Services and Manufacturing Continue to Weaken in the Eurozone - FX Leaders News
The trend for German manufacturing looks pretty bearish

Services and Manufacturing Continue to Weaken in the Eurozone

Posted Friday, November 23, 2018 by
Skerdian Meta • 1 min read

The European Central Bank (ECB) has been pretty sure that the weakness in Q2 for the Eurozone economy was temporary and they have repeated many times that the economy would rebound in Q3 and towards the end of the year. But the numbers have only been getting worse every month.

Services in the Eurozone have declined from around 57 points in January to around 53 points now. What’s worse is that manufacturing, which is the backbone of the core European economies, has been declining even faster.

Manufacturing used to be at around 60 points at the beginning of the year, but now it stands at just 51.5 points, which is pretty close to falling flat or even contracting. Below is the table with all the numbers.

ActualExpectedPrevious
French Flash Manufacturing PMI 50.751.251.2
French Flash Services PMI 55.054.955.3
German Flash Manufacturing PMI 51.652.352.2
German Flash Services PMI 53.354.654.7
Eurozone Flash Manufacturing PMI 51.65252
Eurozone Flash Services PMI 53.153.653.7

As you can see, almost all actual numbers are considerably lower than expected. The Euro has turned bearish now considering that the ECB will have to accept that the Eurozone economy has not really rebounded in Q3. I suppose the odds for a rate hike next September will be even lower now.

EUR/USD is bound to resume the bearish trend and remain bearish for some time. I expect to see 1.10 in the coming weeks.

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Skerdian Meta is our Lead Analyst
Skerdian Meta Lead Analyst. Skerdian is a professional Forex trader and a market analyst. He has been actively engaged in market analysis for the past 11 years. Before becoming our head analyst, Skerdian served as a trader and market analyst in Saxo Bank's local branch, Aksioner. Skerdian specialized in experimenting with developing models and hands-on trading. Skerdian has a masters degree in finance and investment.
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