Markets rose on Wednesday, recovering losses from the previous session in anticipation of important data on regional activity and awaiting the ECB's latest monetary policy meeting. At the open, it was up 0.4%. It was followed by the French CAC40 and the FTSE 100 with 0.5% and 0.3% respectively, and finally the Spanish IBEX35 with around 0.4%. A rate cut of 25 basis points from record levels is expected today, heavily influenced and persuaded by signs of moderation in European inflation. The rapidly changing earnings outlook is what is driving this policy possibility. Doubts remain about what will be accepted going into the rest of the year after slightly better-than-forecast inflation data for the eurozone.

The French PMI was similar to expectations overall, but services and composite details were slightly lower, the Spanish PMI slightly better than expected, the Italian PMI disappointed with its lower than expected data, and the German data provided relief by improving expectations. The overall Eurozone as a whole showed for the month of April a larger decline being -1% versus -0.5% expected and on an annual basis, -5.7% versus -5.1% expected. Today we have European Parliament elections across Europe, so PMI and production releases in Spain, Italy, France and Germany, which were expected to be better and did not meet expectations, will most likely affect the currency. Retail sales are expected to be negative due to the slowdown in consumption across Europe, so we will just want to see what the central bank tells us this afternoon.

Regarding the German index, as we said, it has recovered its bullish mood this day. It has come out of the bearish trading zone of the last few weeks. Since Monday, the German spread has recovered 1.70%. We have to see if it will go back above the all-time highs this Friday or look to do so from next week onwards. What is clear on the chart is that the Trading Point is in the 17,000 zone, the shape being the bell of a possible triple bell with no excessive volume at its top, and the RSI at the moment is in the middle zone. For this reason it would not be unusual to see the German index pierce and pull back strongly to at least the area of 18,279 points approximately.

Ion Jauregui - ActivTrades Analyst

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