Friday, November 27, 2009
Euro-zone Economic Confidence Shows Recovery on the Way
Euro-zone economic confidence in November showed signs of improvement delivering signal that the region is getting on rail of recovery.
Indicator of consumer sentiment rose to 88.8, European Commission figure say. This figures appear to be higher than expected level of 88. Manufacturing and services rose for a fourth straight month spurring up the degree of business activity in 16-nation region.
A better than expected result is mainly driven by ECB`s stimulus programs and its policy of close to zero rates. High unemployment rate and rising Euro are the sources of concern, threatening to slower recovery.
The business activity indicator inclined to -1.56 from revised -1.79 which is higher than the estimated -1.65. European consumer confidence in November rose to -17 better than prior -18 matching expectations. The news affected Forex market investors encouraging them to buy Euros.
Earlier the ECB Chairman Jean-Claude Trichet expressed the idea that the Euro-zone`s recovery will continue growing steadily in 2010. The bank made a decision to buy covered bonds and gave billions of euros to markets within the frames of its emergency programs.