European stockmarkets

Wirecard – and Germany's hypocritical ban on shorting stocks

The German market regulator has taken the highly unusual step of defending a single company from short-sellers. Matthew Partridge reports.

Germany narrowly avoids a recession

Germany’s GDP growth was below the eurozone’s average at just 1.4% in 2018, down from 2.2% in 2017. And it’s all down to reliance on what was once Germany’s biggest strength: exports.

Russia’s rocky recovery is likely to be short-lived

Russia’s economy surprised analysts by growing at its fastest pace in six years in 2018. But investors shouldn’t get too excited.

Chart of the week: German blue-chips dip into the kitty

Germany’s blue-chips are about to start paying their annual dividends. And there’s a record sum in the kitty.

Emerging Europe “is well and truly off the boil”

Emerging Europe is having tough time. Regional year-on-year GDP growth slowed to 1.3% in the fourth quarter, and the MSCI Eastern Europe index slipped by 5% last year.

Will the DAX dive further in 2019?

Germany’s benchmark index, the DAX-30, fell further than most other major markets in 2018. One problem is a downturn in Germany. The other is the slowdown in global growth.

Buy Brazil and watch out for solar flares – some of 2019’s most interesting calls

From buying Brazil to apocalyptic solar flares and the notion of a European debt jubilee, John Stepek looks at some of the more outlandish calls analysts are making for 2019.

Eurozone growth cools as ECB ends QE

Now that the European Central Bank is to stop buying government debt, and growth is slowing, concern over the sustainability of the single currency area is flaring up again.

The market reaction to the French riots goes a long way to explaining them

The “yellow vests” riots in France have met with a typically Gallic shrug from the country’s stockmarket. That’s very telling indeed, says Dominic Frisby.

Is the eurozone gloom overdone?

Compared with US shares, European stocks haven’t been as cheap as they are now in a long time.

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