDR S&P 500 down fractionally in early going.
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