Eurozone Confidence Jumps More than Forecasted in September

Economic confidence in the euro area increased more than economists forecast in September, adding to signs the single-currency bloc’s recovery is gaining momentum.

An index of executive and consumer sentiment rose for a fifth month to 96.9 from a revised 95.3 in August, the European Commission in Brussels said today. That beat the median estimate of 96 in a Bloomberg survey of 26 economists.

Signs of resurgence in the euro-area economy since it returned to growth in the second quarter after an 18-month contraction have boosted equities, with the Stoxx Europe 600 Index up more than 4 percent in the last two months. Yet Europe continues to struggle with the legacy of the debt crisis now in its fourth year, including falling industrial production and a jobless rate at a record 12.1 percent.

via Businessweek

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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