Economic data included factory orders, industrial production, and trade data from Germany.
While the stats were skewed to the positive, there was little support for the majors, with the markets looking ahead to the ECB policy decision.
ZEW Economic Sentiment figures for Germany and the Eurozone were disappointing, however, pegging the majors back.
At the end of the week, finalized inflation figures from Germany had a muted impact on the majors.
While there were plenty of stats for the markets to consider, it was ultimately the ECB monetary policy decision and press conference that was the main event.
In line with market expectations, the ECB held policy unchanged and talked of economic uncertainty stemming from the Delta variant. Lagarde did confirm plans to modestly reduce the asset purchasing program.
While supporting the majors on the day, the Thursday press conference marked the beginnings of the end to pandemic measures.
From the U.S
Early in the week, JOLT’s job openings for July were upbeat with openings rising from 10.185m to 10.943m. Economists had forecast a decline to 10.000m.
On Thursday, jobless claims were also impressive. In the week ending 3rd September initial jobless claims fell from 345k to 310k.
At the end of the week, wholesale inflation was in focus. In August, the core PPI rose by 0.6% versus a forecasted 0.5%, with the Producer Price Index rising by 0.7% versus a forecasted 0.6%. Both had risen by 1.0% in July.
The Market Movers
From the DAX, it was a bearish week for the auto sector. Volkswagen slid by 3.46%, with Continental and Daimler ending the week down by 2.84% and by 1.65% respectively. BMW saw a more modest 0.40% loss in the week.
It was a bullish week for the banking sector, however. Deutsche Bank rallied by 2.32%, with Commerzbank rising by 0.55%.
From the CAC, it was a bearish week for the banks. BNP Paribas and Credit Agricole fell by 1.95% and by 1.24% respectively, with Soc Gen ending the week down by 0.49%.
It was also a bearish week for the French auto sector. Stellantis NV and Renault slid by 2.46% and by 2.86% respectively.
Air France-KLM fell by a further 3.39%, with Airbus ending the week with a 0.1% loss.
On the VIX Index
It was a 2nd consecutive week in the green for the VIX in the week ending 10th September.
Following an 0.12% rise from the previous week, the VIX jumped by 27.67% to end the week at 20.95.
3-days in the green from 4 sessions, which included a 11.44% rise on Friday delivered the upside.
For the week, the Dow slid by 2.15%, with the NASDAQ and the S&P500 falling by 1.61% and by 1.69% respectively.