Let's Talk About Europe

Over the last week or two, sentiment seems to have shifted on Europe. The weekend cover story in Barron's was "Europe's Economy Will Rebound," and on Wednesday, the eurozone PMI came in at a stronger than expected 50.1. This was its first reading above 50 in quite some time and it's a sign that the long GDP contraction on the continent might be coming to an end.

German business confidence is on the upswing and Spanish unemployment dropped for the first time in two years during the second quarter. Recent comments from management at Ford (F) and Daimler indicate that the European auto market seems to be bottoming and second half performance should be better than the first half. Ford also showed improved results from its European operations on its earnings release yesterday....391 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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