sentix ASR Essentials 30-2017

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Eurozone equity sentiment caught in the grip of euro optimism

The latest sentix survey revealed that participants are still running with below average levels of over-investment in equities, while pessimism on indices such as the EuroSTOXX remains notable. This latter development may, to some extent, represent the sentiment flipside of still high optimism on the near-term outlook for the euro, given the risk that euro strength begins to weigh on the outlook for exporters. Sentiment readings on EUR/USD did tick modestly lower over the week, albeit they remain elevated. Any further moderation in euro optimism over the summer might be the catalyst for renewed sentiment support for eurozone equities. See Charts 2-4, p2.

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