European PMIs Boosted by Weak EUR

Manufacturing and jobs are picking up in the eurozone thanks to the weaker euro, according to a survey.
Markit’s purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for the manufacturing sector rose to a 10-month high of 52.2 in March as eurozone factories benefited from the weaker currency.

It is the 23rd consecutive month that the index has been over 50, indicating growth rather than contraction.

Companies created jobs at the quickest pace for three and a half years.

“March saw the sharpest increase in new export orders since April 2014. Companies reported that the weaker euro was the main factor driving new export orders higher,” said Chris Williamson, Markit’s chief economist.

“This is still a fledgling recovery, however, and the overall rate of expansion remains only modest.”
Ireland and Spain led the board with PMI figures of 56.8 and 54.3 respectively, while growth also improved in Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.

But PMI readings in France, Greece and Austria remained below 50.

The euro has fallen nearly 12% since January due to the expectation and then implementation of the European Central Bank’s policy of increasing the money supply through quantitative easing.

via BBC

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Alfonso Esparza

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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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