Euro Markets Tepid Amidst Final Stages of US Debt Ceiling Talks
Euro Markets Tepid Amidst Final Stages of U.S. Debt Ceiling Talks
European markets opened the day positively, with the benchmark Stoxx 600 index up 0.4%. However, the U.K. retail sales data shows that while consumers are spending more, the impact of inflation has resulted in a decline in volumes from last year. With the Bank of England expected to increase interest rates, consumer spending is likely more likely to decline than rise later this year. Amidst this, U.K. Finance Minister Jeremy Hunt said he would welcome a recession to combat rising inflation. Also, a recession in the U.S. could be good news for the markets, says Michael Yoshikami, CEO of Destination Wealth Management. The IMF has joined the Bank of England in stating that it no longer expects the U.K. to enter a recession this year, yet admits the outlook is “subdued.” Meanwhile, the final stage of U.S. debt ceiling talks that could impact European investors is ongoing. The markets are expected to be mixed in this scenario, but some stocks are still trading below their fair value estimates.
* The Bank of England is expected to publish minutes from their latest meeting on interest rates next Thursday, May 24.
* Germany has been hit by its first technical recession since 2013. Revised statistics showed that it entered a technical recession in the year’s first quarter.
* Wednesday, The U.S. Senate approved a rollback of the Dodd-Frank banking regulations. The move drew criticism from many who believe the rollback placed the country in a risky position after the last financial crisis less than a decade ago.
As the Bank of England moves closer to increasing interest rates and U.S. debt ceiling talks enter their final stages, investors in European markets brace for a mixed bag. While some parts of the market remain overbought, certain stocks remain undervalued. As inflation and recession fears loom, investors must remain vigilant and carefully evaluate their investments.
Despite various economic indicators pointing towards the possibility of a recession in the U.K. and the U.S., the markets in Europe began on a positive note on Friday. The Bank of England is expected to increase interest rates, and a potential U.S. recession could have positive implications for the markets. However, the appearance of undervalued stocks amidst increased caution advises investors to maintain a careful approach.