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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Germany's Exports Decline Amidst Increasing European Investor Pessimism

Data released on Tuesday shows that Germany's Exports continue to drop amidst increasing European Investor pessimism, as shown on the graphs below. Investor confidence remains in negative territory below the levels seen in 2010 and at those seen in 2009. This data reflects recent data coming out of Europe which shows a weakening economy and escalating unemployment, as mentioned in my post of April 3rd.



As I'm writing this an hour after Tuesday's U.S. market open, the European markets are down hard, as shown below...in particular Spain and Italy. As I mentioned in my post of March 9th, Europe is clearly on the defensive...it's difficult to grow a robust and healthy economy under these conditions.


Additionally, the European Financials ETF (EUFN) has been declining sharply on confirming bearish MACD, Stochastics and RSI signals, as shown on the Daily chart below. So far, the effects of the ECB's LTRO2 have not been positive on the financials sector or on the EUR/USD as shown on the Daily chart below.



UPDATE: Here's how European markets closed: