Friday, September 21, 2007

Eurozone Slows

by Calculated Risk on 9/21/2007 07:35:00 PM

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From the Financial Times: Eurozone suffers ‘worst’ jolt since 9/11

The eurozone economy has this month suffered its biggest jolt ... with global financial turmoil hitting the services sector particularly hard, according to a closely watched survey.

The unexpectedly steep fall on Friday in the eurozone purchasing managers’ index – the third consecutive monthly drop ...

... financial markets have started speculating that the next ECB interest rate move will be downwards.
With the Euro at $1.41, and an ongoing credit crunch, it is no surprise that the Eurozone economy is slowing. Yesterday I argued that if the trade deficit has peaked - as seems likely - the dollar is probably much closer to the bottom than the top.

This would be the other side of the coin: with the weak dollar, trade from the Eurozone to the U.S. will slow, impacting the Eurozone economy (although the service sector took the biggest hit in this report). This will probably lead to rate cuts in Europe - and that would also support the dollar at the current level.