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Oct. 29, 2020, 3:04 a.m. EDT

The ECB is meeting — here’s what analysts say to expect

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By Steve Goldstein

The eurozone economy seems destined to contract in the fourth quarter, as a spike in COVID-19 cases has caused governments to once again tighten restrictions on activity. But the European Central Bank is not seen as riding the rescue with more stimulus — at least not at Thursday’s meeting.

Analysts say the ECB is more likely to take action at its December meeting. For now, the central bank will present new staff forecasts that will incorporate new developments, some good and some bad, such as the announcement of a European Union recovery fund, a rise in the value of the euro /zigman2/quotes/210561242/realtime/sampled EURUSD 0.0000% , and a German stimulus package.

The ECB will announce its interest-rate decision at 1:45 p.m. Central European time (8:45 a.m. Eastern), followed by a press conference with ECB President Christine Lagarde.

Here’s a look at what different analysts are saying ahead of the ECB decision.

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