DAX surges as airline and bank stocks jump

The DAX index has climbed sharply in the Thursday session, after posting small gains on Wednesday. Currently, the DAX is trading at 11,519, up 0.88% on the day. There are no German or eurozone events on the schedule. On Friday, Germany and the eurozone release Manufacturing PMI reports.

Higher risk appetite has boosted the DAX on Thursday, which is currently at its highest level since October 22. Deutsche Bank has jumped 3.46%, and Lufthansa has recovered from a recent downturn, surging 6.76%. The DAX has started November with gains, after a dismal October, which was marked by weak growth and confidence indicators. The DAX plunged some 6.7% in October, skidding to its lowest levels since December 2016.

There was positive news on Wednesday, as eurozone inflation is expected to head higher in October. CPI Flash Estimate ticked higher from 2.1% to 2.2% and Core CPI Flash Estimate rose to 1.1%, up from 0.9%. Both of these readings matched the forecasts. The stronger inflation numbers back up ECB President Mario Draghi’s stance that inflation in showing a “relatively vigorous pick-up”. Higher oil prices are one reason behind stronger inflation numbers. Germany, the bellwether for the rest of the eurozone, is also experiencing higher inflation, which climbed 2.4% in October. Although inflation is on the move, growth in the eurozone has softened in the third quarter. Eurozone GDP posted a weak gain of 0.2% in the third quarter, down from the 0.4% gain in the second quarter. On an annualized basis, eurozone growth slipped to 1.7% in Q3, down from 2.1% in Q2. The situation in Germany is even worse, with the German central bank forecasting zero growth in the third quarter.

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Economic Calendar

Thursday (November 1)

  • There are no German or eurozone events

Friday (November 2)

  • 3:00 German Import Prices. Estimate 0.4%
  • 4:55 German Final Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 52.3
  • 5:00 Eurozone Final Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 52.1

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

DAX, Thursday, November 1 at 7:30 DST

Open: 11,419 Low: 11,416 High: 11,575 Close: 11,519

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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.