EU Stoxx 50, Coronavirus, Brexit – Talking Points
- Bears briefly break summer price range to the downside
- Lack of upcoming fundamental catalysts leaves focus on virus
- Rising Covid cases across Europe alarms policy makers
EU Stoxx 50 Index price action broke down last week, in line with US equities, as the index fell to a new multi-month low amid a resurgence of wide-spread volatility in global financial markets. Monday saw a return of risk appetite with the index rising nearly 2.5% and bringing it back into a range established through the summer months. Now, with price clinging to levels just above the July lows, bears appear to be well positioned for another push lower.
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While the index has managed to record a significant gain from its March low, year-to-date price performance sits nearly 11% lower. Bullish momentum stalled out following the July 21 high at 3451.2, as optimism surrounding a solid “V-shaped” recovery dimmed. The post-March high hasn’t been challenged since.
With the technical setup appearing to favor a move to the downside, bulls will likely need a decisive shift in risk sentiment or a fundamental catalyst before any significant move to test the upper range of price forms.
COVID Cases Tick Higher Across Major EU Economies
Source: Johns Hopkins, Coronavirus Resource Center
Granted that, the coming week offers little in the cards for a fundamental catalyst according to the DailyFX Economic Calendar. Ongoing Brexit talks between the EU and Britain continue to underwhelm, but any tangible steps forward may provide a boost in risk appetite. Still, the alarming trend higher in Covid cases may cancel out any positive Brexit news, if any.