Bad Eurozone Surprises As Crude, Dollar Rally

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The euro doesn’t like negative surprises

Recent months have seen the worst economic results relative to expectations in the eurozone since 2011. Only three other periods in 15 years have seen results as bad as this. All three led to weakness in the euro over the next several months, with gold and stocks also wobbly.

A crude correlation

Crude oil has a tight negative correlation to the U.S. dollar, but over the past month, both have moved higher.

On Monday, oil hit a multi-year high while the dollar hit a multi-month high. Over the past 30 years, that has led to a negative return in oil over the next 1-2 months.

Most-hated currency

Sentiment on the Swiss franc has been dropping quickly and its Optimism Index finally dropped below 20. Over the past five years, it has gotten this low four other distinct times.

No Bueno

According to the Geo-Map, Argentina has overtaken Mexico as the most-hated country. The Optimism Index on the AGT fund fell to a lowly 2, the worst since 2015. According to the Backtest Engine, such a low reading has led to a bounce over the next two days.

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The post titled Bad Eurozone Surprises As Crude, Dollar Rally was originally published as on on 2018-05-09.

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