Despite weak eurozone statistics, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) analysts remain bullish on the euro.
"Eurozone statistics for the third quarter turned out to be the weakest over the past four years, which apparently explains the uncertain behavior of the single European currency. It is assumed that external trade pressure, as well as political uncertainty in Italy and France, will continue, causing a further slowdown in the pace of recovery in eurozone GDP," representatives of the financial institution said.
"Meanwhile, the situation in the European labor market remains favorable, which ensures a high level of consumer spending, and hence GDP growth. In the third quarter, wages increased by a record value in almost 10 years. At the same time, the unemployment rate fell below 8% for the first time in the last decade," they added.
"Despite the fact that the balance of risks has probably shifted to the negative side, the ECB continues to consider the economic outlook for the eurozone to be rather positive, which will further allow the regulator to carry out, albeit careful, but still raising interest rates. It is possible that this will happen in the second half of the year against the backdrop of consistently high inflation expectations," the experts noted.
According to the CIBC forecast, by the end of this year, the euro against the dollar may rise to $ 1.22.
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