Euro zone investor morale up in July but recovery could stall - Sentix

FILE PHOTO: The skyline with its banking district is photographed during sunset in Frankfurt, Germany, May 20, 2020, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

BERLIN (Reuters) - Investor morale in the euro zone improved for a third month running in July but a dip in expectations suggests the recovery from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic could soon peter out, a survey showed on Monday.

Sentix’s index for the euro zone rose to -18.2 from -24.8 in June. That compared with the Reuters consensus forecast for a reading of -10.9.

The current situation index rose for a second month in a row, to -49.5 from -61.5 in June. However, the expectations index for the bloc dipped to 19.5 from 21.8.

“There is a danger that the ‘upswing’ could run out of steam as early as the summer,” said Sentix managing director Manfred Huebner.

Investors said they expected that only around 60% of coronavirus-related economic losses would be recovered within a year in the euro zone.

In Germany, investors expect only around 65% to be made up within a year despite the government’s economic stimulus package, with the expectations index also dipping slightly in Europe’s largest economy.

Sentix surveyed 1,109 investors between July 2 and July 4.

Reporting by Emma Thomasson; Editing by Michelle Martin