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Europe’s Economic Outlook Improves, SBB Buys Back Bonds, Wall Street Starts the Day Bearish

Portfolio managers have a positive view on Europe’s economic outlook, according to Stock Exchange participants.

Europe’s Economic Outlook Improves, SBB Buys Back Bonds, Wall Street Starts the Day Bearish

In the morning, Europe woke up to a positive outlook for its economy as a recent Bank of America portfolio manager survey indicated an improvement in the region’s economic outlook within the next 12 months. The FTSE 100 in London and the DAX in Frankfurt were both up by 0.1 percent, while the CAC 40 in Paris remained stable.

The Bank of America survey showed that a net 21 percent of respondents expect Europe’s economic outlook to improve, which is the first positive sentiment reported in nearly two years by Bloomberg news agency. Furthermore, 45 percent of survey respondents believe that cyclical stocks will outperform defensive ones as lending becomes easier and based on purchasing manager indices, with the weighting of cyclicals higher than defensives since January 2022.

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Meanwhile, Bloomberg reported that Swedish real estate company SBB is buying back its bonds worth approximately 163 million euros to reduce its debt burden. Deutsche Telekom also announced an increase in its share buyback program from 250 million euros to 800 million euros. Futures markets indicate a bearish opening for Wall Street as S&P 500 and Nasdaq futures are slightly down, while Dow Jones futures are also lower today.

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