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LGT Navigator: Investor sentiment in the euro zone deteriorates noticeably

October 8, 2019

The Sentix economic index for Germany and the euro zone slipped deeper into the red in October due to increasing economic concerns and shows a noticeable deterioration in investor sentiment.

"A positive reaction to the central banks' aid measures failed to materialize, and economic assessments are falling across the board," explained Sentix Managing Director Patrick Hussy. For Germany, the economic index fell from -12.8 to -19.4 points, the lowest level since July 2009. The economic index for the euro zone fell from -11.1 to -16.8 points, the lowest level since March 2013.

Orders received by German industry fall in August

Order intake by German industry in August was weaker than expected. According to the German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), it fell by -0.6% compared to the previous month. Thus, the downward trend of recent months continued contrary to expectations. The economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires had forecast an increase of +0.2%.

Banks in the euro zone mostly well equipped for crisis situations

ECB supervisors have recently resumed the biennial stress test with over 100 credit institutions in the euro area. The aim is to find out how many days banks can "continue to operate on the basis of available means of payment and collateral without access to refinancing markets" in the event of a shock. If customers were to withdraw large sums of money in a short period of time, the liquidity situation at most banks would look "comfortable" overall, the ECB supervisor said yesterday. According to this, about half of the financial institutions would hold out for more than six months without having to rely on outside capital. In the case of extreme distortions, it would be more than four months. This would give institutions more time to react to financial turmoil than before the severe financial crisis in 2008, which prompted supervisors to tighten regulations in general.

Portugal's bonds supported by political stability

At the height of the euro crisis in 2012, the yield on ten-year Portuguese government bonds was still 15 percentage points higher than that of their German counterparts. In the meantime, the risk premium has fallen to 0.7 percentage points. In addition to robust economic growth, a reduction in the budget deficit from eleven to 0.5% of GDP contributed to this. Most recently, the credit rating upgrade by the rating agency DBRS from "BBB" to "BBB (high) with stable outlook" and the outcome of last Sunday's parliamentary elections also boosted investor confidence. With 37% of the vote, Prime Minister António Costa's Socialist Party emerged stronger from the elections and can continue its minority government. As a result, the yield on ten-year securities fell yesterday to an all-time low of around 0.11%.

What you should keep in mind this week


  • US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell to speak at NABE (National Association of Business Economics) Annual Conference in Denver
  • Development of US producer prices in September
  • NFIB tuning barometer for small US companies
  • Caixin Purchasing Managers Index for China's service sector


  • Publication of minutes of US Fed meeting in September


  • Start of two-day talks in Washington between China's trade delegates around Vice Premier Liu He and their American counterparts
  • Development of US consumer prices in September
  • France and Italy's industrial production in August
  • Publication of the minutes of the September ECB meeting


  • University of Michigan Consumer Confidence Index in September

Economic Indicators October 8

MEZ Country Indicator Last
03:45 CN Caixin Services PMI 52.29
08:00 DE Industrial Production (y/y) -4.27%
14:30 US Producer Prices (y/y) 1.80%

Earnings Calendar October 8

Country Corporate Period
SZ Aryzta Y



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Core Personal Consumption Expenditure
MEZCountryIndicatorLast08:00DERetail Sales (y/y)-1.7%08:45FRConsumer Prices EU Harmonized (y/y)1.4%09:00ESGDP (y/y)2.4%09:55DEUnemployment Rate5.0%11:00EUGDP (y/y)1.2%11:00EUCore Consumer Prices (y/y)1.1%11:00EUUnemployment Rate7.5%11:00ITConsumer Prices EU Harmonized (y/y)0.8%12:00ITGDP (q/q)0.12%14:15USADP Employment Report102k20:00USFederal Funds Target Rate2.5%