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Europe Traders Aren’t Waiting Around to See If Rebound Holds

European stocks, which plunged 17 percent to start the year then recouped half the losses, are suddenly treading water. The onset of calm is failing to stem a crush of withdrawals among fund investors.

After surging 14 percent in a five-week rebound through March 14, the Stoxx Europe 600 Index has hit a wall. It’s traded in a range of about 14 points for most of March and is heading for a 2 percent monthly advance, the smallest move in almost a year.

Investors who got burned earlier this year as the region’s equities entered bear territory are reluctant to return to the market amid a faltering recovery. Economic data have been missing projections since January, analysts estimate a 1.6 percent drop in net income for Stoxx 600 companies this year, and managers have withdrawn money from European equity funds for seven straight weeks, the longest streak since October 2014, according to a Bank of America Corp. survey.

Bloomberg [1]

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Craig Erlam

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Based in London, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a market analyst. With many years of experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while producing macroeconomic commentary. His views have been published in the Financial Times, Reuters, The Telegraph and the International Business Times, and he also appears as a regular guest commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business and SKY News. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and is recognised as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.
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