The overall market sentiment is mixed as new virus cases continue rising throughout the world, but most economic indicators came out better than analysts expected. Let’s look at the main market movements.
German private sector surge reaches four-year minimum in December
In December, Germany's private sector expansion speeded down to a four-year minimum, as a survey disclosed. The given outcome suggested that surge in the EU’s leading economy might be poor in the final quarter.
Gauging the services and manufacturing sectors accounting for more than two-thirds of the German economy, IHS Markit's flash composite Purchasing Managers' Index went down from 52.3 to 52.2 in the previous month.
This year the index has sunk up to eight times, including the final four months of this year due to the fact that the German economy decelerates because of one-off effects, such as car registration bottlenecks and also more lasting headwinds from trade clashes.
As Chris Williamson, Markit experts pointed out, he actually expected the German economy to head north by up to 0.2% in the final quarter following a dive in the July-September period.
The expert added that while the EU’s number one economy wasn’t facing an immediate risk of a downtime, nevertheless, the outlook still appears to be dismal, especially as the possibility of the United Kingdom departing from the European bloc in 2019 without a clear agreement on future relations lurks on the horizon.
The expert stressed that the risk of a meltdown has headed north, although they still don't see it happening in their projections.
A number of bottlenecks in new car registrations because of the introduction of tougher pollution standards as well as a drought, which provoked disruptions to ferried deliveries of fuel and also other raw materials, have put powerful pressure on the leading economy of the European Union.
The expert is 100% assured that clearing the vehicle registration bottlenecks and also getting traffic on key waterways back to normal would undoubtedly ensure a much-needed push for the German economy.
The US NFP will be published on August 7 at 15:30 MT time.
The market sentiment is indeed risk-on today. Stocks, riskier currencies and gold are rising amid the waning US dollar.
Follow the BOE monetary policy and rate statements on August 6 at 14:00 MT time…