DAX Edges Lower on Mixed Eurozone Data

The DAX is almost unchanged in the Tuesday session. Currently, the DAX is at 13,033.48, down 0.31% on the day. On the release front, there are a host of German and eurozone indicators. German Preliminary GDP accelerated to 0.8% in the third quarter, above the estimate of 0.6%. German Final CPI remained unchanged at a flat 0.0%. Eurozone Flash GDP remained unchanged at 0.6%, matching the forecast. ZEW Economic Sentiment reports were mixed. The German release of 18.7 missed the forecast of 19.8, while the Eurozone reading jumped to 30.9, above the estimate of 29.3 points. Central bankers will attend an ECB event in Frankfurt, and the markets will be listening closely to Mario Draghi and Janet Yellen. On Wednesday, the eurozone releases Trade Balance.

Germany’s economy continues to fire on all cylinders, and jumped to 0.8% in the third quarter, recording its strongest quarter since 2014. Germany’s economy is growing at annualized rate of 2.8% in 2017. The catalyst for the strong reading was an increase in business investment, as sales of machinery and equipment increased. German fundamentals remain strong, as business and consumer confidence is high and unemployment remains at record-low levels. However, the positive economic conditions have failed to trigger much inflation, which has been a problem throughout the eurozone. German Final CPI dripped to 0.0% in October, the first time inflation has not moved higher since May. Germany has been the locomotive for the euorozone, and boosted traditional laggards such as France and Spain. Geopolitical concerns such as Catalonia and Brexit have the potential to crash the party, but in the meantime, eurozone indicators have generally been pointing upwards.

With central banks signalling major policy shifts, communicating clearly with markets has become even more critical. The ECB is hosting a meeting on the challenges of central bank communication, and Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi will both be participating in the discussions. The ECB is set to taper its asset-purchase program in January, while the Fed has started trimming its massive balance sheet. Both Yellen and Draghi are all-too-familiar with unwanted market movement when investors have misinterpreted the Fed or the ECB, and will not want to repeat past mistakes.

Economic Calendar

Tuesday (November 14)

  • 2:00 German GDP. Estimate 0.6%. Actual 0.8%
  • 2:00 German Final CPI. Estimate 0.0%. Actual 0.0%
  • 5:00 ECB President Mario Draghi Speaks
  • 5:00 Eurozone Flash GDP. Estimate 0.6%. Actual 0.6%
  • 5:00 German ZEW Economic Sentiment. Estimate 19.8. Actual 18.7
  • 5:00 Eurozone Industrial Production. Estimate -0.6%. Actual -0.6%
  • 5:00 Eurozone ZEW Economic Sentiment. Estimate 29.3. Actual 30.9

Wednesday (November 15)

  • 5:00 Eurozone Trade Balance. Estimate 21.4B
  • Tentative – German 10-year Bond Auction

*All release times are GMT

*Key events are in bold

DAX, Tuesday, November 14 at 12:40 EDT

Open: 13,105.75 High: 13,139.75 Low: 13,000.15 Close: 13,033.48

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Kenny Fisher joined OANDA in 2012 as a Currency Analyst. Kenny writes a daily column about current economic and political developments affecting the major currency pairs, with a focus on fundamental analysis. Kenny began his career in forex at Bendix Foreign Exchange in Toronto, where he worked as a Corporate Account Manager for over seven years.