Friday, July 31, 2009

European market economic data update: They are hurting too!

According to news reports today, Unemployment rose to 9.4 percent in June, the highest since 1999. More than 3 million people have joined the euro region’s jobless rolls in the last year, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development expects the unemployment rate to reach 12 percent in 2010. The highest rate was in Spain, which came in at an unbelievable 18.1% rate. Prices in the euro region dropped 0.6 percent from a year earlier, the most since the data were first compiled in 1996.

What does this mean for the U.S.? It means it will be difficult for Europe, a large trading partner for us, to purchase U.S. products, thus keeping our revenues pressured for U.S. Corporations and earnings going forward. We are counting now so much more on China than we ever have been, a dangerous move and a critical partner of our future economic stability, that we have increased our risk for recovery. And on that note, U.S. stock futures erased gains after the government said personal consumption slumped more than forecast last quarter.

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