European market: FTSE and DAX shake off Eurovision blues, make modest gains as focus shifts to economic data
The UK labour market data may indicate a cooling trend and the ZEW economic survey is expected to show a decline in current business conditions and economic expectations in Germany.
If there were a correlation between how a county does at Eurovision and how its stock market performs immediately after, it would have been a bad start to a new week for the FTSE and the DAX, with both countries contestants finishing in the bottom two.
Fortunately, no such correlation exists, and both the FTSE and the DAX were able to make modest gains in quiet trading overnight. Without major market-moving events this week in the US (besides ongoing debt ceiling negotiations), the focus will be on European economic data.
In the UK, labour market data will be released at 4pm AEST this afternoon.
Last month the unemployment rate in the UK increased by 0.1% to 3.8% in the quarter to February 2023. It provides preliminary evidence that a red-hot labour market is finally cooling and that the BoE’s twelve consecutive rate hikes are having the desired impact.
The employment report is expected to see the unemployment rate remain at 3.8%. However, a higher rate and slightly lower wages growth would go some way to putting a hawkish BoE at ease, who expect the unemployment rate to “remain below 4% until the end of 2024, before rising over the second half of the forecast period to around 4½%.”
In Germany, the ZEW economic survey for May is due this evening at 7.00 pm AEST.
Current business conditions are expected to fall to -37 from -32.5 in April, and the forward-looking Economic expectations index is expected to fall to -5 in May from +4.1 in April. This would be the weakest print in 2023 and the first time the index has slipped back into negative territory since December last year.
Also, due tonight at 7pm AEST is the second estimate of Q1 Euro Area GDP and EA employment.
DAX technical analysis
As noted last week, the stunning outperformance of European Equities since September is running out of steam.
However, a sustained break back below support at 15,700/500 (coming from the highs in February and March and uptrend support from the October 11,829 low) is needed to confirm that a deeper pullback is underway towards the 200-day moving average at 14,400. Until then, allow the rally to extend towards 16,400.
DAX daily chart
FTSE technical analysis
The BoE’s twelfth consecutive rate hike last week and hawkish tone saw the FTSE probe more deeply into the key 7700/7580 support zone. Not far below here resides the support coming from 200-day moving average at 7515. While the FTSE holds above these levels, a retest of 8000 is possible.
However, a sustained break of the 200-day moving average of 7515 would confirm that a deeper pullback is underway and allow the FTSE to trade towards year-to-date lows 7300/7200 area.
FTSE daily chart
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