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Eurozone Sentix Investor Confidence Improves In December

Eurozone investor confidence improved to a 4-month high in December, survey figures from the think-tank Sentix showed Monday.

The investor confidence index rose more-than-expected to -2.5 from -11.9 in November. The score was forecast to rise to -9.

The improvement was mainly driven by an "extraordinary rise" in investors' 6-month expectations, it said. The expectations index came in at 12, up from -2 in November.

Such a strong improvement was reported only twice in the history of the Sentix Economic Index, one in August 2005, ahead of German elections, and in February 2012 when the European Central Bank was about to launch its second LTRO.

At the same time, the current situation index rose to -16 in December from -21.3 in November, which was the lowest since August 2013.

The Eurozone stands out so clearly this month should be due to the expectation that the ECB will start a large scale asset buying programme soon. In addition, the weak euro and the fall in oil prices are obviously perceived as economic boosters.

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