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Mind the sentiment gap between Emerging Markets & Commodities

The latest sentix survey throws up an interesting divergence in opinion on the Emerging Markets (EMs) and Commodities. While the tide of optimism continues to rise in the case of markets such as China, sentiment has turned sharply negative on Commodities such as Crude and Gold (see Charts 2-4 on Page 2). This appears odd given sentiment towards both asset classes has historically had a reasonably close relationship. The extent of the current sentiment gap between EMs and Commodities suggests the relationship may be beginning to break down.

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sentix ASR Essentials 33-2014

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ECB moves further undermine Euro sentiment

The latest Sentix survey provides a timely view of investor sentiment following last week's ECB policy moves. Initially, at least, they have been taken well by equity markets, with both near and medium-term sentiment readings for the EuroSTOXX also continuing to edge higher (see Page 3). In the case of Eurozone bonds, investors appear more equivocal on the medium-term outlook, though they view economic developments as becoming more bond-supportive (Chart 2, page 2). On the other side of the sentiment divide, however, survey participants have become even more downbeat on the outlook for the single currency. Pessimism on the nearterm prospects for Euro versus USD has returned to historic lows, while pessimism on the medium-term remains in the ascendancy (Charts 3 and 4, page 2).

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sentix ASR Essentials 32-2014

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Persistent pessimism on the Euro versus USD

European assets have been at the centre of some notable summer sentiment setbacks. The latest sentix survey indicates that investor pessimism on the nearterm outlook for Eurozone equities and the single currency has become less notable, with readings pulling back from the extremes reached in the past month (see Chart 2). However, while the latest survey suggests that medium-term sentiment towards European equities may be beginning to revive, albeit modestly, the path of Euro/USD sentiment remains firmly downwards (Chart 4, page 2). Investors remain deeply pessimistic on the outlook for the Euro from a strategic perspective.

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sentix ASR Essentials 31-2014

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Stocks scepticism rises

Currently FX markets are moving investors' emotions more than stocks or bonds. But crude oil is also sending a sentiment signal. Inves-tors have difficulties to understand the price behaviour of the "black gold" against the background of the crises in the Middle East and the Ukraine. An important factor is that the me-dium-term picture for stocks be-comes more and more blurred. This has already led to noteworthy portfolio adjustments.

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sentix ASR Essentials 30-2014

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Investors on the Defensive

The latest sentix survey indicates that investor sentiment towards equity markets remains undermined by recent reversals. At a market level, survey readings based on investors' opinion on the medium-term outlook have yet to reverse their recent declines. At a sector level, monthly questions on participants' views on European sectors in a relative context also reveal a further swing away from cyclical sectors such as Autos, Construction and Industrials, towards defensives such as Food & Beverage and Healthcare (see Charts 2 & 3, page 2). Investors appear to have firmly moved onto a defensive footing in terms of their sector preferences.

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