DAX Falls After Weak German Data and Russian Sanctions

Germany’s benchmark stock index entered correction territory on Wednesday, hitting a low of 9030.72 points—10.15 percent down from a high point on June 20. Strategists blamed the worsening situation in Ukraine, and weak data out of Germany.

The DAX recovered somewhat in afternoon trade, reaching 9103.28 points, but remained lower on the day.

Regarding the fall, Daniel Sugarman, market strategist at ETX Capital, told CNBC: “I think it is a combination of ramped up tensions in Russia and also to do with some pretty disappointing figures out of Germany.”

Shares were hit on Wednesday after weak manufacturing data suggested Germany’s economy was losing steam. Orders fell 3.2 percent month-on-month in June—the largest decline since September 2011 and worse than expected.

Manufacturing orders from abroad fell 4.1 percent, which the German Economy Ministry linked to sanctions against Russia amid the Ukrainian crisis. It cited “geopolitical developments and risks” as the dominant factor in the “clear reticence in orders”.

Market fears over Russia worsened on Wednesday, on reports that the country was amassing battalion groups on the Ukrainian border, potentially to invade the country. Both European and U.S. stock declined.

via CNBC

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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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