It was a relatively bullish day for the European majors on Wednesday. The CAC40 and the DAX30 rose by 0.53% and by 0.28% respectively, with the EuroStoxx600 eking out a 0.02% gain.
Market caution ahead of the FOMC monetary policy decision and all-important press conference limited the upside on the day.
Impressive corporate earnings from Deutsche Bank supported the banking sector amidst continued hope of a strong economic rebound in the 2nd half of the year.
It was a relatively quiet day on the economic calendar on Wednesday. German consumer confidence was in focus ahead of the European open.
German GfK Consumer Climate
While the propensity to buy increased once more, albeit modestly, there were marked declines in economic and income expectations.
According to the GfK,
The income indicator slid by 13 points to 9.3 points, with the economic expectation indicator tumbling by 10.4 points to 7.3 points.
As a result, GfK is forecasting a decrease of 8.8 points in consumer confidence in May 2021. This was down by 2.7 points from a revised -6.1 points from April.
Hopes for further easing of restrictions and a revival of consumption have been noticeably dampened.
Leading economic research institutes significantly scaled back their consumption forecasts for this year. According to forecasts, real private consumption spending will hardly increase at all, rising by just 0.2% compared with 2020.
Researchers had previously forecasted consumption growth of as much as 4.9% for this year. The ECB had also relied on consumer spending to fuel the economic recovery before the third wave of the pandemic hit the EU.
Economic research institutes have also downgraded the economic growth outlook for 2021 from 4.7% to 3.7% as a result of weaker consumption forecasts.
From the U.S
Trade data was in focus later in the European session.
In March, the U.S goods trade deficit widened from $87.07bn to $90.59bn.
The stats had a muted impact on the European majors, however, with the markets focused on the FED policy decision and press conference.
The Market Movers
For the DAX: It was another mixed day for the auto sector on Wednesday. Volkswagen and BMW fell by 1.15% and by 0.75% respectively, with Continental ending the day down by 0.02%. Daimler bucked the trend once more, rising by 0.80%.
It was another bullish day for the banks. Deutsche Bank surged by 11.17%, supported by better than expected earnings, with Commerzbank rallying by 3.11%.
From the CAC, it was a bullish day for the banks. Credit Agricole rose by 1.30%, with BNP Paribas and Soc Gen rallying by 3.12% and by 3.60% respectively.
It was also a bullish day for the French auto sector. Stellantis NV rose by 0.59%, with Renault ending the day up by 1.81%.
Air France-KLM rose by 0.38%, while Airbus SE slipped by 0.49%.
On the VIX Index
It was a 2nd consecutive day the red for the VIX on Wednesday.
Following a 0.45% decline from Tuesday, the VIX fell by 1.59% to end the day at 17.28.
The Dow and the NASDAQ fell by 0.48% and by 0.28% respectively, with the S&P500 ending the day down by 0.08%.